Canoe Polo Old Boys!
On the water and in the game, three of our senior players tell that canoe polo is more than just a sport.
Enthused by his son, Bill Reynolds started playing in 1983. That’s a little while back. Falling out of a Gladiator polo kayak five times at first attempts to paddle, he persevered and went on to represent Victoria at five national championships in the veterans’ category. Bill is also a referee, but enjoys most the camaraderie of his regular team, the Factorians, from the Canoe Factory Club. In his words ‘polo is great fun’. At 82, Bill is our oldest player.
Gary Flanigan is reasonably new, having played for a short eleven years. A member of Fairfield Canoe Club, his daughter was already playing but seeking dad’s help to purchase a few boats for the club. A passing interest led to joining the Factorians team and a regular stint as goal keeper. He enjoys the exercise and good company. Off the water, Gary followed canoeing to serve as president of CV for ten years. Gary is 77.
A youngster by comparison, John Shields is 72, playing for thirty years. It’s a familiar story, looking to improve rolling for white water trips, polo proved to be more fun. His three children took to the sport as well. Joining the masters’ team with other mums and dads, he’s formed many enduring family friendships. A member of Victoria Canoe Club John plays with the Dolphins team. Competitive, representing Victoria many times, also a referee. He constructed the first floating goals to allow competitions on the Yarra and Maribyrnong rivers and is always at hand to assist whenever needed, be it settling new players into a boat, mentoring referees or joining a committee. Away from polo, John maintains boats and gear for CV.
Our three senior players recall times of over 500 players in the Melbourne competition, four nights a week, at two or three pools. Over the years Bill, Gary and John, have played at most, if not all of the polo venues: Beaurepaire, Prahran, Brunswick, Essendon, Fitzroy, Balwyn, Hawthorn, Richmond and also Monash and Latrobe Universities. Competing, contributing, leading, enjoying; Congratulations to each of you on the many successful years in canoe polo.
Sunday October 1st, 2017 2:23pm -> Monday April 10th, 2017 1:55pm