Tauranga is hosting the ‘Water Polo on the Waterfront’ event in February next year.
The Tauranga Water Polo Club has organised the two day event, taking place on the February 23-24 in a roped off ‘pool’ in the harbour beside the tidal steps.
The event is different to any other Water Polo competition, as competitors will play in the sea rather than a manmade pool.
The changing tides, water levels and currents will add an element of uncertainty to the matches.
“What we’re really keen to bring to the Tauranga waterfront is a fun, exciting, fast and action-packed couple of days of some really high profile water polo,” Says Danny Kayes of the Tauranga Water Polo Club
Danny hopes that the calibre of athletes is high for the event.
“I’ve already approached some members of the New Zealand team and they’re really interested. We’re also hoping to get a few expats down, players who have previously played for New Zealand and are now in overseas leagues.”
To add to the tournament, food stalls and entertainment areas will be included in the complex to attract members of the public.
Each team will be made up of five players, with a total of twelve teams participating in the tournament.