Brisbane to host Australian Youth Water Polo Championships
Brisbane Marketing, together with Tourism and Events Queensland, has secured the inaugural Australian Youth Water Polo Championships for the next two years, which will see around 190 clubs from across the country attend.
Water Polo Australia has created the Australian Youth Water Polo Championships to bring together six established national age club championships into a two-week festival of water polo in the heart of Brisbane.
Water Polo Australia President Thomas Whalan said the new event was a game changer for the sport and had been made possible thanks to the Queensland Government and Brisbane Marketing, working on behalf of the Brisbane City Council.
“The Australian Youth Water Polo Championships is ground breaking for our sport and we are thrilled to be taking this event to Brisbane for the next two years,” Mr Whalan said.
“The event will feature national championships for competitors aged under-12 through under-18s, but more than that, it will allow us to connect the community through auxiliary events to give people a taste of water polo.
“On behalf of the water polo community, we thank Tourism and Events Queensland and Brisbane Marketing for recognising the potential of this event and investing in its future.”
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said securing the new Australian Youth Water Polo Championships was a win for the sport of water polo and a win for Brisbane.
“The Championships will streamline six events into one major one, giving scale to the event and raising the profile of water polo to a national audience,” Cr Quirk said.
“Set to attract thousands of competitors, the Championships will deliver flow-on economic benefits for Brisbane’s tourism, retail and hospitality sectors for a two-week period in January, and once again enhance the city’s reputation as a sporting destination.”
The Australian Youth Water Polo Championships will be held at multiple venues across Brisbane, with the final venues to be confirmed in the coming months.