TAURANGA WATER POLO HISTORY


Water Polo in Tauranga

• Obviously you need a suitable deep water pool – that’s why there’s no water polo in cities like New Plymouth, Napier, Whangarei, Whakatāne, Gisborne, and in 2001 there wasn't one in Tauranga either

•Paul Kayes was Head of science at BOP Polytechnic. After creating the Marine studies programme and redeveloping the sports programmes Paul said “we need a pool here at the Polytechnic” and then “we have a pool now so lets start a water polo club”

2003: It all began in Term 1, senior school, junior school, intermediate, flippa ball, club teams from U14 to U18 and social / business house water polo. 

2004: A massive push for flippa ball including bussing 2000 kids to Greerton pool to learn about the game.

2005: First National Medal, Silver for the u16 Boys and 3 national players.

2006: Baywave opens allowing massive expansion for the club including hosting national tournaments and enabling schools to train much more than at the Polytech. National Mens team entered.

2009: Joseph Kayes goes to Hungary as the club is recognised in the newpapers more and more.  Click here for a Tagata Pasifika piece from 2012 about Joseph.

2014: The clubs first National Gold Medals for the u16 Boys and the first PanPacs Gold from the u14 Boys.

Since then the club has grown and had more and more successes including countless medals throughout the age groups and in Pan Pacific games.