The FINA World Aquatics Day began in Port Moresby at 9am on 1st July, 2017 at the Taurama Aquatic Centre (TAC) with the introduction of Water Polo.  Young and old came together to play a new aquatic discipline with Papua New Guinea Swimming Inc. (PNGSI) hosting and celebrating the inaugural event with a round robin game of water polo.

“The FINA World Aquatics Day was officially launched in 2017 to celebrate and encourage the power of aquatic sports for social wellbeing and development in all corners of the world,” said the FINA President Dr Julio Maglione.  208 National Member Federations affiliated to FINA were invited to celebrate this Day.

“The main objective is to encourage the masses around the globe to participate in physical activity in water with a common objective to enjoy aquatic physical activity.”

The day provided an excellent opportunity to introduce, promote and encourage the sport of Water Polo into Papua New Guinea. Non elite athletes, children, swimmers, past swimmers, coaches, technical officials all came together to partake in the event with a common objective; to enjoy aquatic physical activity. 

“We were very fortunate leading up to the FINA World Aquatics Day to have a FINA Development Water Polo Clinic for coaches that was held in Port Moresby at the Taurama Aquatic Centre,” said PNGSI President Elizabeth Wells.

“It provided a great opportunity and a pathway to introduce the game into PNG with Mr. Aleksandr Osadchuk, the High Performance Manager of the Water Polo Program at Queensland Academy of Sport, conducting the clinic and teaching the art of officiating on the day.

“PE Teachers, Coaches and Technical Officials and others interested in learning the game of Water Polo came together over 5 days in a safe and fun Aquatic environment.” “They found the sport to be skilful, exciting, and new,  and well worth the effort to be involved in for fitness and fun and will now take the game back into their schools, communities and villages, teaching it in the pools, rivers and oceans.”

The game of water polo is an international sport and is played by two teams of seven players, six field players and one goal keeper. Game play involves swimming treading water (using a kicking motion known as “eggbeater kick“), players passing the ball while being defended by opponents, and scoring by throwing the ball into a net defended by the goal keeper.

The duration of a game is four eight minute periods. Time commences at the start of each period and the clock is stopped throughout the game during stoppages with time resuming once the ball is put back in the field of play either by a player taking the appropriate throw or when the ball is touched by a player following a neutral throw.  The sport combines speed and strength, as well as teamwork and a high level of fitness.

 “I am sure that many good and positive ideas will come from our National Member Federations,” said Dr Julio Maglione.  “This initiative is a great example of how we can promote together and in many different ways, our fantastic disciplines.” 

The sport of Water Polo is governed by FINA the world body of Aquatic Sports, and is played in over 100 countries.  It is an energetic sport which emphasises swimming ability and ball skill over toughness.  It is played by both men and women of all ages and abilities.

Concluding, The FINA World Aquatic Day in Port Moresby Papua New Guinea was well celebrated and enjoyed by all who participated.


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