NSW Championships Festival to Hit Centre Stage in December 2018
Water Polo NSW (WPNSW) is pleased to announce the NSW Championship Festival (NSWCF) for 2018. The Festival will see the State Aged Championships played in an 8-day event format at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre in December 2018.
- Dates: 3/12/18 - 10/12/18
- Location: Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre
- Gender: Female & Male.
- Age Groups: U14, U16, U18, U22 (Col Smee).
- Pools of Play: Fours pool of simultaneous play
- Competition Structure: multiple games played per team each day with ‘A’ and ‘B’ divisions offered for U14 & U16 age groups (subject to entries)
Event Benefits - the format change will contribute to numerous benefits for the Water Polo community. These include:
- Over $700,000 saved by the athlete & families compared to the traditional Championships format
- Over 1000 athletes and 500 matches to be played at the event.
- Over 50 matches to be live-streamed
- Predicted media exposure to reach over 50,000.
- Reduced environmental footprint - 20,000 litres of petrol saved, and 49 tons of Carbon emissions reduced
- Improved quality management and resources for the event.
- New merchandise will be available for purchase at the event
- World Class venue (SOPAC) capable of high quality events
- WPNSW to offer subsidy plus accommodation and meal packages for Regional based teams
- Increase Sport Development opportunities for athlete, referee, coach and parent workshops
The NSWCF format will see the NSW Championships become an event to inspire athletes and promote the Sport similar to that of the Sydney Youth Festival (SYF) in 2017. It also continues the recent trend with Water Polo Australia and Water Polo Queensland making similar format changes for their respective National and State Championships.
Speaking with the Sports Development Manager Chris Dyson, the decision of the format change wasn’t one taken lightly. “We’ve been looking at the social, environmental and financial impacts of this new model for well over a year now. I’m proud with the internal processes we’ve gone through in the last 2 years. The goal was to provide higher quality service to our members, while leveraging similar dollars with better business processes.”
The format change will also coincide with a targeted push from WPNSW to significantly improve the quality of the State Championships this season. There are quite a few elements in the works to look forward to according to Events Coordinator, Ethan Rogers.
“Having completed my first events season during the 17-18 State Championships, I’m looking forward to properly getting to work on the 18-19 season,” he said.
“For the last period I’ve had a large focus on reporting from last season and conducting analysis into the NSWCF/18-19 events season. This announcement comes as the direct result of these last few months work and represents a massive push from our office to improve the quality of our events and the experiences of our stakeholders.“
The NSWCF though wouldn’t have been possible without a strategic partnership with Sydney Olympic Park Authority (SOPA) and Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre (SOPAC). David Whittaker, WPNSW CEO, commented that “it’s pleasing to be able to work collaboratively with such world class sporting organisations and presents significant opportunities for the future.”
CLICK HERE for further details about the NSWCF
CLICK HERE to see the initial draft of the 2018/19 Events Calendar & Critical Timelines
Written by Vangeli Kollias (Communications Coordinator)