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Junior Development coaches


 

Peter Gerrie


What’s your best tip for players?

Train hard in all aspects of the game and practice drills correctly is the simplest advice I can give to improve in water polo. It is a very physically demanding sport so fitness plays a huge part. It is also an extremely skilful sport so fitness alone will not make you a good player, you must also devote a lot of time to practice ball skills and positional play in order to get the most out of your game.

Why do you love coaching?

I am coaching the Junior Development. I enjoy watching the kids learn what is a challenging sport and by the end of each term seeing the improvement in them and how much they enjoy playing the game once they have learned the basics. It is very rewarding to see those that have progressed into one of the U/14 teams and then continue playing with Ryde.

What have been your water polo career highlights?

Winning Grand Finals when your team wasn’t supposed to is always rewarding when you can put all the practice into action and it comes off on the night. Playing for Australia against Russia was such an experience as Russia were the world champions at the time. We only won one game in a 5 game series however it was the first time an Australian team had beaten them so that was rewarding.

Tell us about your water polo background.

I started playing in the first team that Ryde entered in the metro comp over 40 years ago. My Dad George entered our school team in M5. I played for Ryde for a few years and then headed off to the Universities Club to play first grade. Over the next 10 years I played in 10 consecutive first grade grand finals with 3 different clubs.

 

Stewart Randall


What’s your best tip for players?

Perfect the egg-beater kick; work hard on giving a good pass in all circumstances; when in doubt, attack up the right.

Why do you love coaching?

It’s hugely rewarding when the players demonstrate growing skill and become more successful.

Tell us about your water polo background.

I began playing at the age of 12 just after I began high school at North Sydney Boys High. I have been playing ever since.

What have been your water polo career highlights?

The occasional grand final win over the years both as a coach and a player. A Silver in the Australian Masters with Ryde Water Polo old dudes. Playing in a club where the members are really great people.

 

Chloe Aro


What’s your best tip for players?

My best tip for players would be to never give up, keep trying whether it be never give up going for the ball or never give up swimming.

Why do you love coaching?

I love coaching as it is such a rewarding experience seeing the excitement of the kids when they learn something new or win a game. It is good to be able to give a little back to the Water polo community.

What have been your water polo career highlights?

My water polo career highlight would have been going to Under18’s nationals when I was 16 and winning the competition.

Tell us about your water polo background.

I have played water polo for 9 years, I started out playing for Ryde and then I moved to Breakers and I am now currently playing back at Ryde. I have also coached at Kambala School for Girls for 3 years.