TWO Clarendon High School girls were among five U16 waterpolo players chosen from the Eastern Cape to represent South Africa at the CANA Zone IV Waterpolo Championships in Durban next month.
Together with fellow East Londoner and Stirling High School waterpolo player, Tanya Mrewa, Clarendon’s Mika van Veen and Samantha Kriegisch were chosen for the U16 team.
The national team’s coach is Clarendon High School’s head of waterpolo, Delaine Christian.
“CANA is a great opportunity and platform for these young players to start their national water polo careers. Its also an amazing opportunity for these girls to showcase their skills, hard work and talent,” Christian said.
“I cannot wait to see these girls grow, especially Mika and Sam, they have been working so hard since the beginning of January and they deserve this opportunity. For water polo in this country this is a great stepping stone in getting our players actively involved in the national system.”
Mika and Samantha, both 15, were introduced to waterpolo at a young age, joining Clarendon Primary waterpolo teams in Grade 6.
“I was introduced to waterpolo by my older brother and I’ve loved it ever since. I love the challenges that this sport brings,” Samantha said.
“I love the adrenaline of playing, the feeling of scoring an excellent goal and being recognized for all my hard work,” Mika said.
The players had to compete in the SA Schools waterpolo tournament and national training camps in order to be selected.
Following the selection process, a squad of 56 players was announced. Christian’s U16 national team and another U16 team is made up of players from this squad.
Stirling High School’s Meralda Terblanche is one of the players to make the other U16 team participating at CANA.