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Prince William hopes to raise water polo's profile

Wednesday, 22 June 2005

Prince William hopes to raise profile of water polo to teenagers

Prince William has chosen to attend a water polo event in west Auckland during his up-coming visit to New Zealand to promote the sport to other young people.

He will attend the New Zealand Junior Men's Water Polo Championship at West Wave Aquatic Centre in Henderson, Waitakere City on Saturday, 9 July. Prince William will be seated with members of the New Zealand Senior Men's team.

The second in line to the throne, is a keen water polo player. He represented Scotland in the Celtic Nations' tournament against Wales and Ireland and his university as captain.

Scott Newman, Chief Executive, New Zealand Water Polo Association said it will be a great honour to host Prince William at the up-coming tournament. He added:

"Prince William is a fantastic role model and ambassador for the sport and we are just extremely privileged that he is giving us his time to raise the profile of water polo to New Zealand teenagers."

Water polo is the fastest growing aquatic sport in New Zealand with 15,000 members.

The blond 23-year-old water polo player, regularly dubbed one of the world's most eligible bachelors, will feature prominently at the fixture being given the task of dropping the ball in the pool to officially signal the start of the game.

The event will be attended by 650 people, mostly players and supporters of water polo, Mayor of Waitakere City Bob Harvey, Patron of New Zealand Water Polo Association - Stephen Tindall and Chairman of New Zealand Water Polo Association - Rob Borgers.

A Flippa Ball game will start proceedings followed by a demonstration between two New Zealand invitational teams before the main game.


Who: Prince William and New Zealand Water Polo Association
What: Photo opportunity of the heir to the throne at New Zealand Junior Men's Water Polo Championship
When: 9.30am - 10.15 am on Saturday, 9 July 2005
Where: West Wave Aquatic Centre, 20 Alderman Drive, Henderson, Waitakere City
Why: Prince William is a keen water polo player and accepted an offer to attend a water polo match during his visit to New Zealand.

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