Cockburn Water Polo Club dreams of producing Olympians

Club President Natalie Turner and Russell McKinnon. Picture: Jon Hewson
Club President Natalie Turner and Russell McKinnon. Picture: Jon Hewson

A NEW water polo club establishing itself in the lead up to the opening of Cockburn ARC believes it could one day produce Olympians.

Cockburn Water Polo Club vice president Russell McKinnon, a former New Zealand international player and coach, said the club was aiming to become a community organisation offering a fun environment for players.

However, he said the club would be looking to identify future stars too.

“Starting fresh will help,” he said.

“Hopefully one day we’d like to be producing Olympians. It would be fantastic if we could find some talented kids.”

With an experienced committee helping to get the Cockburn Water Polo Club off the ground, it is hard to argue they will not achieve their goal.

Natalie Turner, who forged a professional career in Europe, has been installed as president.

Ms Turner said she first heard about the $109m Cockburn ARC three years ago, and knew she wanted to play water polo there when it opens in 2017.

“I’ve been playing for 30 years and I’d like my children to have the possibility of playing water polo within the local community,” she said.

“The new complex gives us a chance to utilise a world class facility and expand the sport into a growing and progressive city.”

Also on the committee is secretary Anna Mills, a former State representative, while treasurer Christine Truscott is a former Australian Country player.

Committee member Tomaz Lasic has competed for three countries, including 68 times for Australia.

His CV also contains two European Champions League titles.

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