Churchlands water polo player picked in WA under-17 team

Pippa Pedley.
Pippa Pedley.

CHURCHLANDS water polo player Pippa Pedley is aiming to help the WA under-17s team win next week’s 2017 School Sport Australia Water Polo Championships.

The UWA City Beach Water Polo Club utility was selected in the state team for the first time on the back of strong form in the WA State League and National League.

WA is among four teams that will compete at the competition held in Noosa from May 21 to 26.

Pippa (15), who started water polo when she was 11, said she trained seven times a week ahead of the competition.

“I think WA will be quite good because there are only four states that compete in water polo,” she said.

“Usually, we would come second or third, so aiming for first.”

The Iona Presentation College student said her experience in the national league would help her game.

“For national league, I’m playing against a lot older people like some Olympians,” she said.

“In the under-17s, there are a couple that play in national league as well.”

She said her biggest goal in the sport was to represent Australia at the Olympic Games.

“Water Polo has got national team but I probably won’t go to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics but maybe the next one in 2024,” she said.

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