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Canoe polo first came to Australia in 1952 after the newly formed Australian Canoe Federation heard about it through correspondence with the I.C.F. The arrival of this new sport coincided with the preparations of the Melbourne Olympics in 1956; consequently Australian canoeists were eager to try this new discipline imported from overseas.

In 1953, the state of New South Wales, hosted the Third Australian Sprint Championships at Penrith on the Nepean River. With the enthusiasm of all the paddlers, a canoe polo competition was also held. In these years however, canoe polo was played in open touring canoes, two persons per boat, with the stern paddler steering the vessel and the bow paddler doing all the ball handling. This version of the game was very different to the one which emerged in Britain in the late months of 1960.

The "open canoe" polo game was played for fun by many clubs in Sydney during the years 1960-1970. However, when Ray Abrahall of Sydney went to compete in the Devise to Westminster Marathon in the UK, he brought back a BAT kayak with him, and suggested to the N.S.W. Canoe Association that they officially play using these kayaks. The version of Australian canoe polo rules that were imported from England used one meter square suspended goals, and the same size pitch as those of the British. Unlimited boat tackling was allowed, but no hand tackles to the body was permitted.. However, although most people still regarded this form of the game as a novelty, it stimulated a great deal of interest and teams began to form in earnest.

In 1976 canoe polo was officially underway using the Approved B.C.U. Canoe Polo Rules of 1972. Within months, a successful knockout competition was held and the first State Canoe Polo competition scheduled. The Australian rules though similar to those that were played in Great Britain, had some variations, one being that players could tackle their opponents with a two handed push to their opponents body, compared to the former, where only one handed body contact was permitted.

In the late 1980’s, Richard Boult, a member of the Australian Canoe Federation, was also part of a committee formed by the I.C.F. to investigate and formulate a new set of common International Rules, based on the various styles of play that were then being practised around the world. His effective lobbying during many of those meetings in promoting the Australian/British/French style of play, left little space for the Dutch/German or Italian variants of the game to be taken into consideration as an alternative way of play. This input effectively helped to pave the way to define the rules in which the game is now played around the world.

Australia also changed over to the new I.C.F. rules in 1992.

PLAYER IN 1989                                STICKER 

In 1985 and 1989, the Australian national canoe polo team visited Europe, where they participated in several International Tournaments gaining excellent results on many occasions. In 1989, in Sydney, Australia, the first World Canoe Polo Tournament was organised for both National and Club teams. There were many teams present not only from Australia and New Zealand, but also teams from Europe and the Far East.

Australia has been constant in ranking among the top countries on the canoe polo scene for several years now, coming 6th in the World Championships held in Japan in 2004.


#3 Guest 2009-11-07 23:20
:) grande articolo!
venite questo weekend per il torneo a praga?
a presto
#2 the deacon 2009-11-07 23:19
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#1 TheMasterG 2009-11-07 23:18
Wow, I just got through reading this properly from start to finish, excellent!
Great job Reza :thumbup:

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