Brisbane Tritons are inviting water polo newcomers to the pool

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Queensland’s LGBTIQ-inclusive water polo club the Brisbane Tritons have a big weekend planned.

On Saturday (February 26) at Valley Pool, the club will play a Pride Round match, as a curtain-raiser to two Australian Water Polo League matches that afternoon.

And on Sunday, the club will kick off a series of beginners workshops for rookies interested in learning water polo and joining the club.

The Tritons started in late 2015 with the help of local team the Brisbane Barracudas, as well as the Tritons’ rainbow rivals Sydney Stingers and Melbourne Surge.

After starting with just over a dozen players, the club now has over 90 members.

The Brisbane Tritons train at Valley Pool, and each year the club enters teams in the Brisbane competitions.

This season, the club also entered a team in the Brisbane Water Polo women’s competition for the first time.

Brisbane Tritons President Ash Monaghan said he was so proud of the club’s growth, after a tough few years.

He said the Tritons is “foremost a community” and not just about physical fitness, but also a supportive, social environment for members.

“The original purpose of the Brisbane Tritons was to create a safe and inclusive space for members for the LGBTIQ+ community to meet others outside of the usual venues,” he said.

Monaghan said before the Tritons, he’d never played water polo before. But joining the club was the best decision he’s ever made.

“While I was hesitant to join the club to begin with, as soon as I joined I found that any preconceived ideas I had about the club and its members were quickly put to rest,” he said.

“Since joining, I’ve met people who’ll be lifelong friends.”

Brisbane Tritons offering Water Polo Rookies program

On Sunday afternoon (February 27), the Tritons are inviting newcomers to join their Try-tons Water Polo Rookies program.

Players aged 18 and up with no prior experience in the sport are welcome to register for the first of a five-week series of workshops.

The club’s accredited coaches at Valley Pool will introduce players to water polo, teaching ball-handling, passing, shooting and match strategies.

Ash Monaghan said the Rookies program is “a great way to meet new friends, get fitter, and also learn a new sport.”

“Whether you’re considering coming along for the community, improving health and fitness, or further develop your skills in the pool, you’re welcome at the Brisbane Tritons,” he said.

More info at the Brisbane Tritons website. Get in touch with the club via email on Follow the Tritons on Facebook here.

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