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Young canoeists make a splash in polo training

Young canoeists make a splash in polo training

Pictured at Deveron Canoe Club’s recent junior canoe polo training event at Banff Swimming Pool are (from left): Alphonse Fettes, Heather Meikle, Geordie Duncan, Hannah Wilson, Jack Barclay, Heather Clark, Duncan Berstan, Kirsty Meikle, Megan White and Evan Arrowsmith.

BANFF Swimming Pool was the venue for a recent junior canoe polo training day run by Deveron Canoe Club.

The event, the first of its kind in the North-east, attracted 15 local junior paddlers aged from eight upwards, and it culminated in a number of friendly games to test their newly-acquired skills. The training day was overseen by ex-Scottish and British team senior players, who had travelled north to share their experience.

The juniors were put through their paces, learning new skills and techniques in the process, and as their skills developed, they were split into teams of equal ability to play in a friendly competition.

“Only it wasn’t so friendly, as the natural competitiveness of the juniors showed through,” said Deveron Canoe Club’s Alan Meikle. “In the end, a draw was declared, and everyone went home happy with their chocolate prizes.

“It was a great day, enjoyed by all, and special thanks go to the coaches, some of whom travelled from Fife to help out.”

Deveron Canoe Club stages its open canoe polo competition on Saturday, November 23, at Banff Swimming Pool (1-6pm).

Senior teams from every North-east club will be taking part, with keen competition guaranteed to see who takes home the silver- ware at stake.

The local Deveron team will be bidding to chalk up its first success in its own competition, and spectators are welcome.

 THE BANFFSHIRE JOURNAL  Tuesday, November 12, 2013