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Canoe polo (called kayak polo in some countries) is a competitive ball sport played on water, in a defined “field”, between two teams of 5 players, each in a kayak. The object of the game is to get the ball into the opponent’s goal, the team scoring the most goals in a set time being the winner.

The game is played in many countries on all continents, for recreation and serious sport. The sport has World Championships every 2 years. Internationally the sport is organized by the Canoe Polo committee of the International Canoe Federation, as one of the disciplines of the sport of canoeing.

A call for 2018 nominations will be made in August.

Canoe Polo Schools Program

Canoe SA conducts short introductory programs for secondary school students.

Canoe SA will introduce students to:

Physical Skills

  • balance and body co-ordination
  • hand-eye co-ordination
  • boat control – harder than you might think, these small craft (refered to as BAT – baths advanced trainers) are hard to keep in a straight line as they have no keel line and are built to turn quickly
  • paddle control – upper body flexibility as well as engaging core muscle groups
  • ball skills – throwing and catching when sitting in a kayak floating on the water is powerful way to engage your muscles and brain in co-ordinated action.

Rules – International Canoe Federation rules and local variations for novices.

Game Strategy – like all ball games played in a team canoe polo is about controlling the ball and ensuring that your team has a higher score at the end of the game

What does it involve?

A school with students and teacher who are keen to learn about this fast and exciting sport.

A suitable venue close to your school (pool or lake such as Mawson Lake or Patawalonga).

Canoe SA Provides

  • coaches and equipment for up to 15 students
  • 3 on-water and 1 off-water sessions (approx 1 – 2 hours duration).

Cost: Each student must join Canoe SA as a student member (valid for 3 months).

Enquiries can be directed to the Canoe SA office by email to sa@canoe.org.au
or phone 08 8240 3294

Would you like to try Canoe Polo and train regularly?

Then the Canoe Polo Development Squad is the thing for you.
  • Each Sunday morning 9 – 11 am
  • 2 hours coaching and games

How much will it cost?

3-month introductory membership to Canoe SA of $35.00 (for people under 18) and $50.00 for Adults

This covers:

  • insurance as part of Australian Canoeing
  • Membership with Canoe SA and Australian Canoeing.

After the 3-month introductory membership, participants can join a club for an additional fee of approx $35 (children) for the year.

What you will not pay for

The coaching sessions conducted by qualified coaches including current & past Australian team members.

Use of canoe polo equipment including polo bat, paddle, helmet, pfd and spraydeck will be at no cost.

What does a student or school do to join in?

  • Schools who have students who are interested to participate can arrange an information session by contacting Canoe SA on 8240 3294.
  • Individual students can become part of the talent identification & coaching by contacting Canoe SA – 8240 3294.
  • Where possible each school will need a teacher or parent who will act as a contact or co-ordinator to ensure interested students get information.

Club and State Canoe Polo Contacts

Canoe SA Polo Technical Committee
Anthea Courtney – Secretary
Phone: 8395 5603
Email: rayandanthea@gmail.com

Adelaide Canoe Club
Frances Goble
Phone: 8449 6602
Email: oxfordantiques@internode.on.net

Northern Districts Canoe Club
Wayne Ferguson
Phone: 0414 389 895
Email: fergun@telstra.com

Canoe Polo Technical Committee – Meetings

Canoe SA Polo Technical Committee is a sub-committee of Canoe SA.

The working sub-committees of the Polo Technical Committee will meet, as necessary, and usually on the alternate month. Canoe Polo players are invited to attend.

Who is on the Canoe SA Polo Technical Committee?

The Canoe SA Board has recently ratified the new Committee and the appointed members are as follows:

  • Chairperson – (Interim) Noel Holmes
  • Secretary – Anthea Courtney
  • Treasurer – vacant
  • Local Competition Manager – vacant
  • State Teams Manager – vacant
  • Chief Referee – Ricky Belisle
  • Head Coach – vacant
  • Communications Officer – Janet Burdon
  • Equipment & Technical Officer – Steve Wild
  • Development Officer – vacant
  • Member Protection Officer – vacant
  • National and Interstate Liaison Officer – Rob Watson
  • 2018 Nationals Event Treasurer – Rob Watson
  • 2018 Nationals Project Manager – Simon Langsford


The Communications Officer will be assisted by Louise McIntosh and Donna Wild with Facebook and social media forums who have graciously volunteered their time.

We are also making a call for General Committee Members. If you cannot commit to a particular role/position, you may be able to serve as a General Committee Member.

There are also several sub-committees that need people, so you can focus your time in a specific area of need.

We need more people to volunteer, so if you have any interest, send an email to canoe.polo.sa@gmail.com.


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