Wilson's Pupil on Irish U14 Waterpolo Team.
Pupils from Wilson's Hospital School are involved with a huge range of sports both in school and at home. A number of pupils (past and present) have represented their country in their chosen sport. The latest is Isabelle who has been competing for Ireland recently with the Irish U14 Junior Girls Waterpolo team
Isabelle (Form 3) was delighted to retain her place on the Irish U14 Junior Girls Waterpolo team which, like the Irish rugby team is an all-island team. Isabelle started swimming at four years of age, swam competitively at eight and started waterpolo three years ago. She trains with the Kells Waterpolo teams. She plays for the U14 and U15 teams and was the U12 captain. They train in Kells twice a week and compete in league matches in the Leinster League and the Irish Waterpolo League from September to April. They also play friendly games with waterpolo teams throughout the 32 counties.
There are thirteen players on the squad with seven in the water at any one time. The competition for your place on the team is fierce. Competitors must wear a special hat with ear protection, cannot wear goggles and have to keep their feet off the floor of the pool. Isabelle plays either a mid- or as a forward.
Isabelle took part in the Inter-Regional Academy Girls’ Championships 2012 held in Wallsal, Birmingham with the Irish U14 girl’s team during the February mid-term break. There were eight teams competing. Ireland played a total of five matches winning three. Isabelle scored twice against the East Midlands and once against Wales. It was a very exciting tournament with some closely fought games. The North West B Team was the eventual winning team. Isabelle had really enjoyable experience and looks forward to training hard to keep her place on the Irish Team.
The Irish Waterpolo Association is very active in developing the sport, for example Isabelle attended the Irish Waterpolo Association Waterpolo Academy at the University of Limerick – Irish Waterpolo’s Centre of Excellence where players were trained by both national and international waterpolo coaches over a period of four days.
As with all sports, especially at playing at National level, commitment and dedication is required. Isabelle’s enjoyment of this sport keeps her working hard to achieve her goals.
Wilson’s congratulates her on these achievements and wishes her (and her coaches and teams) great success in the future.