Australian Water Polo

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Water Polo Australia Ltd.
WPAL
Australian Water Polo logo.png
Sport Water polo
Jurisdiction Australia
Founded 1982 (1982)
Affiliation FINA
Regional affiliation Oceania Swimming Association
Headquarters Sydney
President Phillip Garling
Men's coach Elvis Fatovic
Women's coach Greg McFadden
Official website
www.waterpoloaustralia.com.au
Australia

Water Polo Australia Ltd., formerly Australian Water Polo Inc. (AWPI), is the national governing body for water polo in Australia. They are responsible for administration of the national men's, women's, and junior teams, the Australian National Water Polo League, and development of the sport in Australia.

WPAL broke away from the Amateur Swimming Union of Australia (now Swimming Australia) in 1982 to become the Australian Amateur Water Polo Association (AAWPA). Prior to that time, water polo was administered by a sub-committee of the Union.

In January, 1990, the AAWPA changed its name to "Water Polo Australia Incorporated". The sport is now governed by a national conference of representatives from all states and territories, which elect five Directors to the WPAL Board.

WPAL also ensures the senior men's and women's teams tour overseas at least once a year, and in addition holds national men's and women's competitions for 20 & Unders, 18 & Unders, 16 & Unders, and 14 & Unders.

WPAL describe their mission statement as: "AWPI (WPAL) will be recognised and accepted as a successful major sporting organisation both in Australia and internationally through its astute and planned management, the performance of international teams and the presentation of water polo at all levels."[1]

WPAL also oversees all of the state governing bodies for each of the Australian states. These are: ACT Water Polo, New South Wales Water Polo Inc., Northern Territory Water Polo, Water Polo Queensland, Water Polo Tasmania, South Australian Water Polo Inc., Victoria Water Polo Inc., and Western Australian Water Polo Inc..

The first history of the sport in Australia will be launched in February 2009.


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