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Training times now posted
(Oct 1, 2014) Training times for the 2014/15 Season are now posted. Training is set to commence next Tuesday October 7th (as Monday Oct 6th is a public holiday). For more information about your team including coaches, please visit the Barras Team link above and navigate to your age group. Team lists for girls will be posted shortly with Boys teams being finalised following the first session.
This season all teams are offered and encouraged to attend the Swim for Polo sessions on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at Yeronga from 5:30 - 7:00am in addition to their regular water polo focused training times. These sessions will be run by Rob Bruce, a long time member of the Barracudas family and former Olympic swimmer who competed at the 1988 Olympic Games. Rob will be working with our coaching staff to run specialised water polo swimming for all levels of players across all age groups. This is an exciting change to our past training program and allows players to gain valuable swimming skills on top of the water polo skills based ball sessions. These swim sessions are open to all Barracudas members, Junior and Senior and pool entry is at the reduced rate of $4.
U12s for Term 4 - Registration is stil open
Term 4 dates for U12s have been finalised - for more information about the upcoming Barracudas U12s program - CLICK HERE
Online registration for this season's U12s is now live - visit WPQ Sportingpulse Registration link for U12s only.
Barracudas National League Coaches Appointed for 2015
(Aug 22, 2014) The Barracudas National League and Club Committees are thrilled to announce the appointment of Mel Rippon and Fabio Pavanello as our Women's and Men's national league coaches for the upcoming 2015 season respectively.
Mel Rippon takes over the helm of the Barras women in 2015 after acting as the team's assistant coach for the last two seasons since her retirement from playing following the London 2012 Olympic Games. As one of the sport's greats, Mel brings unprecedented experience and expertise to the role. Mel is Australia's most capped female player in history and has been involved with the Barracudas women's national league program since it's inception in 2004. Her playing record speaks volumes of her credentials: 3-time Olympian, 2-time Olympic bronze medalist, captain of the Olympic team in 2008 and World Cup Champion among countless other achievements and accolades, too many to list. As a player she was pivotal in the Barras' national league successes, captaining the team for 7 seasons including 3 consecutive national titles. As assistant coach over the last two seasons, she helped the team to Gold and Silver and two minor premierships. Rippon had these words about the appointment and the coming season: "I am honoured to be taking on the role as Head Coach of Barras Women after being Fabs' assistant for the past 2 seasons. After coaching juniors at varying levels for both club and state for over 10 years I am excited for the challenge of National League. Over the years the Barras Women have been a force in the National League competition and we have a lot of work to do to remain that way as the competition is improving rapidly.'"
After seven incredibly successful seasons leading the Barracudas Women, Fabio Pavanello will be focusing solely on our men's program in 2015. Fabio has produced the most impressive track record of any women's national league coach in history, leading the Barras team to 4 golds, 2 silvers 1 bronze and 3 minor premierships in his 7 seasons. After coaching both the Barras national league women and men in 2014, Fabio feels that it is the right time to give our women a fresh perspective and exposure to a new approach and style and can think of no one better than Mel. "It's hard to step aside from the women's program after 7 years not only because we have had so much success but equally because it's been such an amazing experience. I know it's time for someone new and I feel confident that there is no one better than Mel to take the reigns. I am really excited about what Mel brings to the women and the potential and talent coming through in our men's program." said Pavanello of the coaching structure this coming year.
The Barracudas National League season will kick off with pre-season training commencing in October and games starting in early Feb 2015.
Pictured above: Fabio Pavanello as coach and Mel Rippon as captain back in 2009 hoisting the Women's National League Trophy after winning the first of the Barras four national league titles.
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