Over the last little while NZUWR has been campaigning Underwater Rugby in New Zealand in several ways.
In Dunedin we were in contact with several people interested to set up an Underwater Rugby team. There is a facebook group (Dunedin Underwater Rugby) that you can join to get in contact and be informed about developments. Currently there is no availability for regular pool bookings at Moana Pool though.
In Auckland, Tony gave a presentation to the Auckland University Dive Club and writes regular posts on several forums like fishing.net.nz or scubadive.net.nz. James printed flyers that were handed out by the team of NZ Underwater at the Hutchwilco Boat Show. And the Auckland team was engaged in the 'Have a go' day at West Wave Pool, Auckland.
In Wellington, Marcus organised 3 additional training sessions to attract some attention. We invited the meet-up group 'Adventure Wellington' for a give-it-a-go session which was very successful and will be repeated soon. Underwater Rugby is also advertised on the big LED-screen in the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre.
Affiliation with NZU Association
We at NZUWR, are very happy to announce that we joined the NZ Underwater Association, as the youngest member in the underwater sports.
Although Underwater Rugby has quite a history in Europe it didn't make it to New Zealand until 2008 when the first group in Auckland started up, followed by a team in Wellington in 2010.
After training for a few years now and a few competitions between Auckland and Wellington as well as 3 competitions against Australia, it is time to become an officially recognised sport here in New Zealand.
Our first and most important step was the affiliation to NZ Underwater Association, the national body for underwater sports and link to CMAS - the international governing body for our sport. Thank you Tristan and the other board members at NZU for making this possible.
Our most important mission is, to present this fantastic sport to the underwater sport community and attract scuba divers, spearos, uwhockey players and everyone else to give it a go, as a fun way to stay fit for the season and for some more exciting competitions to come.
For more information about Underwater Rugby visit
our website www.nzuwr.org.nz or contact us.
For more information about the NZ Underwater Association visit: www.nzu.org.nz