Hobart Training Camp 2014
I recently just got back from an underwater rugby training camp in which I was invited to attend in Hobart, Australia. This training camp was a starting and developing point for the beginning of the selection of the Australian National teams to compete in the World Cup in 2015 in Columbia; to have been given the opportunity to attend was amazing and extremely educational for me.
With the donations I received, my travel costs were cut down to around $450 + food, although an expensive trip, it was definitely worth it. The people I met, the skills I learnt and the whole atmosphere I got to become involved in was just beyond amazing, I truly enjoyed every second of it.
I learnt so much in the two days of training that I had over there, it made me realize that in New Zealand we are far away from even being close to playing decently, and that is what inspired me even more; to be able to come back and share everything I learnt to help grow and develop this great sport in New Zealand.
The Australians, although they are still starting out, just like we are here in NZ, have a good and strong base of UWR there, with some extremely talented players in which they are actively seeking advice from and continuing to benefit from their knowledge.
Here in NZ we also have the potential to start to grow our sport and we too have access to some great players.
After the first day of training camp in Australia, I was exhausted, but I made sure to write down a heap of info that I had learnt to make sure I didn’t forget it. The following day was all about putting some of our theory sessions into practice, and separating into female and 2 male teams, then to play against each other using all the skills and tricks that we had learnt over the training camp.
Getting to play and train with females only was great. Having it only been my second time playing and first time training with only females was really good, it gave me just that extra bit of confidence and I felt like I was really able to make a difference in the games we played. Over the weekend, I bonded with a lot of the other girls there and it was great to talk to people just as passionate about UWR as I am.
I have to say, at the end of the training camp when the female team played the 2 male teams, that is when I learnt the most. It really showed me how much, as females we had to be more tactical. Naturally, we are much less muscular, less strong than a lot of the men we faced, so we had to really think about and carefully plan how we played. Having played in these games, I learnt a lot about how I personally played and noticed a whole lot of things that I really need to improve on.
All that I have learnt from that one weekend, I believe is going to help NZ grow the development of females in UWR hugely. I can’t wait to start sharing in more detail what I have taken note of and experienced.
This Sunday 7th, is going to be a have a go day in Auckland fro females only. Giving the opportunity for females to try out uwr without the intimidation of the men playing also. In this session of 1hr, I plan to quickly go over brief rules and how a basic game is played, followed by passing techniques and small fun games.
NZUWR - Wellington is organising a scuba dive course.
This will be an entry level scuba course for beginners with no prior scuba experience.
The intention behind this is to train our UWRugby players in the use of basic scuba equipment and be able to referee UWRugby games.
The course is open to anyone at this stage, even if you have no intentions to referee.
UWRugby is governed by the rules of CMAS, the 'World Underwater Federation' and we were lucky to have found an instructor who is able to train and certify us for the CMAS 'One Star Diver Training'.
This certificate is acknowledged by other dive-training agencies such as BSAC, PADI, SDI etc. as an entry level dive certificate and enables you to go scuba diving on around New Zealand and overseas. If you want to continue scuba diving with a different training agency for example PADI, the 'CMAS - One Star Diver' is equivalent to the 'Open Water Diver', although the CMAS training is known to be more thorough. The course costs will be up to $450, depending if we can use our own pool booking for the training.
We would like to encourage all players to participate in this course.
Please contact us to express your interest.
For more information about the training visit the CMAS website
NZ Underwater - newsletter
New Zealand Underwater Rugby (NZUWR) is member of the national association for Underwater Sports - the 'NZ Underwater Association' (NZU). The NZU is the national representative for CMAS, which is the governing body for Underwater Rugby on international level.
NZU is sending out newsletters every month to the whole of the NZ Underwater community. This is a great way to stay informed and also the opportunity to bring your own underwater activities to everyone's attention. As a member of NZUWR you should receive these newsletters - if not, please get in contact with us.
here is part of the latest NZU-newsletter regarding UWRugby:
NZ Underwater Rugby is Growing
After the Trans-Tasman tournament in Sydney in September, NZUWR are preparing two teams to go to Brisbane for the next big tournament in the region. The teams will again be from Auckland and Wellington which will play in the Australian Club Tournament. A national team will be made up of top players from the two teams, and will play against Australia, and Singapore, who will be attending the tournament for the first time.
A rules, tactics, and practice seminar is being planned pre-tournament, and will hopefully be held in Hamilton. If you’re nearby and would be keen to learn more, use our contact form or send us an email for the details. We will update the details here once finalised as well.
There is also a strong focus on developing a womens team and developing the sport in terms of female players. 16 year old Mikayla Graham played at the Sydney tournament and was invited to attend UWR training camps in preparation for the World Championships being held in Columbia in 2015. She has started a fundraising page to help gather funds for both the trip, and to help with developing the womens team upon her return.
To donate and help Mikayla achieve her goal, go to her fundraising page here.
This is a great initiative and we look forward to hearing how it’s all going. It’s great to see small underwater sports growing and gathering momentum in New Zealand.