Celebrating Women in Sport Week
46% of our members are female. (2015)
One girl says, “The lads have no advantage in this sport”
Summarising the comments gleaned during the week, having asked many of the girls why they play Underwater Hockey, Phil Lawrence, Xarifa UWH Club Secretary & Coach, said “They play for many reasons.”
Camaraderie is also high on the list, most of the players have many friends through the club. It has been a way to meet new people, everyone likes being with people with similar interests, and they have made lots of good friends.
It’s not surprising they like the physical challenge. They share a love of swimming, but need it to be more competitive and exciting. Many of them refer to the satisfaction they get out of playing a fast-paced game. They enjoy pushing themselves to do better and keeping fit and healthy.
Many referred to the aerobic exercise they get from the quick pace of the game and how they get all kinds of muscles worked from the moving, twisting and turning underwater.
They appreciate that it’s unusual but a great sport, the style of playing is much more focused on teamwork and skills than individual power, as Hope explains, “It lets you show your real strengths”. They like to play smarter and appreciate the winning even more.
Underwater hockey makes learning to swim worthwhile. Phil continued, “We arrange free trials for people all the time. This week we had 5 potential new players…….. 3 of them were girls!” #wsw2015 #uwh