Worcester Crocodiles player Dan Day has been selected for the Great Britain under 19 men’s water polo team. It has been a long hard road to success as this represents the pinnacle achievement for youth players and is the culmination of many years of National Academy training camps and more recently u19 training weekends in Manchester. The team has played two warm-up competitions in early April (one in Hannover, Germany and the other in Bratislava, Slovakia) in the lead-up to the men’s u19 European Water Polo Championship Qualifiers in Valletta, Malta to be held between 14th-16th April 2022. The team will face tough opposition as they are drawn in Group D against the hosts Malta, the Netherlands and Finland. The top 2 teams will qualify for the finals which are to be held in Montenegro in September.
“I am delighted to have been selected to represent my country. It is the ultimate goal for a water polo player. It has not been an easy road to selection. We have had to overcome lockdown obstacles and challenges with pool availability but despite all this we are all keen to showcase our abilities and determination to qualify. I hope that the more junior players in the Club will see what can be achieved with hard work and determination and follow in our footsteps,” said Dan.
Head Coach for Worcester Crocodiles Water Polo Club, David Cash commented “I am really proud of Dan. It is a massive challenge to play for your country, but even more so having to try and retain fitness and match readiness through lockdown. Dan has been resilient, inventive and focussed and thoroughly deserves this opportunity.”
On his experience with Worcester Crocodiles Dan said “I learned to play water polo in King’s School pool with the fantastic Worcester Club. Without the support and guidance of the senior players and coaching staff I would not have been able to achieve GB u19 selection. Worcester Crocodiles has always been both a friendly and welcoming club and I look forward to seeing other junior players repeat the recent GB selection successes”.