Spectators attending a canoe polo match, especially if it’s their first time witnessing such an event, are often amazed by the speed and skill of the game. The intensity of the matches and the nature of legitimate tackles can be quite alarming to newcomers. Canoe polo is played by teams of five players, although team squads may have up to eight members to allow for substitutes and other considerations. The primary objective is for teams to pass the ball from player to player, by hand, and score in their opponents’ goal while simultaneously defending their own goal.
Caption: Kingston Ladies in action – 2023
In addition to regular matches, the Kingston Kayak Club organises and hosts one of the country’s most popular international canoe polo tournaments, the Joy Davis Hull International. This exciting event takes place annually at Dacre Lakeside Park, Brandsburton. The tournament benefits from this excellent venue, with ample camping for competitor, refreshments and restaurant on site.
For more information about canoe polo and the tournaments organised by the Kingston Kayak Club, please contact Lee Busby or Lesley Medina.