LONDON, May 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --
It was a North West whitewash in the CCR Mitsubishi 2016 British Water Polo Championships at the weekend, with teams from Manchester and Liverpool romping to victory in the men's and women's competitions.
Playing against teams from across the UK in British Water Polo's flagship team event, Manchester managed to overcome the holders Cheltenham in a hard-fought men's final at Gloucester's GL1 arena, emerging as 17-11 victors. Earlier in the day, the City of Liverpool women's team retained their title 8-5 against their London rivals.
"It's been an amazing weekend, culminating in our victory against Cheltenham," said Olympian Joe Regan, top goal scorer in the victorious Manchester side. "It was a hard-fought game and the score was close at half-time, but we won quite convincingly in the end."
A capacity crowd watched the two final matches at the event, which was sponsored by CCR Mitsubishi, while thousands more followed the competition via a live online stream, making this the most viewed event in the history of British water polo. Cheltenham were clearly the home favourites among the crowd, but there was also strong support for the two winning teams.
"This was our third British Championship win and the latest in a winning streak that goes back to December 2013," said Fiona McCann, also an Olympian and captain of the Liverpool team. "It was a great event, hosted by Cheltenham Water Polo, and we're grateful to everyone who helped make it such a success."
Often described as the world's most gruelling team sport, water polo is a rapid, action-packed game that includes elements of swimming, rugby and wrestling. Players are incredibly fit and the teams in Gloucester represented the very best of British water polo.
About CCR Mitsubishi
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About Water Polo & the CCR Mitsubishi 2016 British Championships
An Olympic sport, water polo is a game featuring 7-players-a-side (and a further 6 substitutes) trying to score goals at either end of the pool against a 30-second shot clock and unimaginable physicality. The sport demands extreme speed, strength, agility and stamina. The British Championships is water polo's equivalent to the FA Cup and is the highest level of water polo competition in the UK, providing the winning teams with the opportunity to qualify to compete in Europe next season. The finals weekend of the CCR Mitsubishi 2016 British Water Polo Championships took place on Saturday 14 May and Sunday 15 May at GL1 Leisure Centre, Gloucester.
The following athletes are available for media interview, which can be arranged by contacting Rum Doodle PR:
- Craig Figes - Captain of Team GB men's water polo at the London 2012 Olympics and of the Bristol team, sports mentor and teacher from Bristol.
- Jake Vincent - London 2012 Olympian, Cheltenham player and Solihull-based businessman.
- Rosie Morris - Team GB Olympian and Liverpool women's Goalkeeper
- Gael Logan - Scotland women's water polo captain and Caledonia centre forward.
Images can be downloaded here:
- Men's Final 1: http://jmp.sh/7s2RGW4
- Women's Final 1: http://jmp.sh/mPvs1DB
- Women's Final 2: http://jmp.sh/AeBFVq0
Issued by Rum Doodle PR on behalf of the 2016 British Water Polo Championships.
For further information, please contact Rob Lawson at Rum Doodle PR on 020 3640 5918 (Mobile: 07940 501 993) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
SOURCE 2016 British Water Polo Championships