In September, Rain City Water Polo was recognized as S&R Sport’s Club of the Month. Each month, S&R Sport honors one outstanding water polo club from across the US with a $250 gift to be used on gear and equipment. Congratulations to our players, parents and coaches on this well-deserved honor!
To learn more about Rain City’s selection, click here to read USA Water Polo’s press release.
See below for the winning nomination sent in by one of our parents:
“Where is Rain City Water Polo from?”… is the most common question asked when we are sitting in the bleachers at California tournaments. This is understandable since Seattle, Washington is not really on the radar of water polo enthusiasts, but the club has steadily been doing its best to change that image. Since its inception in 2010, Rain City Water Polo has sought to provide a year round club where players of all ages can develop their water polo skills. RCWP utilizes many different pools in the greater Seattle area with particular emphasis on the only 3 double deep end pools in Washington state! Athletes of all ages and abilities can choose to participate year round or seasonally, and we regularly compete in tournaments in Washington, Oregon, California and British Columbia.
It’s been quite an upward trajectory from the inception of the club to competing regularly at California tournaments. During that time RCWP has consistently been placing athletes on ODP teams, college teams and even national teams. Our travel teams fly to California up to 8 times a year to compete against the best teams in the country, and they always learn a lot and improve from the exposure to that higher level of play. Those experiences have definitely “upped” their game and RCWP is now a formidable opponent when competing at any tournament. The improvement of RCWP has been recognized by top level water polo clubs as we have received back to back invitations to the prestigious US Club Championships as the only non-California based team in the field. In 2016 RCWP is competing in it’s 6th Junior Olympics, each year steadily improving both their seed placement and final results.
It’s not easy being a water polo team in the Pacific Northwest. There is a limited number of athletes and an even more limiting number of available pools but the dedication and hard work of our players, parent group, board members and especially our coaches has put Rain City Water Polo “on the map” as a great club and a fun club to develop skills and experience a fantastic sport in the Puget Sound area.
As a parent of 5 year participant in Rain City Water Polo we’ve gone from not knowing the sport existed to watching our son develop quite a love and dedication for the sport and his team. This is why I’m nominating Rain City Water Polo as the S&R Club of the Month.”