Water Polo Hawaiian Invitational Tournament

Pictured left to right: Kara Voss, Jarrod Matthews and Tessa de Jong-Gordan

Written by Year 12 student, Kayla Allison-Carnie and Year 13 student, Jarrod Matthews

Kara Voss (Year 10), Tessa de Jong-Gordon (Year 12) and Jarrod Matthews (Year 13) recently represented North Harbour Water Polo in Honolulu, Hawaii at the 51stHawaiian Invitational Water Polo Tournament.  Kayla Allison-Carnie (Year 12) and Jamison Morgan (Year 11) joined them, representing the Hibiscus Coast.

The students got into their training ahead of the tournament. With various beach and pool trainings outdoors, they all had to become accustomed to the sun’s glare. The tournament was hosted at two prestigious pools in Honolulu; Punahou (the high school that Barack Obama attended) and Iolani.

Jarrod Matthews, who played for the U18 men’s team placed second in the U18 division. He also played for the Senior Men’s team alongside his older brother, Brandon Matthews (a former Long Bay student), which placed first in the Open Men’s division.

Kayla was a member of the Under 16 and Under 18 Girls teams and finished second and sixth place respectively.

Jamison was a member of the Under 16 Boys team that finished in eighth place.

Tessa played in the Under 18 Girls and Open Women’s teams that finished fifth and in the Senior Women’s team who placed fourth in the Open Women’s division.

Kara represented both the Under 14 Girls and Under 16 Girls team who finished first place and fifth place respectively.

Congratulations to all our students for their great achievements at the global tournament. They all enjoyed the amazing trip to compete in Hawaii.

The Hawaiian Invitational Water Polo Tournament has grown to become one of the largest and most prestigious Water Polo tournaments in the world and is also the oldest, annual international Water Polo event. Annually, it attracts as many as 115 teams from around the world. In the past few years, teams from the Netherlands, New Zealand, Italy, England, Australia, Brazil and Canada have participated.

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