Canoe Polo is a competitive sport played on canoes or kayaks by two teams each of five players each. It is played on a rectangular pitch that can be open water or a swimming pool and requires great strength and teamwork. The ball used in canoe polo is the same that is used in water polo and is controlled by a hand or a paddle.
The canoe ball games have been played since the beginning of the 19th Century in many parts of Great Britain, and its early forms are said to have been played in the United States and Europe as well. The first national championships of the sport was held in England, but the International Canoe Federation (ICF) published its first set of rules of the discipline in 1986 after which the sport was demonstrated at the canoe world championships in Duisburg Germany.
The match is played between two teams of five players each side that must be present on the playing area at any given time of the play. Three substitutions are allowed in the game which can be availed anytime.
The match is played on a rectangular pitch which can either be on the open water or a swimming pool which should measure 35 metres in length and 23 metres in width. The water should be still water which must be at least 90 cm deep. A goal post must be located over the center of each goal line.
He is the iconic figure in the sport of canoe polo, and is currently the coach of the national canoe polo team of Australia.Brett Houghton was the triple world champion in the era of 90's and has also originated the technique known as "Change Up" which has been dreaded for a long time by the goal keepers.
She is the youngest player in the squad of the women's national canoe polo team of New Zealand. Pearse was also the member of the New Zealand under-21 women's team which won bronze at the 2012 world champs in Poland.