Sam reaches trials for national squad

Year 11 boy Sam Carling has been invited to trials for the GB Water Polo squad. If successful, he will be the first QE boy to progress to a national level since the renaissance of the sport at QE when the Martin Pool opened in 2006.

Sam was talent-spotted at a summer training camp at Millfield School in Somerset, which followed hard on the heels of a tour to Hungary with the Watford Water Polo Club. During the matches and training sessions at Millfield, Sam was identified by one of the national coaches as a player with great potential. The trials are due to take place in Cardiff in January.

“We are incredibly proud of Sam’s achievements and wish him every success in the trials,” said QE’s water polo co-ordinator and PE teacher, Nick Bird.

""“He is training as much as he can, practising twice a week and swimming twice a week. We know his coaches and team mates at the Watford Club are also delighted for him.”

Sam is discussing with Mr Bird how he can help with coaching younger boys at QE’s lunchtime water polo club.