Three QE boys selected for national water polo squad

Three QE boys have been selected for the GB Water Polo squad following trials in Cardiff.

Samuel Carling, of Year 11, Louis Waloschek, of Year 10, and Year 9’s Thushira Kumarage will now be preparing for a series of European competitions in 2015-18.

Headmaster Neil Enright said: “My congratulations go to these boys on their selection for the national squad – a considerable achievement which reflects both their natural aptitude and a great deal of hard work, as well as the expert support of their coaches and teachers.”

For the next six months, the three boys will train for a weekend each month in Cardiff; they will also attend an international camp over the summer.

PE Teacher Nicholas Bird, said: “The boys faced stiff competition – with, for example, more than 80 players taking part in the U17 trial – so their selection is no mean feat, further demonstrating the recent resurgence of water polo at QE.”

All players had been put forward for the national trials following the approval of their Regional Training Centre.

""Sam, Louis and Thushira (pictured above and right) were among five QE boys who took part in the national trials. The other two – Alex Northcliffe, of Year 11, and Sahil Shah, of Year 9 – now hope to be chosen for the divisional teams for their age groups in the inter-region championships later this year. Alex will be hoping to replicate his success last year representing the East of England, while Sahil hopes to secure a place in the London squad.