‘Come and Try’ series makes a splash for Underwater Hockey

The Wonthaggi Underwater Hockey Club recently wrapped up a successful ‘Come and Try’ series, which made waves for Bass Coast and South Gippsland residents new to the sport.

The series, enabled by a community grant from the Bass Coast Shire, was designed to be as inclusive as possible. Held at the Wonthaggi YMCA pool, it attracted a diverse crowd, ranging from seasoned water goers to beginners, and from youngsters to adults.
Participants were seen laughing as they navigated the unique challenges of the sport of Underwater Hockey – using a mask, snorkel and fins then manoeuvring the lead puck across the pool bottom.
Spanning three events held February 2nd, 17th, and culminating in a spirited mini-tournament on the 22nd, the series offered a unique blend of sport, fun, and social connectedness. With more than 30 players attending the final session, the club’s initiative proved to be a success.
“The vision of our club has always been to bring people together, irrespective of their age, background, or swimming prowess, to enjoy the thrill of underwater hockey,” shared Karl Scothern, President of the Wonthaggi Underwater Hockey Club.
“Seeing such a diverse group bonding over Underwater Hockey was heartening. One of the unique aspects of our game is that women and men compete on equal terms. It reinforces our belief in the potential of local sport to bring the community together.”
The mini-tournament for older juniors was a highlight, where enjoyment and competitive spirit were in full display. That excitement was then trumped by the free pizza which all players enjoyed after the session.
“These events promote physical fitness via a non-traditional sporting outlet but they also foster a sense of community,” added Scothern. “The success of this series has set the stage for more initiatives of this type, and we’re always excited to welcome new members to our club.”

The Wonthaggi Underwater Hockey Club plays each Thursday night from 7pm (during the school term) at the Bass Coast Aquatic Centre. For more information interested individuals can visit the Wonthaggi Underwater Hockey Club’s social media channels.