Fun morning with water sportsman

Students had fun taking part in a morning session with a British water polo player who took part in the Olympics.

Craig Figes, who was team captain of the men’s team in 2012 for the London Olympic Games, visited Pool last term. He met up with a group of students from Year 7 and Year 8 at Carn Brea Leisure centre to introduce them to water polo.

Tom Ford, PE teacher at Pool Academy, said many of the children had not played the sport much before.

He said: “It was a really fun morning and it gave the students an opportunity to learn the basic skills of water polo and even have a real game.”

The group were shown a swimming technique warm-up, dribbling drill and a shooting and passing activity game. They were then allowed to play a game to finish.”

Mr Ford added: “Craig talked with the students and told them all about his career and accomplishments.  He was a really nice guy and was great with the students. 

“He enjoyed working with the students.

“He didn't get in the pool with them but did demonstrate many skills including his famous power shots.” 

Craig worked with Pool Academy as part of the school’s partnership with YouthSports.

Over the years he has taken part in the European Nations Cup, the Commonwealth Games, the Australian National League and has been the Great Britain National Champion in 1995-1998, 2001,2007 and 2011.

Christiana Richardson