American water polo star is coming to Marlborough

Five-time Olympian and silver medallist Tony Azevedo. Photo: Supplied.

One of the world’s leading water polo exponents, five-time Olympian and silver medallist Tony Azevedo, is coming to Blenheim.

His visit has been arranged by Marlborough Water Polo in conjunction with Seawolf Water Polo Auckland.

The 37-year-old Brazilian-born American, who was nicknamed “The Saviour” at one point in his career, is considered one of the best American water polo players in recent times. He is a former captain of the US national team and won silver at the Beijing Olympics.

He will be running training camps in both Marlborough and Auckland. The Marlborough camp is scheduled for January 20-22, 2020 and is aimed at up-and-coming New Zealand water polo players.

Registrations to this camp opened on Wednesday, with 19 people already registered to attend the Marlborough Camp, from Otago through to the Manawatu. The camp is limited to 55 participants.

It is likely Azevedo and his family will be in Marlborough for a few days before the camp, sightseeing and enjoying the province’s renowned hospitality.

For more information go to the Marlborough Water Polo Facebook page or the Marlborough water polo website.

If you are interested in playing water polo please contact Jack at Stadium 2000, or come to the pool, on Wednesday evening between 5.30 and 8pm to talk to one of the committee.

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