Water Polo Australia is partnering with News Corp Australia on a new nationwide streaming deal that is expected to broadcast more than 200 water polo matches live between January and May 2022.
Kicking off with the state-to-state “Summer Slam” tournament in Brisbane in January 2022, the new partnership will also broadcast matches from the Australian Waterpolo League (AWL) and the Australian Youth Water Polo Championships (AYWPC).
With domestic competitions largely canceled in 2021 due to COVID, the national water polo calendar is expected to return with more matches than ever.
Brisbane will host the new Summer Slam, which will see state teams compete against each other across all three age groups, which starts on January 10.
It then moves on to the Australian Waterpolo League from Australia Day, with the new format designed to provide clubs, athletes, sponsors and broadcasters with better quality water polo.
The first half of the national season will conclude with the Australian Youth Water Polo Championships again to be held in Brisbane, which are expected to bring together more than 170 teams throughout the Easter long weekend.
Water Polo Australia (WPA) chief executive Richard McInnes said the partnership with News Corp Australia will seek to extend the work started at the KAP7 Cup earlier this year.
McInnes said “We are delighted to expand our partnership with News Corp Australia which will see over 200 matches live streamed, the most water polo matches Australians have ever had.
“Partnering with News Corp Australia will not only ensure that our water polo fans will be able to watch more water polo through live matches and reruns, but it will also allow our sport to connect with new audiences through their wide reach.
“From our grassroots club competitions to our premier Australian waterpolo league, we will be able to showcase the best of our sport and enable more people to learn about water polo but also our players. “
News Corp Australia Managing Director, News Sport Network, Michael Wilkins, said he was delighted to build on the company’s existing relationship with water polo and added, “We look forward to showcasing the best of the game. Australian water polo, from young players to national league heroes. .
“After the Tokyo Olympics, water polo is a growing sport. We are excited to provide a platform for this continued growth among our vast community of audiences through our live broadcasts and editorial content. ”
The games will be broadcast on News Corp Australia’s media platforms.
Image courtesy Water polo Australia
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