(7 votes, average 4.29 out of 5)

CONCLUSION

I have been very fortunate to be a part of this canoe polo movement for the last 25 years, in what I consider was in its formative years, leading up to rule unification. Playing canoe polo in many countries, gave me first hand information of the different ways the game was being played prior to 1992. I have also had the opportunity, during my athletic years, to make long-lasting friendships from around Europe and Australia, with many different players and organisers, with whom I still keep contact.

I would ask all canoe polo players to give a moment of thought to the fact that without the efforts of many people from around the world who worked passionately at creating, promoting and developing this game, today all of us would not have been able to enjoy this fascinating world sporting discipline at all.

I, as many others, look forward to see in the near future, the game of canoe polo integrated as an Olympic discipline.

IMPORTANT MILESTONES IN WORLD CANOE POLO HISTORY

In 1987, the new International Rules were first used at the World Sprint Titles in Duisburg, Germany, where canoe polo was played as a demonstration sport.

In 1994, in Sheffield, England, the first Canoe Polo World Championships were held; the Men’s senior division was won by Australia.

In 1995, the first European Championship was held in Rome, Italy. The senior Men’s division was won by Great Britain.

In 1996, the second World Championships were held in Adelaide, Australia. The senior Men’s division was again won by Australia.

In 1997, in Essen, Germany, the second European Championships were held. The senior Men’s division was won by France.

In 1998, the third World Championships were held in Aviero, Portugal. The senior Men’s division was won a third time by Australia.

In 1999, the third European Championships were held in Belgium. The senior Men’s division was won by France.

In 2000, the fourth World Championships were held in Sao Paolo, Brazil. The senior Men’s division was won by Great Britain.

In 2001, the fourth European Championships were held in Poland. The senior Men’s division was won by Germany.

In 2002, the fifth World Championships were held in Essen, Germany. The senior Men’s division was won by Great Britain.

In 2003, the fifth European Championships were held in Kildare, Ireland. The senior Men’s division was won by Holland.

In 2004, the sixth World Championships were held in Miyoshi, Japan. The senior Men’s division winners were Holland.

In 2005, canoe polo was included for the first time in the World Games and was held in the month of July in Duisburg, Germany. The Dutch National team were the winners in the Men’s competition and the German National team were the winners in the Women’s category.

In 2005, the sixth European Championships will be held in the month of September in Madrid, Spain.

1985 STICKER 

Footnote: I would like to thank all the people who helped me in the research for this article, but keep in mind that there are still many people and countries of the canoe polo world that have not been mentioned in my research, due to little or no information available.

If I have omitted the names of any such people, I offer my apologies. Any new information sent to me by readers like you in keeping this article up-to-date, will be highly appreciated. 

Thank you.

Reza Ali

August 2005.

This book is dedicated to friend and fellow canoeist Franco Baschirotto (1956-1979)

“We shall never forget you”

E-mail: natisonekayakclub@yahoo.com 

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Comments 

 
#3 Guest 2009-11-07 23:20
:) grande articolo!
venite questo weekend per il torneo a praga?
a presto
 
 
#2 the deacon 2009-11-07 23:19
G,
In return for your compliments, I would like to add that it was a pleasure to have my article published on the best canoe polo wesite on the WWW today!
Sincerely, I would not have chosen any other!
:cheers:
 
 
#1 TheMasterG 2009-11-07 23:18
Wow, I just got through reading this properly from start to finish, excellent!
Great job Reza :thumbup:
 

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