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Waterpolo: International status beckons
TEENAGERS Chloe Wilcox and Glen Robinson have been selected to train with national water polo squads, and are just a short step away from becoming international water polo players.
Chloe, from Appleby, is training with the Great Britain Junior Ladies water polo team, and Glen, from Kendal, has just completed his first period of training with the England Youth water polo squad.
Chloe started playing water polo when she was 10 with the Kendal Swimming Club water polo team, gaining competitive experience in the Northern Counties competitions, which are for 16 years and under are open to mixed teams of both boys and girls.
She also played for Carlisle Water Polo and Sedgefield before deciding to attend the Grantham Water Polo Academy, where she is now spending up to three hours a day training in gym and pool work in addition to studying for her A levels.
Chloe now plays water polo with the Sheffield women's team, who last year won the women's National League.
She still has another year to go at the Grantham Academy, but hopes to attend university in Sheffield and continue to play for Sheffield.
Glen began playing water polo when he was 11, and represented Kendal Swimming Club until the end of 2003.
On moving up into the Academy age group (16 and under), he joined Lancaster Swimming and Water Polo Club, who are the current men's National League Champions, to gain greater experience of the sport and to be able to train and play water polo in a deep pool as international water polo is played in pools with a minimum depth of two metres.
Glen has represented the Northern Counties and will be attending this year's Academy summer school at Millfield, from which the England Academy team will be selected.
Because of the promise that he has shown, Glen, along with other Academy level players, has been invited to train with the England Youth squad.
He still lives and goes to school in Kendal, and still finds time to train with the Kendal team and help the youngsters to improve their water polo skills.