Viking Canoe Polo’s first team, Viking A, have been out competing in Europe twice already this year, winning both competitions.
After training hard last year and winning a silver medal at the European Club Championships in Holland, the team stepped up their training over the winter months to attempt go one better this year. As part of their preparations the team have already been to two International competitions. They won the Odesnse International in Denmark in early January and matched that achievement in the Karnath Cup in Germany on 17th and 18th March, beating seven times reigning champions Deventer of Holland in the final. Several of Europe’s top teams were at both tournaments making the achievement even more impressive.
Things are looking promising for the season ahead already, four members of the team have been selected for the GB senior squad and one member for the GB under 21 squad. Viking A’s club mates are hoping for similar success this year too. The club has two members in the GB ladies squad, four further members in the GB Men’s under 21 squad and one member in the Women’s Under 21 Squad. They are all hoping to make it into the teams for the World Championships in September.
Viking A’s form in domestic tournaments is at an all time high, they have won the National League and National Cup for the last three years, going unbeaten in over 60 games in the process. They are looking to extend that this year having one unbeaten tournament under their belt in the league already and a further opportunity at a National Division One tournament this Saturday.