The word is out in B.C.’s water polo community. Don’t miss the water polo weekend in Ruby Lake. It is epic.
The warm, clear, turquoise water of Ruby Lake welcomed back dozens of athletes from the Lower Mainland and beyond for a weekend of water polo, played in the middle of the lake.
The eighth annual Sunshine Coast Summer Classic Water Polo Festival was held on Aug. 17 and 18. Volunteers from the Sunshine Coast Sockeye Water Polo Club put in major efforts to host a record attendance of 85 visitors. Event coordinator Darren Molder added, “Attendees also contribute to a successful weekend by helping out with cooking, cleanup, and setting up nets with anchors. People seem to enjoy chipping in to make this unique event a highlight of their summer.”
Two water polo courses were set up this year to accommodate the growth in attendance and to offer both advanced and intermediate levels of play. Club president Denise Woodley observed: “I’m not sure if the water polo is the main attraction or simply waiting around at the lake side in the near tropical conditions of one of the Sunshine Coast’s most beautiful lakes.”
The event is attracting players and their families and friends who are arriving for the water polo weekend, and also spending more time to explore the Sunshine Coast’s many other attractions.
Once again, Ruby Lake Resort provided high quality accommodations and hosting amenities, and volunteers of Sockeye Water Polo served their visitors a highly anticipated feast of prawns and steak. Generous donations from Gibsons Tapworks and IGA at Madeira Park also contributed to the overall success of the event.
The Summer Classic is the signature event of the Sunshine Coast Sockeye Water Polo Club. It serves as a fundraiser and main promotional vehicle for the club’s youth water polo program, which continues this fall. All proceeds of the weekend are directly channelled towards the purchase of pool time for youth water polo in the upcoming seasons.
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