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White’s waterpolo girls face tough first clash in Russia

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By Mark Etheridge

After Chad Ho got South Africa’s 16th Fina World Championships campaign up and running in Russia on Saturday, it’s time for the water polo girls to pick up that ball and ‘run’ with it.
Ho got gold in the men’s 5km open water swim with a nailbiting victory on Saturday. Now it’s captain Kelsey White’s team, pictured above in Kazan, who can feed off that winning energy when they take on the Netherlands.
‘It was a long 24-hour travel period but we loosened up nicely after out training sessions,’ White told Road to Rio 2016.
‘There are lots of new girls on the team as five of the girls who played in our winning Nations Cup team in Ireland were not able to come for either personal or financial reasons.
‘So the team is not as experienced as we would have hope for but they’re still passionate and just amazed at how big the FINA World Championships is.
‘We’re staying at the Athletes Village here in Kazan with most of the other teams and it’s so much fun with lots of activities to do and many tours of Kazan available.’
On to the games that lie in wait, the proud SA flagbearer at Friday’s opening ceremony went on: ‘Our first game against Netherlands will be tough as they are a top five team and looking very strong.
‘Then it’s Australia, the No2 side in the world, on Tuesday and then Greece on Thursday.
‘But the team are very keen and enthusiastic right now.’
Meanwhile, in Saturday’s synchronised swimming competition,  Kerry Norden executed the Solo Technical category event with 61.7306 points to finish the preliminary round in 24th place, while Nicole Gillis and Julia Vincent came 15th in the 3m Synchro Springboard Diving preliminaries.
Sunday’s programme will see Vincent and Micaela Bouter compete in the 1m Diving Springboard, as well as Emma Manners Wood and Laura Strugnell in the Synchro Duet Technical.


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