Origin of the Club

Atlantis City Water Polo and Aquatics

The Origins of Atlantis City Water Polo

Our Purpose

We believe every person should have an equal opportunity to achieve their potential in all aspects of water polo from playing and coaching to officiating and organising events.

 

Our Vision

To become New Zealand’s most sought-after water polo Club for all ages with best in class coaching and support at all levels of the game. We will act as stewards for the game both in and out the pool as we challenge and inspire future generations of Kiwi water polo players.

 

Our Values

  •  We are dedicated and passionate about water polo
  • We continually strive for excellence in all aspects of the game – playing, coaching, managing, refereeing and running events
  • We are inclusive and respectful of our fellow Club members and our local community
  • We act transparently and always meet our governance commitments
  • We prioritise fun, teamwork and a love of the game above success

 

In December 2016 current Head Coach and founding member Angie Winstanley – Smith was approached by a small group of local parents and asked if she would consider starting a new water polo club within the central Auckland region. The feeling was there was a need to establish a club which had a more specific focus on young women in sport and evolving basic water safety skills into water polo specific capabilities.

 

From a dedicated group of 15 founding members, the Club has grown significantly over the last 4 years and today boasts close to 200 registered playing members with coaches and referees across seven different age groups and programmes.

 

While boys have been part of our Junior age groups since the beginning, in 2021 we proudly appointed our first Head of Men’s Programme coach, Josh Potaka, with the intention of continuing to grow the boys and men’s programmes to the same levels as the girls.

 

Atlantis City is an affiliated Club to Diocesan School for Girls and is run by a dedicated team of volunteers who make up the Clubs Committee. They are supported by a part time paid administrator who manages all the Club’s communication with members and runs the club’s various community support programmes/tournaments.

 

Our Numbers

 

  • 200 + Club Members (Under 12 to Seniors)
  • 19 of our members have been selected to represent New Zealand at an International Level
  • More than 600 children have participated in our entry level Neptune Program with a focus on deep water safety and confidence
  • We also run the Central Auckland Intermediate League (40 + teams from 15 schools)
  • We manage the Epsom Minipolo and Flippaball League on behalf of NZ Waterpolo.