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Dave McNulty appointed Head Coach of Bath Intensive Training Centre

Olympic medal-winning coach Dave McNulty has been announced as the Head Coach of the soon to be established British Swimming Intensive Training Centre (ITC) at the University of Bath. McNulty, who coached Jo Jackson to a bronze medal in the 400m Freestyle at the Beijing Olympics, will head up one of a new nationwide network of five ITCs designed to provide a world-class daily training environment for swimmer development and to build on the success of Beijing as the sport looks towards London in 2012.

The former Durham Aquatics coach, who has spent the past six months at Loughborough University, is looking forward to the challenge.

"I'm very excited about this British Swimming opportunity to work as head coach of the Bath ITC," said McNulty."This ITC will provide all of the daily training requirements for high performance athletes in a world class environment. It will help to build on the success of the Beijing Olympics by looking forward to 2012 and beyond. I take up this position in October and I'm looking forward to working with everyone at TeamBath. By working together with TeamBath we will have a system in place that underpins the ITC and offers opportunities for all."

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Water Polo Results

Water Polo competition results

European Junior Water Polo Championships 2008 - GB women start well

15 to 21 Sep 2008 - Chania, Greece

The Junior GB Womenís team lost to Greece on the first day but came back fighting to beat Serbia 9-7 in their second game. In their third game they beat Ukraine 17-3.

The top three of each group will play for the medals, including a bye for the group winners in the cross-over games.

European Junior Water Polo Championships 2008 - Montenegro win Gold and improving GB team finish 13th

7 to 14 Sep 2008 - Istanbul

Britainís Junior Menís water polo team finished in 13th place at the recent European Championships. In the knock out matches, Britain just lost to France on penalties, with the final score of 13-12 causing them to just miss out on the 9th-13th placings.

The team then played for the 13th-16th positions, and came back fighting to beat Slovenia 8-5. This win demonstrates a vast improvement in the British side, as they lost to Slovenia at last yearís European Championship qualifiers.

In their final game, they beat Israel on penalties, with keeper Matt Holland saving four of the five, putting them in 13th and Israel in 14th.

National Performance Director Nick Hume said: ďThe boys finished 13th, but showed good signs of moving forward, particularly by beating France and Holland in the lead up to this competition. These were two wins we havenít had in a while and is an indication of the teamís improvement and increased competitiveness.Ē

European Junior Water Polo Championships 2008 Cross Over matches

7 to 14 Sept 2008 - Istanbul, Turkey

There were nail-biting finishes to two of the four cross-over matches. The bottom-eight seeded Dutch needed extra-time to beat home team Turkey by one goal, 12-11. World number two Italy beat France 12-11 after 9-9 in the final period of a close game. Montenegro and Spain took the two other quarter-final berths of the 16-nation-tournament.

European Junior Water Polo Championships 2008 Days 1-3 - GB find the going tough

7 to 14 Sept 2008 - Istanbul

Day One

Britainís Junior Menís water polo team kicked off the European Championships with a tough encounter against Italy. The Championships also see the British team play Croatia and Germany in the Preliminaries before the round matches begin on the fourth day. In their first game the Italians beat the British team with a final score of 12-7, but coach Cristian Iordache said: "GB showed their improved form and fitness by staying in the game with Italy for most of the time. A few individual errors cost us dearly but the team deserve praise for their spirit and commitment."

High Tatras Water Polo Tournament, Bratislava

28 to 31 August 2008 - NovŠky, Slovakia

Britainís menís junior water polo players fought hard to claim a Silver medal in this Six-Nation-Tournament for menīs junior teams. The matches were contested in the marvellous outdoor pool of the Slovakian city which can covered by a moveable roof.

The first game saw Britain lose to Australia 3-10, but the British team went on to improve their form and won the following three matches. They won 9-5 against Holland, beat Slovakia 13-7 and easily defeated the French 15-8.

The final game against Slovenia ended in a 9-9 draw but the British team had already done enough to earn Silver with a total of 7 points.

The British win over the Dutch is the first in recent memory and these promising results put the British side in a good position for the forthcoming European Junior Championships, which are being held in Istanbul from 7-14 Sept 2008.

Beijing 2008 Water Polo

Water polo events of the 29th Olympiad in Beijing

GB Men win International Water Polo Tournament - Lodz, Poland

Britainís menís Water Polo squad looked strong and confident on their way to vistory in a three-way competition which saw Britainís 15-strong squad take on Poland and Turkey. Britain came from behind after losing to Poland in their first round match 3-5 to Poland.

The next two matches saw Britain take on Turkey and beat them in both games. The first saw Britain win with a score of 9-7 and the second 10-6.

The final match was against Poland again and Britain needed to overcome their first loss as they closed in on winning the tournament. The young British squad succeeded and won the match 8-3 and took the tournament title.

ASA SW Region Club Championships 2008 - U15 Age Group

The 2008 Tournament comprised the eight strongest teams from around the ASA SW Region, and got off to a flying start with Exeter's 8-0 defeat of Christchurch at the spectacular venue of Millfield.

Other teams competing included Bristol Harlequins, Cheltenham, Barnstaple and Paignton. The team from Devon forged early leads, until Cheltenham pulled off a stunning victory over Exeter winning 6-2. Exeter managed a 3-0 first half lead over Paignton only to see their local rivals fight back valiantly, but it was not enough to prevent Exeter from taking second place overall.

British Juniors make waves in Macedonia

The British junior water polo squad capped a successful weekendís action by qualifying for the European Junior Water Polo Championships in September set to be held in Istanbul. The squad took on Slovenia, Ukraine, Macedonia, Spain and Belarus in Group A and their results saw them come third, equal on points with the strong polo nation of Spain but with a lower goal difference.

The squad faced Slovenia first and were beaten 12-9 after a promising start, and played well against the Ukraine this to take their first victory of the tournament, ending 16-8.

They next took on Macedonia and sealed another win, beating the hosts 15-6 who had a lot of support from the home crowd. Britain had a strong first quarter leading 5-0, however the Macedonian squad came back hard in the second quarter to take the final half of the match in at 5-3. The British squad continued the form they showed against the Ukraine for the final 2 quarters, taking them 4-1 and 6-2.

ASA South West Water Polo Club Championships 2008

17 May 2008 - Millfield

The first two ASA SW Club Championships have been held and for the first time included Mini-Polo (10 & Under). Unfortunately the number of entrant teams decreased from four to two prior to the event, which resulted in the kids from Christchurch & New Milton Seagulls and Exeter being delighted to be playing in the final! With what was probably the largest contingent of parents, grandparents, siblings etc that Millfield has ever seen for a single water polo match cheering the players on, the teams played a full 4 quarter match and the standard of play was surprisingly high.

Exeter emerged victorious 8-2 with 9 year olds Kamz Powell and George Scott both netting hat-tricks for Exeter. Player of the Match (as nominated by referee Jason Quiterio) was Alex Sanger-Anderson (Exeter) who performed well both in goal and out.