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What is Canoe Polo?

Canoe polo is now played in 50 countries, in all continents of the world.  


In New Zealand, it is a fast-growing Sport, with Mananwtū hosting one of the largest club memberships in the country. 


Canoe (kayak) polo, is a competitive sport where two teams, each made up of five players on a court, (with up to three subs) compete to score in their opponent's goal. Within a kayak, a player works to get the ball, either thrown by hand or flicked with the paddle, to pass between teammates down the court and into the goal. The aim is to score more goals than the other team


Canoe Polo can be played both indoors and out, on bodies of flat water 1m deep (minimum). A court measures 35 metres by 23 metres, with a goal positioned 2m above the water at either end of the court.


Not only a great game for competitors, but a great game for spectators with fast-paced action packed into two halves of 10 minutes each.


Those that play Canoe Polo develop skills in balance, hand-eye coordination, muscles and core strength, the quick pace and strategy of the game make for quick thinking. The teamwork needed makes for great camaraderie and friendships that untold players from our club have built over decades of playing together. 


MKCP club utilises both the Hokowhitu lagoon where we have 3 fixed courts as well as Freyberg and Makino Pools for our winter grades. 


Within our club, we have kids and adults of all ages and abilities competing against and learning from each other to develop and refine their skills. It is also an ideal sport to be picked up by adult paddlers who are wishing to improve their all-round canoeing skills. 


To play Canoe Polo, the kit required is; a boat (Kayak), spray deck, paddle, helmet, PFD (Personal Flotation Device) and a ball. 5 players on either side are required. 

MKCP offers numerous opportunities to play, for all levels.


MKCP has club gear available for beginner players to use if they do not have their own.

We can also help connect you with sellers of second-hand gear to get you started.


If this sounds like something that you might be interested in,  come along to one of our social nights to give it a try.

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