One of our players, Lisa came to Hobart as an exchange student 12 months ago and wrote about her experience playing UWRugby:
When you say to someone new that you practice underwater rugby, you usually get two kind of reactions: the first one includes opened mouth and eyes wide followed by the question: “Underwater what? How can you attack people under the water?”.
The second one is “the non-reaction” which actualizes with a: “Ah”. Probably the interlocutors think they understood wrong or they do not want to show you they have no idea about its existence. Or simply they do not care (fair enough!).
My first reaction was not far from both of them. I wanted to practice a sport during my exchange year and I thought: “let’s try!”. So the reason why I started is nothing special. On contrary, the reason why I kept playing is a bit more relevant.
The first training was embarrassing for me! Once I entered in the water I was so clumsy, I could not manage the gear properly or even reach the bottom of the pool. Anyway, I had been patient enough to wait for the game to begin and then I had been able to see what really happens under 5 meters of water: it was one of the most amazing shows I had ever seen and that was the moment I said: “I want to do that”.
Training has been a good way to improve my fitness while learning a new sport. But more importantly, joining the team meant meeting wonderful people that made my exchange experience much more valuable than what I expected. I had the chance to make new friends and share this crazy passion that reaches the level of an addiction.
For these reasons (and many others) I would suggest to everybody to come and try Underwater Rugby. Not everybody falls in love at first sight with it, but many others do and that is true love! 🙂
Still not convinced? Try this flowchart: