Medicine Hat Water Polo
MHWP was founded in 2008 as an adult recreation program. In 2009 it expanded to an all-ages club with exhibition games played in Calgary and Swift Current. Mini Polo (U10) was created in 2011, which was the first program in Alberta dedicated to pre-competitive development, inspiring the AWPA “I ♥ Water Polo” grassroots initiative. 2012 saw the first competitive team exclusively made up of Medicine Hat players, leading to three years of excellence in Provincial and Western Canadian competition. As with any niche sport in a smaller community, participation numbers will drive the success of the program. While we do not have our own competitive travel team at the moment, our players still practice locally, and participate with other clubs at the provincial level.
Unfortunately, like many athlletic programs, 2020-2023 were especially difficult years. The competitive side of the program closed, our affiliation with Alberta Water Polo was no longer in the best interest of the program, and the club has moved to a fully independent program.