Thursday, March 7, 2019

Rayner steps down from water polo role

After ten years leading the development of Water Polo in Scotland, Neal Rayner has decided to step down from his post. Reflecting on his time with Scottish Swimming, Neal commented, ‘I have thoroughly enjoyed my ten years with Scottish Swimming, I am proud of the work we have done to develop water polo and I would like to thank all those who I have worked with for the support they have given.   In particular, I would like to thank the many amazing volunteers who give their time on a daily basis to support water polo.  It has been a privilege for me to share my passion for this truly Scottish sport, to build a great foundation for the future of it in Scotland.’

During Rayner’s time in charge water polo has grown and developed; 2018 / 19 has seen Water Polo membership surpass 1000 members for the first time boosted by a 1200% explosion in the number of junior players.   He played a significant role in the development of the junior competitions and pathway and championed the opportunities for both boys and girls in having gender specific leagues.   At a performance level the highlight maybe the sold out Commonwealth Water Polo Championships in Aberdeen in 2014 where Scotland men won a Bronze medal.

CEO of Scottish Swimming Forbes Dunlop commented, ‘I would like to thank Neal for the work he has done and wish him well for the future. We will now take time to consider how we best continue to develop water polo in Scotland’.