Jeremy Ponton and Curtis Sahariv both want to take their game to the next level. But they need help.
Both represent the ACT for water polo and, if all goes to plan, they will be in New Zealand in June for the Pan Pacific Youth Water Polo Festival.
However, the boys, who play in the under 16s side, need financial help, so on Sunday Ponton of Yass and Sahariv of Murrumbateman will be adjacent to Miller Pharmacy running a Mother’s Day stall.
“It’s to help us subsidise the cost of the trip over there,” Ponton told the Tribune.
“It will help Curtis and I, as well as the rest of our team.”
The boys attend Daramalan College in Canberra and train up to four times a week.
Ponton, who plays on the wing, said his family got him into the sport.
“My sister started playing it so I thought I’d give it a go.
“I like swimming but I really like the contact part of the sport.”
The Pan Pacs are a huge event on the water polo calendar, with teams from America, South Africa and Australia all converging on New Zealand.
“It would mean heaps to be able to go over there and compete,” Ponton said.
“As a water polo player it will be a great experience.”
Both boys have high hopes for the team and are confident they can get over the line and take the title.
“We have an extremely strong team and I think we can win it.”
“I hope I can get a goal or two as well,” Ponton added.
At the street stall the boys will be selling raffle tickets with eight potential winners.
Each of the prizes is ideal as a Mother’s Day gift and includes a $100 gift voucher for dinner at the Kennedy Room on Kennedy Street in Kingston, Canberra. Other prizes include two pamper packs, two wine packs, Sterling Silver earrings and pendant.
For those people who might be interested in taking up water polo as a sport the stall will have some information.