Ryan Pinington

When did you start playing water polo and why?

When Rysz Detko disqualified me in a club swimming gala for an illegal turn. I must have been around 12 I think. He then told me not to worry and asked if I wanted to try water polo.

Describe yourself in five words

Fun, dedicated. No sure about any others. You might be better asking my team mates.

Name three people who helped you become the water polo player you are today and why?

Chris Hartley, Neil Bowers and Colin Burgess. All different types of players but all communicated and coached well with myself and the other juniors. They were also winners and hate losing!

How do you prepare yourself for a game?

Mainly focusing on training as regularly as possibly in the weeks leading up to the game. I also like doing a good amount of flexibility work.

You started in the NWPL (BWPL) when you were 15, what was it like when you first started?

I remember watching large amounts of the games from the bench. Trying to remember the game plan and skills I had been coached in training. The warm ups were memorable. I coulnt score past Dave Bush for like a whole season. In fact I dont think I ever scored in the warm up! Then players like Dougie Campbell, who I did not really know and had never trained with, always giving out advice and pointing out things to think about in  games.

You had three years out and came back, what made you want to come back?

Wanting to train regularly again a couple of times a week. I also have good friends that I had not seen in a long time.

How did you find coming back into training and playing in the BWPL again?

It was all difficult at first but enjoyable at the same time. Shame I didnt come back a little earlier.

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