Congratulations to Niamh Moloney - Junior Waterpolo player of the year
Presented by immediate past president - Richie Metcalfe
Since taking up waterpolo, NIAMH MOLONEY has shown remarkable improvements which despite her age, culminated in her selection to the Great Britain U19 Junior Women squad in 2017. This squad was established to work towards the U19 European Waterpolo Championships Funchal, Portugal 9 – 16 Sept 2018. Initial selections took place in October 2017 and Niamh has continued to demonstrate her ability for the next phase of preparations by retaining her place during subsequent reviews and squad size reductions, regularly attending squad sessions and training competitions in UK and abroad. Most recently in Hungary where she competed against China, Slovakia and Szentes. She has now returned to her own age group and is a valued member of the GBR U17 squad.
An outstanding player amongst her peer group, she has taken up the challenge to continuously improve and regularly competes in competitions and against teams well above her age. Niamh has become a regular player for her club at both junior and senior levels whilst also gaining selection for the Scottish National girls and Senior women squads. 2018 has also seen Niamh earn a place in Caledonia Senior Womens team who gained promotion to Division 1 in the British Water Polo League.
In addition to her commitment to waterpolo training with Dunfermline WPC, Caledonia, Scottish National squads and Great Britain U19 and U17 squads, Niamh has also maintained a high level swimming fitness with up to 3 swim sessions a week with Dunfermline ASC along with specialist Strength and Conditioning training at Pitreavie AC.
2017/2018 has been an exceptional period for Niamh which has taken her from junior club player to regular Great Britain squad member. Her achievements were also recognised when she was awarded the 2018 Scottish Junior Water Polo player of the Year.
Niamh stands out as a great role model for young water polo players and her nomination is a true reward for her growing talent and commitment to the sport of water polo in Scotland and GBR.