Ray Pead, Water Polo

What sport do you coach?

Water polo which is a team water sport.

Why did you start coaching?

Back in the 70s, water polo was just starting to take off in Geraldton. There were quite a few people interested in playing this sport and there was nobody to coach them how to play.

That’s why I decided to become a water polo coach. Our first club was called B52s. This club is still around.

What sport do you play?

I’ve been playing amateur water polo since 1970. I also like surfing (the art of wave riding).

Qualifications and Memberships

  • 2015 – 2017 - Vice President role in the Geraldton Water Polo Association
  • 2012 - Level 1 Water Polo Coach

Three words that best describe you

Passionate; dedicated; disciplined (and hard working). I like challenge.

If you were an animal what would you be?

Easy. I’d be a great white shark - the ultimate predator who can move very fast.

Athletic career achievements

  • Early 1990 – I was in the Australian Country Water Polo team
  • 1984 – I won the State 100 meters Backstroke
  • 1982 – I was the State Junior Raffle Shutter

Coaching achievements

In 2016, I’ve been coaching three girls who made it to the State School Girls Water Polo.

During my coaching career I have been privileged to coach some young athletes who made it to the Premiership in Geraldton.

Do you have a sports idol?

I have a lot of respect for our local water polo coach, David Shea. I worked with him during my transition from swimming to water polo. This transition wasn’t as easy as one would think. I had to acquire new skills (ball throwing) and also make some adjustments to become a team player. 

I could not have asked for a better coach than David Shea!

What sort of work you do?

I’m a marine pilot. I love my job as get to meet people from different cultural backgrounds. These people are a very important part of our community.

What are your hobbies?

If I have any spare time, I go surfing. My favorite surfing spot is Bowes River (near Northampton).

What advice would you give to a young aspiring athlete?

  • Be prepared to work hard and develop many skills in addition to swimming.
  • Be patient and allow time to be a good team player in the water.
  • Have fun.