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
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.