Waterpolo duo making a splash

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TWO members of Worthing Swimming Club’s water polo team are making a splash on the national stage.

Ben Alcorn is training full-time with the GB men’s squad in Manchester as they prepare for the Olympics, and 14-year-old Ben Goddard is currently in the England talent squad for his age.

Goddard, who started playing water polo four years ago, trains once a month in Cardiff with the England squad, as well as playing for the south east region, Worthing and Invicta and playing for the London region, through his training at the centre of excellence in Crystal Palace.

His long-term goals are to play for Great Britain in the Olympics, although that might not be until 2020, and he said: “I just started playing because I enjoyed it and never thought I’d get this far.

“But now I’m looking to go as far as I can and I’ll be looking towards the Olympics.

“There’s a European Championship coming up in the next two years, for 1998-born players, which I hope to be part of.”

Goddard started going to trials for the England Talent Squad in January and has been to training sessions four times in Cardiff now – after the squad was trimmed to its current number.

He was also full of praise for Worthing coach Alastair Roberts and Alcorn for all their help throughout his water polo career so far.

Alcorn is currently training full-time with the GB men’s squad in preparation for the Olympics and he could be involved in some of the warm-up fixtures in the build-up to the Olympics.

He has worked hard at his game over the past few years and is now recognised as one of the best goalkeepers in the country,

His training regime in Manchester is tough, with 6.15am starts, as well as demanding gym sessions at the Institute of Sport.

Anyone interested in sponsoring Goddard can contact his mother, Alison, on 07905 723658 or mrscavey@sky.com