Quick look around

When I think about UWR on a global scale I see how it is unique in so many ways. Not only with it's awesome features which we all know of, like the 3 dimensional teamplay, but also the fact that it's one of the youngest sports around us. It's a sport of a new generation, as some sports, which seem new to us, like american football for europeans, have been the most obvious things for others. The youngest sports of our times are usually extreme sports, as they gain quick popularity with radical features which are not possible for the most, so as the athletes raise the bar higher and higher, their competititon becomes eye-candy for everyone. Despite the fact that we all know how awesome is what we see underneath, it's rather hard to get to show this experience to others like the way people get to see wingsuits or parkour on the web. It is because the pools we use are inherited from the diving sport, and they are not meant to display what's happening underwater. But, believe me, it's one hell of a game down there! Some refer to it as a true quidditch, some as an underwater gladiator arena, it shows different approaches to the same game. Personally, I think underwater rugby is meant to be a little more tactial and little more relying on speed rather than brute force, meaning the games should be played in larger pools. Either way, this sport is only a couple decades old, and never became famous so far through footages of it. Yet, it is still prospering in a way, those who ever try it, rarely stop doing it, they stay dedicated and motivated while other sports have people constantly shifting. Why is that? It is because it's so great, that those who are able to try it, get to love it right away! Why am I saying "able to try it"? Because that matters too, specially as long as you dont have a trainer who can just look after those, who need to be trained how to dive first, use the snorkel, dolphin kick, etc. I see many type of people come around. Some may never even dare to dive underwater, even if they are waterpolo players otherwise! So there are times you can tell, it's not going to be the sport of that person, even if he or she was interested in the beginning. But, sometimes, it happens to us, that a girl comes down, turns out, she was a swimmer for 17 years, and plays rugby like she was born into it? And she tells you after her first training, that she has just found her sport :) So I think we should keep it in our heads that we have a responsibility to share our experience of how nice the sport is which we are playing. And of course, capture the sport on video :) Because this is how UWR keeps spreading in every country, that once people try it somewhere, they don't want to stop, and when they go home, they look for opportunities to play it, even organise a team, as one of our players did in the US, where only underwater hockey has been known till now. What does the future hold? Our growth from being a community of a cool sport to being an actual professional sport depends on how do we use the media to inform people about this sport, make them to try it, and attract sponsorships and inverstors too. Guess what? I've just got a letter from a TV reporter apprentice, that he is covering sports they believe to be future's popular sports :) asking for our permisson to include us in the video and come over to shoot the footages. Is that a sign? :) Not to mention the fact how cooperation is developing with our federation! And so on... The same things you also know if you share my passion for underwater rugby. So this would be my blog in english where I would share things which I find noticable about underwater rugby for those who play it already, and for those who will play it :)


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