January 4th 2016
Scott Carpenter, 27, of Sedgefield Water Polo club based at Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre and who started playing the game at 5 years old, has achieved many great things in his Water Polo career that have totally transcended the amateur game in this country. For the past 4 years he has been a professional player in Australia with the Victoria Tigers in Melbourne and has had rave reviews for his play despite being injury hit over the last two years. He lead the Tigers to the National League double in 2013 and became the first foreign player to do this and as captain.
Scott started the National League off in great style in 2015 in Australia and was on course to break the long standing goal scoring record till after 9 games his long standing finger injury re-occurred. This kept him out from March till September. This was very frustrating as he had also missed most of 2014 with major shoulder surgery. Scott was considering retirement at this stage.
His coach and owner of the Victoria Tigers in Melbourne, Jeff Barrow, described Scott as good enough for any international or club side in the world.
He was targetted by Australia water polo to be fast tracked through the Citizenship process in just two years instead of the usual 4/5 years after glowing endorcements from the CEO and Performance Director of Australian Polo, so hopefully if injuries allow he is now available to play in the Olympics in 2016 in Rio.
Scott was picked to play against Japan in a 3 test series in November for Australia in Sydney but was forced to withdraw due to illness. Fortunately still not fit he was picked to play against Olympic silver medallists Italy in December when he made a very encouraging debut for Australia with a 10-9 win and Scott managed 2 goals.
Scott still holds all the goal scoring records in GB for Junior and Senior polo and played over 100 times for GB. He was the tournament top scorer in the European B’s in 2009. Famously despite the coaches and players being desperate for him to play in the Olympics in London in 2012 for GB he was ruled out because he had based himself in Australia instead of Europe by UK Sport. Scott was also a professional player in Barcelona for a year and has turned down contracts from all of Europe’s top leagues because of the lucrative offer and lifestyle opportunities in Australia.