Regarded as the fastest growing sport in SA, Water Polo has enjoyed a leading role in the sports department at DHS. Such is the consistency of our performances that, country wide, the sport is synonymous with DHS. Our current sponsors are Peppers & Pans and Travel & Sport.
The age groups catered for at DHS are U14/U15/U16 and U19. The school is privileged to enjoy the coaching of services of Messrs Matthew Nixon-James and Dylan Cronje. Both coaches have been involved in the game for some time, with the latter being a member of the South African team that participated in the FINA World Championships in South Korea in 2019.
The 1st team is coached by Mr Steven La Marque, who is also currently the South African Director of Coaching.
Under the guidance of Mr La Marque, the school runs an academy between 07h00-08h30 daily. The latest trends available throughout the world are utilized in this academy and this has enabled the school’s teams to maintain the competitive nature that it is notorious for.
The Coaching Philosophy adopted by the water polo department is simple:
“There are players from other schools that may be better than you, but there is no reason why there should be any player at any other school that trains harder than you.”
The twilight years of Water Polo at DHS was undoubtedly through the 70’s. During that time, DHS produced several Springboks. Names like Woodcock, McCormack, Collopy, Dowel, Shedlock & Coetsee became icons in the SA Water Polo world. Colin Woodcock (Class of 1976) was rewarded for his ability and leadership in being appointed as Springbok Captain. Added to that, Mr Alan Burt was appointed as an International Referee and to officiate at several FINA events.