St. Luke’s in the Olympics?

St. Luke’s has got one foot in the Olympic door with the help from our very own eighth grader, John Krill, who has been accepted into the water polo ODP or Olympic Development Program. This kind accomplishment has never before occurred in our St. Luke’s community, at least to my own recollection, and is a renowned and exclusive program only for the truly committed.  The USA Water Polo website explains the program with this quote, “The purpose of the Olympic Development Program is to serve as the feeder system for USA Water Polo’s National Teams.” I can only imagine what it must feel like to be apart of this notable organization, so I did what any reasonable person would do and asked.

Water polo is a fast and physical Olympic sport.

Water polo is a fast and physical Olympic sport.

Water polo is a team water sport, much like soccer, where there are two teams, one ball, two nets, and a whole lot of splashing involved. The objective of the sport is to score, as many times on the opposing team’s net, while simultaneously defending your own. This is not an easy feat, because like all great sports, there is a certain level of difficulty that restricts your ability to win. First of all, there is always another team of 7 player (6 field players and 1 goalkeeper) trying to do the exact opposite of your own team: score on you. Second of all, one of the most rigorous rules of the sport is that every player must tread water for the entirety of the game. This rule drains the stamina of the players, both physically and mentally, which raises that level of difficulty drastically. Lastly, every member of the team must contribute and collaborate with one another in order to maintain a structured offense and defense, which is made difficult by the constant loud and disorienting splashing and yelling from other players. Miraculously, one team always manages to triumph over the other (hopefully, John will be one of the triumphant ones).

I continued the interview by asking what has been John Krill’s experience as water polo athlete?

He explained that he began competitive water polo when he was only ten years old and today practices 4 times a week through intense training. He also pointed out that before his water polo career he was an avid competitive swimmer, which enabled him to pursue water polo, when it was introduced to him. Water polo has become his “passion” today; it has been a sport, with which he has dedicated countless hours and traveled all across the country. He has attended training centers all over the country, ranging from our own backyard in Greenwich all the way to Pittsburg, Annapolis, Colorado Springs, and even California for the junior Olympics. His travels define his accomplishments so far, but on top of that they prove his eagerness, devotion, and “passion” for the sport, which will always enable him achieve greatness going forward.

John Krill is one of a finite number of people that can preform at such a high athletic caliber, which is a true accomplishment. With that ability we as the St Luke’s community want John to go for the gold either literally or figuratively, because he has an entire school cheering him on and who want to see him succeed.

— Chris Bloomer, Contributing Writer

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