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Wray to leave water polo

10th May 2013

Joanna Wray, High Performance Manager for British Water Polo, will be leaving at the end of May to join British Fencing as their new Head of Pathway Development.

Wray joined British Swimming in September 2008 following the Beijing Olympic Games and has overseen an important time for British Water Polo, which culminated in host nation places at London 2012.

Water Polo has been a big part of my life for the past four years and has been very rewarding.

Most recently Wray led the bid for funding for the Road to Rio cycle which saw Water Polo get an increase from £2.9m split across the men’s and women’s teams to £4.5m dedicated to the women’s international programme.

“One of the highlights of my career was the London 2012 Olympics,” said Wray. “Working on the bid for the host nation places, then being Team Leader for the teams during the Games was a great achievement.

“I will be very sad to leave Water Polo; it has been a big part of my life for the past four years and has been very rewarding. The women’s team has progressed so much in the last cycle, despite initially losing funding in 2009 and they are now in very good hands with Graeme Thompson the new National Performance Director.

“My new role with British Fencing will be a new focus for me. I’ll be moving away from senior athletes and working with development athletes instead and I’m really looking forward to a new challenge.”

Graeme Thompson, National Performance Director for Water Polo said:  "Joanna played a significant role in the progression of Water Polo during the London Cycle. She is very dedicated and passionate about Water Polo and I respect how difficult this decision to move has been for.

“We wish all the very best with her new job, which is an exciting further opportunity for her"

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