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Water Polo National Age Group Championships finals update

Swim England and Liverpool City Council have wished a speedy recovery to a small number of people who suffered minor injuries after a ceiling light fitting shattered at the Water Polo National Age Group Championships.

The incident happened during the U17s boys semi-final between West London Penguins and Nova Centurion at the Liverpool Aquatics Centre.

As a result of glass falling onto the poolside and into the 50m pool where the competition was being staged, the championships were cancelled.

Liverpool City Council has since confirmed it has launched an investigation into the incident.

Jane Nickerson, Swim England chief executive, said: “We’re sorry that the Water Polo National Age Group Championships were cancelled at the weekend.

“Safety is of paramount importance to us.

Speedy recovery

“We held discussions with the Liverpool Aquatics Centre and there was no alternative but to call off the remaining fixtures on Saturday and Sunday’s scheduled games due to glass falling into the pool.

“We wish those that suffered injuries a speedy recovery.”

A spokesperson from Liverpool City Council added: “We are very sorry for the cancellation of the event and hope that participants understand that the safety of customers has to come first, which is why we had to shut the pool.

“We would like to thank competitors and teams for their support and co-operation, and send our very best wishes for a speedy recovery to those affected.”

Ticket refunds will be given to spectators attending the event and Swim England will contact those affected to arrange payments.

Talks are currently ongoing about if the championships will be rescheduled.