Former coach says King deserves Olympic call-up
A FORMER Trinity School pupil will be looking to upset the odds at the Olympics as part of the Team GB water polo squad.
Sean King, a young swimmer who was introduced to water polo at Trinity School at the age of 11, has been selected for the Olympic Games in London, with Team GB playing in the sport for the first time since 1956.
They have been drawn in the same group as the top four teams from the Beijing Olympics, but the 23-year-old's former coach at Trinity, Ian Marsh, is hoping the minnows can have a good tournament.
He said: "This is the equivalent of Georgia being at the Rugby World Cup and being drawn with Australia, New Zealand and Wales.
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"They are definitely the minnows of the group and GB are very much small fry in this.
"Water polo is big in Europe, but not here in Great Britain as there is no professional water polo here. But these players have done so well to make the world rankings and qualify and hopefully they will do well and give the sport a higher profile."
King, like many of his team-mates, has been playing professional polo abroad to build up his experience and the former Bromley Swimming Club member ended his season in Germany as the league's top scorer, being voted his club's player of the season.
As such, Marsh said the call-up for King was "fantastic and well-deserved".
"He is a very gifted player and he has got this far through dedication and hard work.
"He set his sights high, decided this was what he was going to do and he has worked his socks off to get there, so I am so pleased for him."
Marsh was King's coach up until 2005, when he left Trinity, and he has seen his former pupil go on to make his international debut in 2006, before playing all around Europe, including in water polo hotbeds like Hungary, Croatia and Russia.
And Marsh said he hopes King can thrive at the big tournament this summer in front of the home crowd.
He said: "He has worked so hard to get where he is, which makes this achievement so great.
"This will be a great experience and will raise the profile of the players and the sport."