Sheffield waterpolo match is making a real splash for cancer charity

A waterpolo team from the University of Sheffield is hosting a national charity tournament, in support of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Monday, 16th September 2019, 4:19 pm
Updated Friday, 27th September 2019, 9:33 pm
Becki and Rosie

The event, which will see 140 players from across the UK head to the region, will be held on November 16 at Maltby Leisure Centre. It is being organised by University of Sheffield’s women’s water polo captain, Becki Lee.

Becki, who has previously represented England and Great Britain in water polo, is hoping to raise thousands for the charity at the tournament, that will see 14 teams from six universities go head-to-head.

Becki, who is going into her third year at the university, where she is studying chemistry, said: “We’re hoping it’s going to be a great event for the charity, as well as increasing awareness of this great sport.

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“There will be a girls competition and a boys competition and we're looking forward to facing off against some fantastic teams.”

The event will run from 2pm to 8pm, and will be opened by the Lord Mayor of Sheffield.

“I've never organised anything on this scale before,” added Becki.

“But the fact it’s for Macmillan is spurring me on, as it's a charity very close to my heart, as I know it is to many others. My grandad died from pancreatic cancer in 2017 and it hit my family really hard. Macmillan is a wonderful charity and they were there to support everyone in the family every step of the way.

“We want to make this event really personal and sentimental, and there will be a programme on the day featuring a team sheet, which will include the name of each team, all of its players, and who they’re playing in memory of, along with photos.

“We want to create something really special for people to take home, and make sure everyone there on the day understands that we’re doing this for something bigger. Hopefully we’ll raise a large sum on money for this worthy cause.

“We’ve got our sights set on raising £2,000.”