Congratulations to Trinity student Lucy Bullock who has recently signed a letter of intent to play water polo for San Diego State University from next season. Lucy has been offered a sports scholarship to study Psychology there for four years.
Lucy has been playing water polo since she was 12 and says, “I got into water polo because I did competitive swimming and wanted a change that focused more on teamwork. I loved how it gave me the opportunity to work in a team and combine ball skills from netball with swimming, which were my two favourite sports.”
Trinity has a formidable reputation in competitive school water polo, under the expert guidance of Mr King (Head of Aquatics and former Great Britain water polo player), with the boys’ teams currently through to a number of national finals. The school has fielded a girls’ team since 2015/16 and have qualified for the National Final (Top 6 Schools in the country) three times, winning a bronze in 2016/17. After joining school in the Lower Sixth in 2021, Lucy was thrilled to get a girls’ water polo team together again, giving students in that year the opportunity to participate and compete in a different sport. As she had a lot of experience in water polo, Lucy was the driving force behind the team, offering tips and advice as they entered competitions.
Outside of school, Lucy’s skills really shine as a member of the Great Britain Junior and Senior Squad. She says, “I play with Otter Swimming and Water Polo Club and have been playing with them since I started. We have won national competitions and are playing in U19 nationals in a few weeks where we hope to come away with a medal.
“Water polo has allowed me to travel to many countries including Portugal, Israel, Croatia and Greece. I enjoy the travelling as we always make time to explore the country we are in and experiences like playing in a pool overlooking the sea are unforgettable.”
Lucy is looking forward to the adventure ahead in San Diego, she says, “I have always wanted to go to an overseas university if I was offered the opportunity, as I love the idea of having a completely different and unique experience. The application process was long as I had to put a film together of my highlights and then reach out to the coaches and hope for a response. I learnt to be very direct about what I wanted and found that they appreciated that a lot more. I am most looking forward to experiencing a different culture and meeting new people.”
Lucy follows in the footsteps of Kathy Rogers who secured a four-year scholarship to attend the University of Michigan and, having completed her degree, is currently in her 2nd season playing professionally for Larissa in Greece.
We wish you every success in San Diego Lucy!
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