Underwater hockey makes a splash

The Dar underwater hockey team challenged their Kigali counterpart in Rwanda over the weekend. Photo: Hannah Jane

Underwater hockey is making a splash in the region: the Dar underwater hockey team challenged their Kigali counterparts in Rwanda over the weekend and hope to include teams in Kampala and Nairobi soon. Photo: Hannah Jane

If holding your breath and playing hockey underwater sounds like your cup of tea, then the Dar Underwater Hockey Team is looking for you.

“It is an excellent way of keeping fit, it is fun and a good way to meet people,” says captain Tom Bishop.

“We want to promote the sport among African Tanzanians,” says Bishop.

Last weekend, the team challenged their counterparts in Kigali, where many of the players were competitive swimmers or students who appreciated the cross-training aspect of the sport.

“We are aiming to develop relationships with clubs in Kampala and Nairobi, to invite them to play in Dar es Salaam and to take them on in their local pools.”

Underwater hockey, also known as octopush, involves moving a puck along the bottom of a swimming pool with a ‘pusher’ into the opposing team’s goal.

For more information, contact Tom Bishop at 0715 461 322.

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Daniel Hayduk

Daniel is Dar Post’s news director. When not in the newsroom, he spends his days helping NGOs across the continent find their creative side.