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UTS Balmain Tigers Men’s Coach, Erkin Shagaev, has been appointed as Head Coach of the Russian Open Mens Team starting immediately. Former Olympic Gold Medallist and Australian Head Men’s Coach is to move to Moscow to take up the appointment next week.

Erkin won Gold as a player at Olympics, World Championships and World Cups, before moving to Australia with his family to work in the Australian Water Polo system. Balmain Chairman, Phillip Bower, although shocked at the sudden nature of the appointment wished Erkin the best for his future endeavours. “Although we are disappointed that Erkin is leaving us before the coming National League season, everyone at the Club wishes Erkin nothing but the best as he undertakes another chapter in his Water Polo Life. I have known Erkin since he first landed in Australia, love him or hate him, no one can deny Erkin’s passion and love for our great game. He has always been a champion for Water Polo in this country and Australia owes him a great debt for the Legacy he has left us. As both Senior and Junior National Men’s Coach he raised our Nation to heights that were unimaginable previously. Erkin started the NSW Intensive Training Centre something which our Institutes are now based on.

First Grade games at “Dawny “ will not be the same without Erkin and his histrionics on the side of the pool. Personally I am looking forward to Erkin leading the Russian team to Sydney one day as I have a promise from Erkin that a TIGERS V RUSSIA game at DAWNY will be on his schedule. “

About Erkin Эркин Shagaev Шагаев
European, world, Olympic champion, two times World Cup winner Чемпион Европы, мира, Олимпийских игр, двукратный обладатель Кубка мира

8 Responses to Press Release From UTS BALMAIN TIGERS

  1. Ray Mayers says:

    Best of luck Erkin I know you will have great results with the Russian team. You will be sorely missed here in Australia. Thanks for all your help and guidance over the years



  2. mark Grooby says:

    Congratulations Erkin. What an exciting prospect. All the best and I hope you can keep your blogs going. Would very much like to gain insights into the training and programs.

  3. Maurice Eames says:

    Erkin congratulations, our family wishes you all the best with your new challenge. You will be sorely missed.

    I would like to Thank You for all the time that you have dedicated to the overall improvement of Australian Water Polo covering all levels National, State & Club.

    I truly appreciated the knowledge that you passed onto myself, Corrie & Wade.

    Thank You

  4. Vaso Despotovic says:

    Hi Erkin,

    CONGRATULATIOS on your new position!!! This is wonderful news.

    I hope to see you soon in the finals of World Championships and Olympic Games (against Serbia, of course🙂 ) Stefan, myself and my family are so happy to have his first coach as a National Coach of Russia. We wish you – All the best.

    Kind Regards,

    Vaso Despotovic OAM

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