Lance's Journal: Basketball Meets Bumper Boats, Sept. 20

You're probably familiar with kayak's and you've probably heard of polo, but have you ever heard of kayak polo?

It's an exciting water sport that's making waves in it's first year in Lincoln.

David Jane doesn't understand why people don't think Nebraska is a great place to kayak. This 33-year old Lincoln native says the Cornhusker State is an excellent place to hit the water and he's dead set on spreading his enthusiasm for kayak polo with his fellow Nebraskans.

Last year, Jane started up the Lincoln Kayak Polo Club, because it blends two of his favorite passions in life, "I love to be active, be outside active, and I love kayaking, so this combines all those things into one."

Kayak polo is a very beginner-friendly sport. Jane says it's essentially bumper boats meets basketball. One player passes to the other. Player shoots, player scores, "Primarily, it's a lot of fun. There's a bit of adventure, a bit of thrill to it."

Jane says there's also a strong sense of community "The people are all great. Since it's not a league like most leagues per se, where you have teams playing every week against teams, it switches so it makes it more social experience. I love to be competitive to a certain point but to not have to worry about winning and losing is perfect."

And it's fun for all ages. From Julia Ficke at 10 years old, "I really like being in the water and I'm pretty competitive so this is a good sport for me." To Duke Engle at 60 years old, "We all have something to teach each other. That experienced young person may teach someone a lot.

As for Kelly Madigan Erlandson, this sport really floats her boat, "I'm just totally excited about kayak polo because I've never played a team sport before and never really dreamed I would. I'm 48 years old. So to be able to come out to the lake or all winter long to be able to go to a swimming pool and play this really active fun sport with a lot of crazy people, it's been totally exciting to me."

The weather will soon be turning cooler but that doesn't mean it's time to stow away the kayak's for the winter.

David says the indoor kayak polo season will soon begin at the Prairie Life Fitness Center pool at 70th & A in Lincoln.

For more information about joining the club call David Jane at (402) 326-6034 or go to http://lincolnkayakpolo.com


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