Hi everyone, I’m Matt, the push (short for Octopush, also known as underwater hockey) captain. I started playing push in my first year at university and have pretty much committed my life to it since then. I played other sports before, but push is honestly just my thing and I’m real glad I gave it a go. Last year I trialled for the GB team, along with a bunch of other Warwick alumni, so we’re a really great club to join if you’re looking to get into high level sport. Equally, you can just turn up a couple times a term and play a game with us - it’s definitely great for fitness and you get to tell people about that weird sport you played while you were at university too. It’s totally unique and the whole community is extremely friendly, anywhere you play there’ll be plenty of people to help you out and give you advice. Warwick sessions in particular are aimed at beginners, and we’ve got loads of opportunities for you to get stuck in to friendlies and mini tournaments with no pressure at all, plus we can lend you all the kit, so it’s a great, cheap, beginners sport. I’d love to see you in the pool soon! - Matt (Octopush Officer)
Hi everyone, it’s Harriet, the push tours officer. In honour of national coming out day last week, I wanted to tell y’all a little bit about my personal experience within WUSAC in particular. For those that don’t know, I’m bi, and pretty open about it. However, no matter how open anyone is about their sexuality, it’s inevitable that you do have to come out over and over again whenever you meet new people - it’s never just once! Even this post is a sort of coming out, since there may well be people reading this that I haven’t already told. Each time you come out is a different experience and has different intensity levels - for example telling your parents, flatmates and work colleagues are all different situations, and some are much scarier than others. Coming out to WUSAC was one of the easiest ways I’ve done it. There are enough people in the club who are open about not being straight that it always felt very inclusive and safe, so when I mentioned I was bi, no one even skipped a beat, it was just like okay cool and everyone moved on - which is just the reaction I like to receive. WUSAC aren’t bothered if you’re not straight, they just want you to enjoy being underwater and being a part of the club.
Not all coming out stories are as easy as that one, so this is just a reminder that no matter where you are in your coming out journey (whether you’ve come out a thousand times or never at all), you’re part of a community that respects and supports you, and you’re not alone. - Harriet
Hey readers, I’m Ollie and I'm currently the Diving Officer for WUSAC. I have been in the club for 4yrs and have moved up the ranks to where I am now. Prior to joining university, I had only dived a few times while on holiday, so finding a university club which let me continue my diving experience was great! Since joining I have been on 1 international diving trip to Tenerife with a group of 8 of us, we went there for a week and dived 11 times (including 1 night dive!) Being a part of the club has been a great experience, it has allowed me to meet new friends, expand my diving qualification and dive to new places which I hadn’t been to before, with new places still to go to! -- Ollie (Diving Officer)