When I got the opportunity to go to my first push tournament I felt a mixture of nervousness and excitement. I had no idea what to expect and was worried about how inexperienced I was. However, arriving at the tournament the WUSAC team explained everything to me, answering all my silly questions and helping me in any way they could, and all of my uneasiness disappeared. We played our first two games in the morning, playing Nottingham and York/Belfast. Despite losing 3-2 to Nottingham the team took it in their stride and were all so positive about the game, allowing us to win our second game 6-0.
After a lunch break we got back into the tournament playing a further 5 games. This is where the team really got into their element and we really started to bond. Through it all they were encouraging me with praise and some tips and tricks. Alongside this, ex-WUSAC were also cheering us on with even more praise and advice. Outside of the games you can really see the closeness of the push community, with many members of other clubs, higher divisions and referees coming to join us on poolside for chats between games.
Overall my first push tournament was a success, finishing 4th and having an extremely enjoyable experience. I came away from the tournament really excited about push, as well as having created a better bond with the team and I believe becoming a better player too, with some advice to work on at training sessions. The whole day if I had any worry or concern I could ask without feeling silly and felt a big part of the team. The team atmosphere was amazing and I truly believe that WUSAC was one of the closest teams there, and that was one of the things that made the tournament so enjoyable. My confidence has grown tenfold and I would definitely recommend everyone in the push team to take part in tournaments. It is a worry free experience, allowing you to bond with the team and improve your push skills. ( Rebecca, octopush player)