Something new

If you are willing to live spontaneously, life is a continuing adventure.

We have friends who live in Malibu.  He’s American, she is Indonesian and we visited them once while they lived in Bali.  Today they called; their daughter was competing in the Junior Olympics Water Polo Championships, being held at Stanford.  Naturally, we piled into the car and headed off to see it.

Angie winning the tip-off

Angie winning the tip-off

Although they live in Malibu, Angie plays for Santa Barbara.  Her dad drives her the 90 minutes three times a week.  They do this because Santa Barbara is the best team in the nation, and Angie is good enough to play for the best.

Chasing down the ball.

Chasing down the ball.

These are 12 and under girls–next year she gets to move up to the 14 and under.

Look at those eye on the goal.

Look at those eye on the goal.

The game is short and fast.  There are 4 6-minute periods, and no jokes about the horses drowning.  There are 12 girls on the team, and seven of them are in the water at any one time.

The game we attended was the national Junior Olympics final.  Santa Barbara was playing the USC Trojans (which isn’t a college team, of course, but USC sponsors). The game was close, and Santa Barbara won 9-6.  Jubilation swept over the arena.

Angie and the team

Angie and the team

Wearing her gold medal.

Wearing her gold medal.

So we had an exciting time.  Our friend’s daughter won a national championship at 12, and is poised to stay on the team and win more. I learned something about water polo and got to take some fun photos.  Spontaneous is a good way to live.

 

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