FINA Waterpolo champonships headed for Perth

Western Australia will host the under 18s FINA World Junior Men's and Women's Water Polo Championships in 2012. Thirty-six junior water polo teams from 20 countries such as New Zealand, Canada, USA, Italy and South Africa are expected to compete.

This is the first time that a men's and women's championship will be held at the same time and in the same location. In the past they have been two separate events.

The water polo championships are expected to attract more than 1,300 interstate and international visitors. The under 18's FINA World Junior Men's and Women's Water Polo Championships will be held in December 2012 at the Challenge Stadium in Perth. The main indoor arena holds 4,500 people

Western Australia has previously hosted FINA events including the 1991 and 1998 FINA Swimming World Championships and more recently the 2008 FINA World Masters