The Aquatic Games is an Olympic-style youth tournament (13U, 11U) created by 5-Time Olympian & Silver Medalist Tony Azevedo.
The event brings together teams from across the globe and is designed to inspire the next generation of great water polo players. The Games offer ample opportunity for elite top-level play, but go a step beyond other youth tournaments by providing a fun, festive atmosphere complete with an Opening Ceremonies, interactive workshops, on-deck entertainment, and a medal/trophy awards finale.
The Games will be held in Long Beach California. Long Beach is regarded as the “Aquatics Capital of the USA” and has produced more Olympians than any other city in the nation. The Long Beach community will be closely involved in many aspects of the event: The famed Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach will offer free tours for participants, and local Olympians will be on deck each day to interact with the young athletes.
We expect to have hundreds of participants this year, including over 20 youth teams. Family members and coaches are also welcome to participate. We believe the Games will grow each year and become a well-known Long Beach event.
Within the next two years, Tony will incorporate swimming into the Aquatic Games. Every level of competition will also be expanded to include female teams. The Games will combine a high-level tournament with an advanced clinic (in an arena with two pools). The swim side will feature Jessica Hardy and other world-class swimmers, and the water polo front will be directed by Tony Azevedo and Adam Wright.
An Olympic-style village will be featured on the premises, replete with events, workshops and celebrity guests. Participants will room in dormitories close to this space.
The Games are positioned to become the most widely recognized and premier aquatic event in the world. Eventually they may include a wide range of aquatic sports including synchronized swimming, diving and even kite surfing. Come join us for a truly unique few days of top-level water polo and family fun!