Wade Ackermann started at St Andrew’s College in March 2015 and as soon as he arrived he was already making serious waves in the water polo pool. He has accumulated 52 caps for the Blues already, he has been selected for 3 tournament sides since arriving at College and won attacker of the tournament.
In 2016 Wade was a part of the St Andrews water polo team and starting 7 that won the Vides shield water polo tournament in East London, where he was named attacker of the tournament.
Wade has represented Eastern Province in water polo since 2012 and has subsequently made the provincial A team ever since.
In 2015, Wade was chosen to represent the E.P u18A water polo team at the national Currie Cup tournament held in Durban. This team went on to win a gold medal at the tournament and Wade featured heavily throughout the tournament and the final, scoring crucial goals and stepping up when needed.
In October 2015 Wade, as a 16 year old, was invited to attend the SA u18 water polo trials in Cape Town. After 3 days of gruelling cuts and trials, Wade just missed out on being selected.
In 2016 Wade attended a number of South African water polo camps and trials and has recently been selected into the South African u18 team who will participate in a tri-nations tournament in New Zealand in December. There he will play against Australia and New Zealand and thus earn his junior national colours.
Wade has shown incredible dedication to his school and to water polo. He has proven repeatedly that he is one of the best players in the country in his age group. Wade has also on numerous occasion worked with and coached some of Colleges junior water polo players. He has given up his own time and given back many hours to College water polo. Wade was selected as the best junior water polo player in the Province by Nelson Mandela Bay Aquatics and was selected into the tournament team at the 2016 SACS tournament in Cape Town.
Wade’s record speaks for itself, and he has proven that he deserves to be considered amongst the top water polo players in the country. He is a most deserving recipient of an Honours Award for Water Polo.