Shark-attack manplayed for Jaws

Kalgoorlie Miner
Shark attack at Blackwall Reach in Bicton. Victim Cameron Wrathall. Also referred to as Cam Wrathall.
Camera IconShark attack at Blackwall Reach in Bicton. Victim Cameron Wrathall. Also referred to as Cam Wrathall. Credit: Facebook

As one of the few former players of the sport of water polo left in town, it is appropriate that, on behalf of the Goldfields Amateur Water Polo Association, the contribution of the now famous Cameron Wrathall be recognised.

As your readers will be aware, Cameron had the misfortune to be bitten by a bull shark in the Swan River recently and sustained life-threatening injuries.

Fortunately, he is making a good recovery.

Cameron’s parents Jill and Jim Wrathall were stalwarts of many community organisations in town when Cam and his siblings were growing up, particularly in the arts.

My recollection is Cam started his local water polo career with a team called Jaws. Readers will make of that what they will.

KAL-POLO 16/11/98 MG N/S DOLPHIN'S CAMERON WRATHALL (5) LOOKS FOR SUPPORT DURING LAST SUNDAY'S A GRADE MEN'S WATER POLO CLASH WITH THE UNDER 21S AT THE OLYMPIC POOL.
Camera IconKAL-POLO 16/11/98 MG N/S DOLPHIN'S CAMERON WRATHALL (5) LOOKS FOR SUPPORT DURING LAST SUNDAY'S A GRADE MEN'S WATER POLO CLASH WITH THE UNDER 21S AT THE OLYMPIC POOL. Credit: Picture:

As Cam developed as a player, he represented the Goldfields in the State Water Polo League for many seasons.

He also regularly played for the Goldfields at country week.

Cam developed into an excellent player. He was a fierce but fair competitor in a game where as much “activity” goes on underwater as does above the waterline.

I suspect the shark that attacked Cam was lucky it came from the deep with no warning of its presence.

It would have found that Cam would have given as good as he got if it had been an even fight.

After Cam left the Goldfields, he spent many years at the Melville Water Polo Club.

Their club pool is near Blackwall Reach, Bicton, where the attack took place.

Apart from being a great player, Cam was an integral part of the association.

He was always at the pool early to set up for games; was one of the last to leave after competitions and training, was constantly helping youngsters and newcomers develop their skills, and was always willing to umpire.

All sports need contributors such as Cameron. It is probably not a coincidence the sport of water polo declined to the point of non-existence after he left town.

On behalf of all former Goldfields water polo players and the wider community, I wish Cameron a speedy recovery and trust his injuries won’t keep him out of the water for any longer than is absolutely necessary.

Bill McKenzie, Kalgoorlie

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