23 Mar 2017

Thursday 23 March 2017

Recent Old Collegian Jasmin Kolasinac (Major, 2016) has been named NZ Men’s Water Polo Player of the Year at the inaugural New Zealand Water Polo Awards held on Saturday 18 March. 

Jasmin Kolasnic

Jasmin, an international exchange student to King’s, continues to support the King’s community with volunteer coaching of our Premier team and continued mentorship of our aquatic athletes, both in and out of the water.

On top of this tremendous achievement, he has also been awarded a water polo scholarship to Wagner College in the USA.

Jasmin says he is extremely honoured to have his efforts recognised at a National level. "I just enjoy playing, it makes happy. If people choose to pay attention and recognise the work I do, that's awesome too." 

He's thankful for the oppotunities he had on offer at King's and makes note of the amazing Homestay family he had during his time here.

"The Parker Allens are a wonderful family and have adopted me as their Serbian son. The support I received at King's makes me want to use my skills to repay the College, so I am assisting with training the King's Premier team until I move to the USA."

Jasmin made headlines in 2016 when he put his Olympic dream on hold to play water polo and better his English in his final year of high school at King’s College.

Whilst at King’s, Jasmin scored more than 100 goals for our Premier team and helped lead them to the regional finals, as well as their first top 5 placing in the national schoolboys competition. The squad also won their first medal in the Auckland Secondary Schools competition and their first medal in an international tournament at secondary school level. Not only did Jasmin excel at water polo but he was also the College's 50m and 100m freestyle champion for that year. 

Head of Aquatics at King’s, Jim Floerchinger says he was thrilled to be there when Jasmin won the NZ Men’s Water Polo player of the Year.

“Jasmin is such a great ambassador for the sport, both in New Zealand as a whole, and at King’s. He always applied himself fully to his studies and was able to maximize his King’s experience. We couldn’t have asked for a more hard-working athlete.”

Jim Floerchinger was also named runner up for Coach of the Year at the Awards.