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The Argentine Open introduce a female category

Veronica Guerrero: President of the Subcommittee of Female Polo

August 30, 2017
August 30, 2017
There is much anticipation surrounding the upcoming Argentine spring season, but there is one thing in particular that has us very excited: the growth of female polo. Over the last few years, female polo has undergone a crucial growth spurt; this year, however, will be particularly special. On November 21, the Argentine Open will introduce a female category. The tournament will be open, with no handicap limit - something female players have been campaigning to achieve for a while. But the best thing about the tournament is that the final will be played on December 2, prior to the men’s Open final. A perfect platform!

In order to continue growing and innovating, the Argentine Polo Association (AAP) has formed a new Subcommittee of Female Polo, composed by the following professionals: Verónica Guerrero (President), Mumy Bellande, Clelia Crespo, Lía Salvo, Verónica Magnasco and Milo Fernández Araujo.

Verónica Guerrero, the brilliant leader of the subcommittee, spoke to PoloLine about what’s to come. "We are committed to promoting female polo, strengthening its values, and making it grow as a whole. We are very excited about the challenges ahead. Our aim is to improve the level of polo, motivate new players to join, encourage and support them, and create partnerships with businesses. There is much to be done, and we can’t wait to get started.”

What are the most positive aspects about there being a Female Argentine Open? 

It opens a huge door which can lead to new opportunities, new alliances and developments. It is a huge incentive for female players, a tangible goal and a fantastic platform for them. The support of the AAP fills us with pride, because it shows their commitment to female polo, to its quality, professionalism, and potential.

What does it mean for female polo that the final be played prior to the mens Open final?

It is a unique opportunity. We value the work done so far, and we invest in future growth. It is also a great opportunity for top international players to come over. On an international scale, female polo is very good, and we want them to be part of the Argentine Open, since it would be a great platform for them, too. It will be a historic moment, playing in the Cathedral of Polo, where so many greats have played. It will be a turning point in female polo history. 

"The Female Open will be played on November 21, 24 and 28 in Pilar, and the final will be played on December 2, prior to the final of the traditional Open,” add Guerrero. "Players with a minimum handicap of 4 goals will be allowed to participate, with teams of at least 16 goals. It is sure to be an attractive sporting event; we also look for discipline, respect and fair play (prize included). We believe in highlighting the values of the sport and creating role models for future generations."

How important is it having the support of the AAP?

It is exciting and prepares us for the challenges ahead. We aspire to have the best level of polo in the world, promote female polo as a whole, support clubs around the country,  and encourage team values on and off the field. The strong support of the AAP keeps us going. 

To conclude the interview, Guerrero describes some of the Argentine and international players who have confirmed their participation in the historic event: "Several world class players will be competing, such as Paola Martínez, Lía Salvo, Nina Clarkin, Hazel Jackson, Mumy Bellande, Annabel McNaught Davis and Sarah Wiseman, among others, as well young up-and-coming players like Milagros and Candelaria Fernández Araujo, Mía Cambiaso, Mía Novillo Astrada and Clara Cassino."