LITTLE ROCK – Former UALR water polo standout Simon Gould will be inducted into the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Hall of Fame, CWPA commissioner Dan Sharidin announced on Tuesday (Nov. 26).
“I am very happy to know that Simon has been selected for induction into the Collegiate Water Polo Association Hall of Fame,” former UALR water polo coach Richard Turner said. “This honor is a reflection of not only his considerable individual skills, but also for the achievements of his team during an incredible period for UALR water polo.
“Simon’s achievements are unprecedented among UALR student-athletes, and I could not be more proud to have coached such an outstanding young man.”
Gould played water polo for the Trojans under Turner from 1986-1990. He was a two-time All-American, helping UALR to finish seventh in the nation in 1988 and eighth in the country in 1989. He was a four-time Southern Water Polo Conference Championship Most Valuable Player (1987-1990), also earning Most Valuable Player recognition at the 1988 NCAA Eastern Intercollegiate Water Polo Championships while helping the Trojans capture the tournament championship.
He was the top goal scorer in three of his four seasons playing at UALR.
Following his career with the Trojans, Gould went on to play internationally with the Australian Water Polo Team in 45 international games from 1984-1994. He helped Australia finish fourth at the World University Games in 1991 and was the highest goal scorer in the tournament for the Australians. Gould also participated with the Australian National Team at the games in 1993 and was a prospective member for the 1992 Australian Water Polo Team for the Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain.
During his playing career, Gould also played for the West Water Polo Club from 1992-1994, which finished second in the Australia National League Water Polo Championships in 1993 and 1994.
While successful in the pool, Gould also excelled academically at UALR as he received the Scholar-Athlete Award for Academic Excellence and Sporting Achievement from 1987-89. He graduated in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in health education and science. After his time at UALR, he received a Bachelor of Education from the University of Canberra in 1994 and a Master of Education from the University of Sydney in 1998. Gould went on to receive his Graduate Diploma in business from the Victoria University of Technology in 2003.
For his athletic successes, Gould was inducted into the Albury/Wodonga Sporting Hall of Fame in 1996 and received recognition from the University of Canbarra Sports Association in 1993.
Gould also has a distinguished coaching career to his credit. He began coaching for The Scot College water polo team in Sydney, Australia (1996-98), leading the team to the New South Wales Independent Schools Invitational Championship. He also served as Junior/Senior Water Polo Coach at Footscray Water Polo Club in Melbourne (2001-06) and Open and Junior Water Polo Coach at Loreto Mandeville Hall in Melbourne (2002-03), while leading the Ovens & Murray Water Polo Association to the 2001 New South Wales Country Districts title in 2001.