Rain or shine, twice a week, women ages 19-61 dive into Burgess Pool to play water polo. The Menlo Mavens is a Masters women’s water polo team that includes players with a wide range of experience and ability levels, from first-time athletes to veteran players.
Practices are fun, diverse, inclusive, and supportive. In addition to skill-building and great exercise, the workouts have fostered a close community of women. When asked why she started the group, Leslie Platshon said: “I grew up as a tomboy without sports. When the opportunity presented itself 40 years later, I started Menlo Mavens so I could finally be part of a team. It’s an experience beyond my wildest dreams from working out to camaraderie to competition — and the opportunity to know so many different athletic women in all stages of life.”
Added Peggy Prop, who joined the team two years ago:“The coach and players are incredibly supportive of all ability levels. I’ve learned so much about water polo, am inspired to stay fit, and have made new friends from all walks of life.”
In the past year the group has celebrated and supported teammates through marriages, babies, work changes, and family transitions. Along the way, they have won a few tournaments as well. All women are welcome and anyone interested in learning more should visit the Mavens website for more information.
Photos by Irene Searles