Hunter Hurricanes import Farrel South grew up in California playing lacrosse, basketball, volleyball and soccer.
But it was water polo that eventually won the race.
"I didn't have to run," the 25-year-old American said.
"And I love the water. I'm happy whenever I'm in the water."
South will debut in a different type of water on Saturday, making his first waves in Newcastle Harbour as the Hurricanes host the first leg of their Australian Water Polo League double header against the Drummoyne Devils at Queens Wharf.
Sunday's matches, both men's and women's again, are at Lambton Pool.
South, who originally picked up the sport aged nine, said he was looking forward to the new experience outside the regular lane ropes.
"It will be the first time I've played in a harbour," he said.
"I've seen all the videos and it looks like good fun so I'm pretty excited about it.
"The guys have told me what to expect, but the main thing will be the crowd. It's quite a unique spectator spot and a really good attraction."
The utility player had always wanted to line-up overseas, particularly Australia, and arrived at the Hurricanes in 2019 via returning US import Chris Whitelegge.
The pair were coaching together last year. South, a graduate of University of California, Berkeley, was keen to go away while goalkeeper Whitelegge wanted to return to the Hunter following his maiden stint in 2017.
Approaching round three of the national league, South said he found the styles a "little bit different" between the two countries but "needed to get used to it".
The Hurricanes, who last year fell one win short of a second bronze medal, have started this campaign with three wins from four outings.
"Hopefully we can get another W or two this weekend," South said.
The men's squad remains unchanged from last weekend's back-to-back victories against the Balmain Tigers at home.
Play from 2pm on Saturday and 11am on Sunday.