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Water Polo Canada announces Canada Cup squad

Gatineau, November 14, 2013- Water Polo Canada is pleased to announce the composition of its team for the 2013 edition of the women's water polo Canada Cup to be held at the Centre Sportif de Gatineau, in Quebec, from December 2 to 8.


The group of fourteen (14) athletes includes nine (9) members of the squad who competed at the World Aquatic Championships in Barcelona in 2013, including Olympian Christine Robinson (Athens 2004) and team captain Krystina Alogbo, from Montreal. The group also includes five newcomers from national age group programs, the youngest of which, Hayley McKelvey, from British Columbia, is just 17 years old.

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Canada will face the national teams of the United States and Australia during the weeklong tournament in December. The event is an important element of preparation for other major international competitions on the way to the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016, and in the shorter term, the next continental qualification tournament held in mid-December for a berth in the FINA World Cup in Summer 2014.

 

The following athletes have been selected for the 2013 Canada Cup :

 

Name

 

Position

Hometown

Canadian Club

Age

PSO

1

Jessica

Gaudreault

Goalkeeper

Ottawa, ON

Capital Wave

19

OWP

2

Nicola

Colterjohn

Goalkeeper

Hamilton, ON

Hamilton

21

OWP

3

Krystina

Alogbo

Centre

Rivière-des-Prairies, QC

CAMO

27

FWPQ

4

Katrina

Monton

Centre

Dorval, QC

DDO

26

FWPQ

5

Carmen

Eggens

Centre

Pitt Meadows, BC

Pacific Storm

25

BCWP

6

Christine

Robinson

Centre defender

Lachine, QC

DDO

29

BCWP

7

Kindred

Paul

Centre defender

Edmonton, AB

Calgary Renegades

17

FWPQ

8

Cara

Robinson

Centre defender

Calgary, AB

Calgary Renegades

19

AWPA

9

Hayley

McKelvey

Centre defender

Delta, BC

Pacific Storm

17

BCWP

10

Joelle

Bekhazi

Attacker

Pointe-Claire, QC

DDO

26

FWPQ

11

Stephanie

Valin

Attacker

Montréal, QC

DDO

26

FWPQ

12

Monika

Eggens

Attacker

Pitt Meadows, BC

Pacific Storm

22

FWPQ

13

Sophie

Baron LaSalle

Attacker

Montréal, QC

CAMO

23

FWPQ

14

Shae

Fournier

Attacker

Winnipeg, MB

Winnipeg

21

MWPA

 

 

High Performance Director:        Pat Oaten

Head Coach:                             Guy Baker

Assistant coaches:                    Kim Everist, Joanne Begin and Justin Oliveira

Team manager:                         Laurence Melançon

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Source :

Water Polo Canada, Communications: Pascale Beaudoin Tel: 514-758-7472 or pbeaudoin@waterpolo.ca

 

Gatineau will host the women’s water polo canada cup 2013

 

Gatineau, November 14, 2013.– Ville de Gatineau and Water Polo Canada are jointly announcing that the Women’s Water Polo’s Canada Cup will be held in Gatineau for the very first time, from December 2 to 8, 2013 at the Gatineau sports centre. This international meet will involve three high-calibre teams representing Canada, the United States and Australia.

 

“Not only will it provide an incredible showcase for Gatineau, but the Women’s Water Polo’s Canada Cup will give Gatineau residents the opportunity to become more familiar with this sport, and will spark the interest of future athletes. Thus, Gatineau is pleased to support this major sports event by contributing goods and services assessed at more than $15,000,” indicated Gatineau Mayor Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin.

 

“Since being included as an Olympic sport in 2000, women’s water polo has quickly enlisted new amateurs around the world, and we are delighted with the thought of holding an international level meet in Gatineau in December,” indicated Water Polo Canada Executive Director Martin Goulet. “Spectators will have a chance to discover the things that make our sport so appealing: strategy, agility, endurance and teamwork. We can expect some very interesting performances by the teams taking part in this year’s Canada Cup.”

 

Water Polo’s Canada Cup is one of the main water polo competitions in Canada. This fifth edition (2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013) will be the first to take place outside of Montréal. The meet is one of the steps in the Canadian team’s preparation to qualify for the FINA World Cup 2014 in Russia in the summer of 2014, and one more step towards the dream of competing in the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

 

Since opening in 2010, the sports centre has hosted close to 60 international, national and provincial competitions, including more than 15 in 2013.

 

For information about upcoming sports meets in Gatineau, consult www.gatineau.ca/calendriersportif.

 

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Published by:  Service des communications

Sources:           Service des communications

                        819-595-7171

                        medias@gatineau.ca

 

Water Polo Canada

Pascale Beaudoin

Director of Communications

613-748-5682, extension 328

pbeaudoin@waterpolo.ca