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About the Innisfail Hurricanes Water Polo Club

The Hurricanes Water Polo Club was formed in 2008 and is a not for profit amateur sporting club based out of the Innisfail Aquatic Center. The club offers instruction in water polo, community and competitive opportunities, and athletic training for males and females aged 6 to 17 years old. The Hurricanes are members of the Alberta Water Polo Association and governed by the bylaws of the Alberta Water Polo Association (AWPA) and Water Polo Canada.

When does the club meet?

The club practices Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Innisfail Aquatic Centre. Practices are divided into two 1-hour time periods so that younger and less experienced players have their own training sessions.


Our community club program begins in mid-September and runs through until the end of March. There will be special events throughout the year that may include social gatherings, weekend clinics / competitions as well as a year end party and awards ceremony. These will be announced on the team website and through email communications.


If your athlete is interested in competitive play, the Hurricanes will offer an affiliation with a Calgary water polo club. This will provide opportunities to play in AWPA City League and Provincial League games. It is important to note that additional fees would be required to the Calgary club as well as a commitment to attend some practices in the city.

Who is the coaching staff and board of directors?

For the 2021 season, the coaches of the Innisfail Hurricanes are Olivia Bergeron as head coach and assistant coaches(s) TBA. Please select 'Coaches' from the 'Club Information' tab to see their bio's.


The club administration is done by parent volunteers who comprise the parent executive committee and who act in conjunction with the rules and regulations of the AWPA. You will find a list of the executive committee members and their roles in the management of the club on the club website (www.hurricaneswaterpolo.ca). Any parent or legal guardian of a club member has the opportunity to be on the parent executive committee.

What does it cost?

Our standard registration fee for the 6+ month season is $441 (or $63 a month). Included in this fee is a team water polo suit and team T-shirt for each participant. If there is more than one family member registered in the club, the first athlete pays the full fee and each subsequent family member pays $413 (can also be paid monthly).

All participants are also required to pay a Water Polo Canada/Alberta Water Polo fee. This fee is $13 per athlete. Should the athlete wish to participate in provincial sanction events or wish to be affiliated with a more competitive club this fee increases to $90. Please contact the president prior to registering for this category. 

There is also a week trial period that costs $13 per athlete (only the cost of the Water Polo Canada/Alberta Water Polo fee.


Fundraising and Volunteer Obligations

As with any youth sport program, we do our best to fundraise. The Club will undertake various fundraising initiatives throughout each water polo season. This may include bottle collection nights, raffles, or a fundraiser sale. All families are expected to participate in club fundraising initiatives. 

The Club also requires each family to volunteer throughout the season on a few game nights (scorekeeping, running clock, etc.). The volunteer positions require no training and allow family to learn more about the sport of water polo. Details to be discussed at the parent meeting at the beginning of the season.  

A $200 Fundraising and Volunteer Bond cheque will be required at the beginning of the year. This will be returned to you at the conclusion of season if all fundraising and volunteer requirements are met.

Casino Fundraiser

We have also been fortunate enough to be on the Alberta Lotteries approved list for casino fundraisers. Generally, we are awarded a casino about every 3 years. The casino is crucial to the operations of the club and allow us to offer this great sport to the community at a very reasonable cost.

Again, all families must pitch in and take at least one shift at the casino. In years that we have a casino, an additional Casino Bond Cheque will be collected in the amount of $250. This cheque will be returned to you at the following the casino if volunteer requirements are met.

In 2021, we have been awarded a casino in November.

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