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Water Polo Canada – (OTTAWA, Wednesday, July 6, 2016) – Water Polo Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Justin Oliveira as Director of High Performance to oversee the whole of its men’s and women’s programs.

A long-time member and contributor within the Canadian water polo community, Oliveira has served as Lead Coach and Team Leader for the Women’s Senior National Team program since September 2015. In this role, he instigated and maintained successful working relationships with many of the federation’s high performance partners, including Sport Canada, OTP, INS Quebec, CSI network, COC, CAC and several others.


Since 2010, Oliveira has been involved in various coaching roles with the Senior Women’s National Team. He was an integral part of the coaching team for two (2) Pan American Games (2011, 2015), two (2) Olympic Games Qualification Tournaments (2012, 2016), three (3) World Championships (2011, 2013, 2015), six (6) World League Super Finals (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016) and during countless international competitions held all around the world.


 “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to build upon the work completed by my predecessor, Roger Archambault, and to work on developing and nurturing a High Performance environment conducive to producing world-class athletes.” said Oliveira. “It is a tremendous honour to be given this responsibility, and I look forward to leading and collaborating with our Water Polo Canada community and with partners inside the Canadian sport system to tackle any obstacles in our way,” he continued.


“Justin Oliveira has risen to the top of a group of very strong candidates that came forward to fill this HPD position. He impressed the hiring committee with his determination and capacity to develop and contribute as a professional within the Canadian sport system. Also, through the many challenges encountered by the women’s program in the past years, Justin has truly been a rock of stability and loyalty for the athletes and for his colleagues. He has shown great planning abilities, excellent management skills and a clear vision. When combining this with outstanding technical and human qualities, we have in Justin what seems like a perfect fit for our programs at this stage,” said Water Polo Canada Executive Director, Martin Goulet.

In promoting Oliveira, the water polo national federation shows its trust and confidence in the next generation of leaders and athletes from the Canadian water polo community. With the new High Performance Director having held the position of Age Group Technical Lead for many years (2010-2015), the federation will be well positioned to further develop the next group of men and women’s water polo athletes.

An ardent advocate and promoter of the sport, Oliveira officially started his coaching career as a club coach with Dollard-des-Ormeaux in 2004 and went on to lead provincial teams and win national championships with his squad, earning a Most Valuable Coach along the way.


A bachelor from Concordia University in Montreal, Oliveira has always been driven to further his knowledge and skills and completed the NCCP Advanced Coaching Diploma in 2013 along with the NCCP level III and IV levels in 2013 and 2014. In 2015, Oliveira undertook a graduate certificate program in High Performance Coaching & Technical Leadership from the University of British Columbia, thus confirming his focus and passion for high performance management.


“Justin has a unique knowledge of our system and of the individuals that make up our Olympic pipeline. We are convinced that he has both the knowledge and the right attitude to bridge the gaps where needed in our programs. We are excited to bring him up through the ranks and look forward to supporting him in the exciting, challenging years of the next quadrennial,” said Martin Goulet.

Justin Oliveira is taking over the High Performance Director position effective immediately. The Water Polo Canada HPD will set up his principal office within the facilities of the Institut national du sport du Québec in Montreal, where the women’s national training center is also located. Oliveira will also spend time at the men national training center in Calgary, at the federation’s national head office in Ottawa and will travel as required by his new role.




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Pascale Beaudoin, Water Polo Canada Communications. (514) 758-7472 or


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Water Polo Canada (WPC) is the National Sport Organization for Water Polo in Canada.  It is a not-for-profit, charitable organization operating under a Board of Directors elected by provincial/territorial members. Its purpose is to nationally lead the growth and the pursuit of excellence for the sport of water polo while respecting the following set of values: Accountability, Commitment, Equity, Innovation, Integrity and Teamwork. Water Polo Canada acknowledges the support of the Government of Canada and of other partners such as Own the Podium, the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Sport Institutes network and the Coaching Association of Canada