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Water Polo Canada – (OTTAWA, January 11, 2016) – The Canadian senior men’s water polo team will spend the next few weeks training in Hungary, preparing for the crucial Olympic Games Qualification Tournament (OQT) to be held in Trieste, Italy from April 3 to 10, 2016.

 

Centralized players have left the team’s national training centre in Calgary on January 7, while the other Canadians are taking a pause from their international season with European clubs in order to be reunited with their Canadian teammates for the first time since last summer.

 

Throughout the camp lasting until January 20, Canada’s national squad will train with at least four Hungarian clubs (FTC, OSC, BVSC and Miskolc). The men will be looking to work out any kinks through gameplay with a variety of opponents and to once again find their rhythm as a group.

 

“Hungary tends to play an attractive style, where good offense is appreciated more than stifling defense,” said Canadian team captain Kevin Graham, who has had an extensive career in Europe and was contracted by OSC Budapest this year. “Their style of play is quite open and quick. Being exposed to this will be beneficial to our group since getting ourselves into game speed is absolutely essential in order to be successful over the next months,” he said.

 

The trip will also allow newly-hired coach and advisor Giuseppe Porzio to get better acquainted with the athletes and to start his mandate alongside members on the team’s staff

 

In Hungary, the coaches will aim to slightly narrow down the group of 17 and make a selection for the team’s next international activity, one penultimate camp likely held in Greece, before heading down to the Olympic qualification tournament in Italy. Canada will then attempt to claim one of the four remaining spots for Rio 2016. Initial opponents for OQT will be known after the draw in Budapest, on January 23.

 

Athletes participating in the January 2016 camp in Hungary:

 

First

Last

Hometown

Position

Dusan

Aleksic

Gatineau, QC

Goaltender

Justin

Boyd

Beaconsfield, QC

Driver, right side

Nicolas

Constantin-Bicari

Repentigny, QC

Centre forward

John

Conway

Ottawa, ON

Driver, right side

Kevin

Graham

Regina, SK

Driver, left side

Matthew

Halajian

Maple Ridge, BC

Centre forward

Constantine

Kudaba

Port Coquitlam, BC

Centre check

David

Lapins

Gatineau, QC

Centre forward

Jared

McElroy

Calgary, AB

Driver, right side

Gaelan

Patterson

Vancouver, BC

Centre check

Milan

Radenovic

Toronto, ON

Goaltender

Dusan

Radojcic

Toronto, ON

Driver, left side

 

 

 

(Continued… Athletes participating in the January 2016 camp in Hungary):

 

Robin

Randall

Drinkwater, SK

Goaltender

Scott

Robinson

Calgary, AB

Driver, left side

Alec

Taschereau

Ottawa, ON

Driver, left side

George

Torakis

Calgary, AB

Centre check

Oliver

Vikalo

Calgary, AB

Centre forward

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Staff:

 

 

 

 

Position

First

Last

Hometown

Team Leader / Manager

Neil

Muir

Calgary, AB

Lead Coach

Brian

Parillo

Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QC

Consultant Coach

Giuseppe

Porzio

Naples, Italy

Coach

Andrew

Muir

Calgary, AB

Physiotherapy

Nicole

DeFillippo

Mississauga, ON

Sports Psychology

John

Dunn

Edmonton, AB

 

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For further information and interview requests, please contact:
Pascale Beaudoin, Water Polo Canada Communications, (514) 758-7472, pbeaudoin@waterpolo.ca

 

About Water Polo Canada

Water Polo Canada is the National Sport Federation and governing body for the sport of water polo in Canada.  It manages the National and Olympic Teams as well as the domestic development plan. (www.waterpolo.ca)