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Water Polo Canada – (Ottawa, ON – August 18 2017) – Water Polo Canada coaching staff has announced the 14 player roster that will travel to Greece in preparation for the upcoming FINA World Women’s Junior Water Polo Championships taking place September 3-9 2017 in Volos, Greece. The official 13 player roster will be released September 2nd.

The Canadian women have qualified for this international event by finishing first at 2016 Junior Pan American Championships in Edmonton, Alberta last summer. Team Canada’s roster features many experienced players as some of the athletes who competed earlier this summer at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. In 2015, the Canadian women finished just off the podium, losing to Russia in the bronze medal match. Canada will be looking to improve from their 2015 performance and will now focus on coming together as a team in their last weeks of preparation.

“Selection camp went well, we are happy with how the athletes prepared for the camp and how they held themselves, competed and learned to play the system throughout the selection process. We are now focused on our preparation in advance of the World Championships.  This is a crucial time for us to continue to improve leading up to the World Championships and come together as a team” said Andrew Robinson, Head Coach of the 20U Women’s National Team.

Travel list

Name

Club

Hometown

Emily Aikema

Fraser valley

Abbotsford, British Columbia

Peggy Jean Allin

Island Water Polo

Victoria, British Columbia

Nina Ceklic

Calgary Renegades

Calgary, Alberta

Kyra Christmas

Calgary Renegades

High River, Alberta

Axelle Crevier

CAMO

Montréal, Québec

Emma Fraser

Edmonton Tsunami

Victoria, British Columbia

Rachel Jaffe

Toronto

Toronto, Ontario

Myriam Lizotte

CAMO

Gatineau, Québec

Blaire McDowell

Team Saskatchewan

Regina, Saskatchewan

Maria Eleni Mimides

DDO

Long Beach State, California

Joelle Nacouzi

DDO

Montréal, Québec

Brianna Utas

Pacific Storm

Abbotsford, British Columbia

Adrien Van Dyke

Team Saskatchewan

Regina, Saskatchewan

Clara Vulpisi

CAMO

Montréal, Québec

 

Head Coach: Andrew Robinson

Assistant Coach: Brooke Zimmerman

Assistant Coach: Haris Pavlidis

Manager: Laurence Melançon

Canada will compete in group C alongside Italy, Serbia and Slovakia. Canada will start its tournament against Slovakia, September 3 at 4:00 pm local/ 10:00 am ET. See below a complete schedule.  For more information, please visit the event website .

Schedule         

September 3 vs Slovakia, 4:00 pm local/ 10:00 am ET

September 4 vs Italy, 11:40 am local/ 5:40 am ET

September 5 vs Serbia, 10:20 am local/4:20 am ET

September 6 vs TBD (crossover)

September 7 vs TBD (Quarterfinals)

September 8 vs TBD (Semifinals)

September 9 vs TBD (Finals)

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For further information, please contact:

Mylène Turcotte-Fitzgerald, Water Polo Canada Communications (613) 748-5682 x 325, mfitzgerald@waterpolo.ca