Women’s Olympic Qualifier Kicks off this Weekend
Sept. 14, 2023: Canada’s team is set to compete in the Olympic Qualification Tournament (OQT), which will take place for women’s teams from September 16 to 24, 2023.
Canada will play in Ningbo, China, in a pool with China, Serbia, Dominican Republic, Netherlands, Czechia, Mexico and Ukraine.
Each pool is played in a single round robin format and is ranked per the standard team rankings system. The top two ranked teams per pool qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
Other pools are taking place in Japan and Poland. A full list of teams is here:
Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Puerto Rico, Slovenia, Serbia, Thailand, Turkiye, Ukraine, USA.
Canada’s first match is against Netherlands on Sept. 16. Full schedule is here.
The men’s tournament is Sept. 30 to Oct. 08, with Canada also competing in China.
3 – Kiera Van Ryk, Surrey, BC
4 – Vicky Savard, Jonquière, QC
5 – Julia Murmann, Toronto, ON
6 – Jazmine White, Oshawa, ON
8 – Alicia Ogoms, Winnipeg, MB
9 – Alexa Gray, Calgary, AB
11 – Andrea Mitrovic, Mississauga, ON
13 – Brie King, Langley, BC
14 – Hilary Howe, Calgary, AB
15 – Shaïnah Joseph, Ottawa, ON
17 – Kacey Jost, St. Albert, AB
19 – Emily Maglio, Coquitlam, B.C.
21 – Avery Heppell, Langley, B.C.
26 – Quinn Pelland, Wanham, AB
Head coach: Shannon Winzer
Vincenzo Mallia – Asst. coach
Matt Krueger – Asst. coach
Kevin Valcke – Physiotherapist
Gabriele Tortorici – Statistician
Rob Hooper – IST lead
Hilary Mallinger – Physiotherapist
Roger Friesen – Mental performance coach
Julien Boucher – High performance director
Jennah Paron – Team coordinator
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