Team Canada selected for the 2016 UANA Junior Pan American Championships

Team Canada selected for the 2016 UANA Junior Pan American Championships

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Team Canada selected for the 2016 UANA Junior Pan American Championships

Water Polo Canada  – (OTTAWA, July 11, 2016) – Water Polo Canada is proud to announce the selection of athletes who will compete in the upcoming 2016 UANA Junior (19U) Water Polo Pan American Championships, held from July 14-21 at the Kinsmen Sport Complex in Edmonton, Alberta.

The event serves as official qualifying tournament for the 20U FINA World Championships, scheduled for July 2017 in Budapest, Hungary, and will feature some of the best young athletes composing the next generation of aspiring Olympians.

These Junior Pan Ams will host 11 participating teams. On the men’s side, the squads from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Puerto Rico, U.S.A. and Trinidad & Tobago will join Canada. On the women’s side, Brazil, U.S.A. and Trinidad will be in attendance, along with the Canadian team.

19U MEN’S CANADIAN NATIONAL TEAM SELECTION

Last Name

First Name

Club (Province)

Blanchard

Jérémie

Calgary Wild (AB)

D’Souza

Reuel

Pacific Storm (BC)

Fraser

Robert-Martyn

Pacific Storm (BC)

Gardijan

Aleksa

Ottawa Titans (ON)

Huang

Byron

Calgary Wild (AB)

Jones

Gareth

Pacific Storm (BC)

Joudrie

Bryant

Calgary Torpedoes (AB)

Jovanovic

Marko

Pacific Storm (BC)

Morris

Jake

Team Saskatchewan (SK)

Poliseno

Felix

CAMO (QC)

  Soleimani

Aria

Calgary Wild (AB)

Spooner

Mark

Pacific Storm (BC)

Stanic

Aleksa

Calgary Torpedoes (AB)

19U WOMEN’S CANADIAN NATIONAL TEAM SELECTION

Last Name

First Name

Club (Province)

Allin

Peggy Jean

Pacific Storm (BC)

Bakoc

Verica

York Mavericks (ON)

Campbell

Katie

Team Saskatchewan (SK)

Ceklic

Nina

Calgary Renegades (AB)

Christmas

Kyra

Calgary Renegades (AB)

Crevier

Axelle

CAMO (QC)

Guevremont

Zoe

CAMO (QC)

Hlanadif

Chayma

CAMO (QC)

Nacouzi

Joelle

Dollard (QC)

Rachid

Yasmine

CAMO (QC)

Utas

Brianna

Pacific Storm (BC)

Van Dyke

Adrien

Team Sask (SK)

Vulpisi

Clara

CAMO (QC)

Alternates:

Orlova

Viktoria

Pacific Storm (BC)

McCormick

Megan

Capital Wave (ON)

Boutrouille

Fanny

St Lambert (QC)

The last time the Junior Pan American Championships was hosted in Canada was in Montreal, in August 2012. In the 2014 UANA Junior Water Polo Pan American Championships, in Riverside, California, Canada was able to capture the bronze medal in both women’s and men’s divisions, over Puerto Rico and Argentina respectively.

QUOTES:

David Paradelo (Montreal, QC) – Women’s Age Group National Team Technical Leader:

The talent pool is wide, and permits us to have a versatile team. There are two main objectives going into the event: to develop our age group athletes in alignment with the Senior National Team’s skills and philosophies and to continually re-assess our progression in order to improve on a daily basis. These objectives will determine the success of our ultimate performance goal:  winning these Junior (19U) Pan American Water Polo Championships!

Andrew Robinson (Lachine, QC)  – 19U Women’s National Team Head Coach:

Representing Canada in Canada is special; everyone on the team has travelled this distance to play before, and there is a familiarity and comfort with playing at home. We will have the home crowd on our side, the Edmonton fans have proven to be loud and will come out in full force, and we’re looking forward to similar support at this event. We are really looking forward to representing Canada at home.

Andrew Muir (Calgary, AB) – Men’s Age National Team Technical Leader:

We are embracing the high expectations for this team. The athletes amongst themselves are focused on a gold medal but they know that it won’t come easy. We are hungry but are also well aware that there are very strong competitors in the Americas.

It is something special to be able to compete on your own soil and I hope that we can draw energy from that experience in some crucial moments. As long as we stay present, our fitness, talent and experience should translate well and put us in a good position, come the playoffs and medal round.

Nikola Maric (Vancouver, B.C.) – 19U Men’s National Team Head Coach:

We are very fortunate to be hosting the 19U Pan Ams and I think it will be a great motivator for our guys. We believe in the system that we have put forward and we are training extra hard to make our country proud. I hope that this international event also raises awareness in Edmonton for the sport of water polo!

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