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07.11.2013
Canadian men’s water polo team announced for World Championships


Ottawa, July 11, 2013
– Water Polo Canada has confirmed its roster for the men’s tournament at the upcoming FINA World Championships to be held in Barcelona, Spain, from July 19 to August 4, 2013. The selected group includes Olympians Justin Boyd, Devon Diggle, Kevin Graham, Constantine Kudaba and Robin Randall (Beijing 2008). A large proportion of the team also played at the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai, where Canada’s men finished 10th.


“Even though the group is young by international standards, the team has an established core who knows what to expect,” said head coach Alex Beslin. “We are also introducing some younger guys as we keep looking for ways to move our group of athletes to the next level.”

The men left Calgary on June 8 for a final training camp in Serbia ahead of the World Championships. The last weeks were dedicated to intense preparations, with the team undergoing a training camp in Montenegro in early June and then hosting their Serbian counterparts later in the month in Alberta.

"We only get to really measure ourselves against the best every few years,” said Beslin. “These games are critical in order to measure our progress, make sure we are on track and continue to move upward.” Beslin, a Calgary resident, will experience his first Worlds as head coach of the Canadians and will be assisted by Brian Parillo from Montreal.

The following athletes have been selected for the 2013 FINA World Championships:

Athlète Age
 Hometown  Canadian Club Affiliation
Robin Randall
33
 Drinkwater, SK  Team Saskatchewan
Constantine Kudaba
26
 Port Coquitlam
 Pacific Storm               
Devon Diggle          
25
 Montreal  Dollard
Nicolas Constantin-Bicari
21  Repentigny  CAMO
Justin Boyd
24  Beaconsfield  Dollard
Scott Robinson
22  Calgary  Calgary Torpedoes
John Conway
21  Ottawa  Ottawa Titans
Kevin Graham
27  Regina  Regina Squids
Dusan Radojcic
20  Toronto  Scarborough Shadows
Luka Gasic
21  Dubrovnik,CRO
 Laval WP Club
Oliver Vikalo
21  Calgary  Calgary Torpedoes
Jared Mcelroy
22  Calgary  Calgary Torpedoes
Ivan Marcisin
23  Hamilton, ON
 Hamilton Aquatic Club
Alec Taschereau
19
 Ottawa  Ottawa Titans

The Canadians will meet South Africa (RSA) on Monday, July 22, at 12:10 p.m. (local time in Barcelona) in their first match of the preliminary round at the 2013 FINA World Championships in Barcelona.

They will subsequently face Croatia (July 24) and the U.S.A. (July 26), in the competition’s Group B, while looking to secure a spot in the quarterfinals.

Schedule and details on www.fina.org



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