Water Polo Canada (WPC) is pleased to officially announce the professional staff that will join the Men and Women National teams’ at the 29th Summer Universiade also known as FISU Games, in Taipei City (Chinese Taipei) from August 18th -30th 2017.
The Universiade is an international sporting event that take place every two years and welcomes student-athletes from around the world. In 12 days of competition, university athletes from all over the world participate in eleven compulsory sports and three optional sports to be chosen by the host country. FISU Games represent an excellent opportunity for student-athletes and their nation to measure themselves against other teams to gain international experience. Through their motto of excellence, Universiade allows athletes to compete and to celebrate sportsmanship.
Men water polo has been part of the Summer Universiade since the beginning of the competition in 1959, it was only excluded from the FISU Games in 1975 and 1989. In terms of participation, the numbers have steadily increased from one universiade to the next. On the women side, water polo is a relatively new discipline, FISU Games introduced the tournament at the 25th Universiade in Serbia, in 2009.
In 2015, the Women’s National Team earned a silver medal, in Gwanju (South Korea). To this day, it’s the only medal won by Canada since the first women tournament started in 2009. In a classic confrontation between Australia and Canada, our women’s team lost 6-3 finishing second place. The last time the Canadian men’s participated in the water polo tournament was in 2013, in Kazan (Russia). This year will be different since two teams will represent Canada in Taipei.
In order to attend FISU Games, athletes must be between 17-27 years of age and must be currently enrolled in University and/or graduated in 2016. In a selection process that started in the fall of 2016, the National Team program invited the athletes to express their interest in participating in this event. An ongoing evaluation of the interested athletes will help determine the composition of the teams, Water Polo Canada National Team program will unveil the official rosters in June 2017. At the moment, WPC is pleased to announce the National Team’s staff that will lead the Canadian teams at FISU Games.
FISU Games – Women’s Team
FISU Games – Men’s Team
Head Coach : David Paradelo
Assistant Coach : Cora Campbell
Manager: Angela Johnson
Head Coach : Brian Parillo
Assistant Coach: Nishant Damani
Manager: George Gross Jr
FISU Women’s Head Coach, David
Paradelo thinks FISU Games represent a great opportunity for Canadian
student-athletes, “The FISU Universiades are like Olympics for students all
around the World. We are looking forward to having our best Canadian student-athletes
to represent our country at this prestigious event. With athletes being in
various places and this event being held at the end of the summer, the biggest
challenge will be to get everyone on the same page in terms of training. The
coaching staff will work on what it takes to field an optimal preparation plan.
We are confident that we have what it takes to succeed at the FISU
Universiades.” he said.
The Canadian Men's Water Polo program is proud to have a team representing Canada at the 29th Summer Universiade. Many university-aged players from across the country have showed interest in this program and we look forward to participating in one of the largest sporting events in the world” added Brian Parillo, FISU Men’s Head coach.
For further information, please contact:
Mylène Turcotte-Fitzgerald, Water Polo Canada Communications (613) 748-5682 x 325,