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The Women’s National Team begins the final stretch of its preparation for the Tokyo Olympic games
The Women' National Team begins today in California a series of three friendly matches against the American National Team in the final stretch of its preparation for the Tokyo Olympic games.
It will be the first time in the last 18 months that the Canadian athletes will have the opportunities to face another national team.
Justin Oliveira, the High Performance Director at Water Polo Canada explains that “since late 2019 the Women’s National Team have not faced any international opponents due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Common training plans with the US were originally slated for late 2020 and early 2021 that were cancelled due to the respective 2nd and 3rd waves.”
As with a lot of national sports federations, the Covid-19 pandemic has forced Water Polo Canada to modify its training plans. “Throughout the last eight months we were able to develop training allowances with great support from our High Performance Partners, especially the INS Quebec. At this state we are excited to have the opportunity to train and compete against the two-time defending Olympic Champions as we kick-start our return to competition. The next week of common training and three official games will allow us to gradually test our game readiness to further adapt training interventions over the course of the next two months.”
The three friendly matches planned this week will be happening in a strict and controlled sanitary environment where a limited group of training staff and spectators will be admitted in the venues. The time and places of these matches are:
  • May 17th at 6h00 p.m., Pacific time, at the Brenda Villa Aquatic Center in Commerce, California;
  • May 19th at 2h00 p.m., Pacific time, at the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Amitos, California;
  • May 21th at 6h00 p.m., Pacific time, at the Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta, California.
Following California, the Canadian Team will depart for Europe where additional preparation matches and training camps await them in Italy before entering its first regular competition since the beginning of the pandemic in Greece, June 14th to 19th, at the FINA Women's Water Polo World League Super Final 2021.
The athletes that will participate in next few weeks’ preparation matches and training camps are:
Amanda Amorosa
Joelle Bekhazi
Kyra Christmas
Axelle Crevier
Monika Eggens
Shae La Roche
Jessica Gaudreault
Elyse Lemay-Lavoie
Kelly McKee
Hayley McKelvey
Marilia Mimides
Kindred Paul
Gurpreet Sohi
Clara Vulpisi
Claire Wright
Emma Wright
They will be helped by the following training and support staff:
David Paradelo, Head Coach
Cora Campbell, Assistant Coach
Andrew Robinson, Assistant Coach
Félix Croteau, Physiotherapist
Manon Prieur, Massage Therapist
Véronique Richard, Mental Performance Consultant
Alain Delorme, Strength & Conditionning Coach
Marie-Claude Deslières, Referee
Justin Oliveira, High Performance Director
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For further information :
Luc Beaudin
Communication Manager
Water Polo Canada


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