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Water Polo Canada is pleased to announce the 2012 details of the 6th season of the Canadian Select League (CSL), for select female High Performance athletes in Canada. The 2012 CSL will involve a one weekend event, November 15 to 18, 2012 hosted at the Complexe sportif du Parc Olympique in Montreal, QC.

The 2012 CSL Management Team will include:

Heather Kaulbach – CSL Commissioner;

Pat Oaten – CSL Special Advisor for the Commissioner;
Laurence Melancon – CSL Manager;
MC Deslieres – CSL Referee In Chief;
Jacques Marsolais – CSL Head Minor Official.

MISSION:    Create a Canadian league for female athletes in the excellence (high performance) stream of the Train to Perform and Living to Win LTAD pathways for the purpose of evaluation, identification, and selection to the National Team program.

The Canadian Select League (CSL) began in September of 2005 after the Canadian Senior Women’s National Team’s bronze medal performance at the 2005 FINA World Aquatic Championships in Montréal, Quebec.  Head Coach Patrick Oaten began this initiative with the intent of increasing the level of competitive female water polo in Canada.  In 2007 an official Commissioner's position was created in an attempt at expanding the league and legitimizing its presence as Canada's premier women's water polo league.  Since then the league has established itself as the top level of water polo in Canada giving 60 female water polo athletes the opportunity to compete at a high performance level.  The CSL now has its own web pages on the Water Polo Canada web site, an identifiable logo and team names, and league and team uniforms.  The CSL has become a playing forum where current and future Youth, Junior and Senior National Team female athletes from coast to coast, aspire to compete for the CSL Championship Trophy.

The Canadian Senior Women’s National Team must compete against countries who have long established senior leagues, such as the Netherlands, Australia, Italy, Greece, Hungary, and the NCAA in the USA. Continuing to expand the CSL will help increase water polo exposure to Canadians and attract a new fan base.  The growth of Canadian women’s water polo will also help the National Team’s performance at major international events such as the Olympic Games and World Championships.


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