Senior Women's National Team


Women's National Team Bios


Program Description

The Canadian Senior Women's National Team is currently led by High Performance Director Olivier Pineau, Head Coach David Paradelo and Assistant Coach Cora Campbell as well as Team Manager Laurence Melançon. The team is centralized in Montreal, Quebec at the Institut National du Sport located within the Olympic Park's Sports Centre.


In 2019, the  Senior Women's National team was awarded a silver medal after competing against the United States in the gold medal game of the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima. Their placement at the 2019 Pan American Games resulted in their qualification for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The senior women earned a gold medal at the 2019 UANA Cup. The senior women also competed at the 2019 FINA World League Super Final in Budapest, Hungary and the 2019 FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea where they finished 7th and 9th respectively.


In 2018, the senior women finished 4th at the FINA World League Super Final in Kunshan, China. The senior women also competed in the FINA Women’s Water Polo World Cup hosted in Surgut, Russia where they finished 6th.


In 2017, the senior women earned a silver medal at the FINA World League Super Final in Shanghai, China. Prior to that, the women's team finished in third place at the Intercontinental Tournament, in Caliornia. The senior women also finished 4th at the 2017 FINA World Aquatic Championships, in Budapest, Hungary.


The senior women earned a silver medal at the 2015 Panamerican Games in Toronto and finished 11th at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan. In its main international competition in 2014, the team reached a #6 finish at the women's FINA World League Super Final, in China. As of August, 2, 2014, the Canadian women's team was ranked 8th in the world, according to FINA's water polo world rankings.


Canada hosted in Calgary, in January 2013, the UANA Cup . This was the qualifying event for the Americas for the FINA World Aquatic Championships. After finishing 1st in the tournament, the Canadian women earned a berth to the Worlds' in Barcelona in July 2013 where the team ultimately finished 8th.


The team narrowly missed qualifying for the London 2012 Olympic Games after losing a heartbreaking shootout 27-26 to the Americans at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara (MEX). The team lost their final qualifying opportunity to Russia 7-6 at the Olympic Qualification Tournament in Trieste (ITA) in April 2012.  


Other past medal accomplishments for the teams were in 2009, with a double silver medal performance, at the FINA World League Super Finals and 13th FINA World Aquatic Championships. The Women's National Team participated in the inaugural women's water polo Olympic tournament in Syndey (AUS) in 2000 placing 5th and again in Athens (GRE) in 2004 placing 7th.

For information about the history of water polo in Canada and the Canadian Women's National Team please visit the section History of Water Polo in Canada. Please click here to view Team Canada's historical results at all major FINA events.


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