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The History of ILWP and Acknowledgements

The innovative and award winning I Love Water Polo (ILWP) program, now operated and nationalized by Water Polo Canada, was developed from the experience and creativity of former Olympic athlete and Olympic coach Mr David Hart.  Coach Hart has been involved in water polo in Canada for the past 50 years including 4 Olympic Games - player in 1972 and 1976 and assistant coach in 1984 and 2000.  Coach Hart has held various positions in the Canadian Water Polo Association from 1977 to 2006 including Technical Director, Master Coach, High Performance Director, and Director in Chief.  In his time with the Association, Coach Hart has been involved in every National Team program both male and female, and age group through senior. In the spring of 2009, Water Polo Canada obtained a grant from Sport Canada to nationalize the the I Love Water Polo (ILWP) program and run a pilot in Atlantic Canada.  The Ottawa Titans Water Polo Club developed the first version of ILWP, and has been operating the program in the Ottawa region since 2001.  Water Polo Canada has merged the core components of the ILWP Ottawa Titans program with its NCCP Community Sport – Initiation coaching program to form a National standardized ILWP.

In May 2005, the Titan’s I Love Water Polo program won an award of excellence from the Parks and Recreation Ontario (PRO). Nancy Snihur, who was the first administrative volunteer and developed the strategic plan, business case, Trillium grant application and many of the promotional material, accepted the award on behalf of the Titans.

In the spring of 2005, Ontario Water Polo (OWP) obtained a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to support the Association’s efforts to enhance awareness and interest in water polo, strengthen the network of water polo clubs and affiliates across Ontario, and increase access to the sport.

Ontario Water Polo and Water Polo Canada gratefully acknowledges, with gratitude, the support and contributions of the following for creating the I Love Water Polo program:

The Ontario Trillium Foundation
Ottawa Titans Water Polo Club
Ms Nancy Snihur
Mr. David Hart
Ms Deanna Barry
Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion
Sport Canada


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