ON-LINE REFEREE COURSE AVAILABLE

In light of the current provincial situation, Ontario Water Polo mobilized  Quickly  To organize an online Regional Referee Course during the shutdown  period. 

Dr. Evan Andrews will deliver this entry level course completely online (theoretical and practical portions). Upon completion, participants will:

– Develop a deeper understanding of the game         – Have the ability to officially referee games in the future        – Earn part-time income

Eligibility: Participants must be born in 2007 or earlier

Course Dates (10 hours in four sessions):

April 25th: 2-4:30 pm

April 26th: 6-8:30 pm

April 27th: 6-8:30 pm

April 28th: 6-8:30 pm

Cost: $50/ participant

Sign up here. Please note that sign up and payment are directly through Dr. Evan Andrews.

Spots are first come first serve. All questions in regards to the course can be directed to: Evan Andrews <e3andrews@uwaterloo.ca>

 

SENIOR NATIONAL TEAMS INFORMATION

WATER POLO CANADA
Senior National Team & High Performance Program
2021-2028 Quadrennial Training Delivery
PREAMBLE
This document is to inform key stakeholders of an enhancement of the training delivery of Water Polo Canada’s Senior National Team Programs over the next two Olympic cycles (Paris 2024 & Los Angeles 2028).
PURPOSE
Arising from three critical debriefing processes1 over recent years, both the Men’s and Women’s National Team are leading efforts to address critical gaps in our pursuit of Olympic excellence. Water Polo Canada is exploring avenues to enhance the delivery of the daily training environments (DTE) across the country by providing similar level programming that exists at the National Training Centre (NTC) in Montreal to selected regions throughout Canada. With the expansion of High Performance Centres WPC hopes to address the critical gaps in programming across Canada.
Critical System Gaps:
1. Athlete development and retention
2. Increase visibility and opportunity for athletes
3. Access to quality domestic & international games
4. NSO, PSO, Club alignment
Starting in September 2021 athletes in the Montreal National Training Centre or any High Performance Centres will be provided equal opportunity to make the Senior National Team. Water Polo Canada will explore the feasibility of starting in regions with established RDC programs Calgary, Edmonton, Regina and Toronto and with immediate expansion to the Greater Vancouver Area. High Performance Centres will operate from September to May allowing athletes to pursue academia or lifestyles beyond Montreal while continuing their pursuit of Olympic Excellence.
Athletes will have access to high performance training in various cities across Canada. This will automatically improve the daily training environment for athletes in those regions while also fostering the growth of the Senior domestic competition structure by enabling athletes to train and compete with their local senior club program.
1 Three Debrief processes include Men’s Quadrennial Debrief (May 2020), Women’s 2019 Annual Debrief, Men’s 2021 Olympic Qualification Review completed with the Senior National Team Staffs and ran in collaboration with key Canadian High Performance Partners (Own the Podium, Canadian Olympic Committee and INS-Quebec).
KEY DEFINITIONS
Senior National Team Talent Pool (SNTTP): The Senior National Team Talent Pool are any athletes eligible to represent the Senior National Team.
Podium Pathway Talent Pool (PPTP): The Podium Pathway Talent Pool are any athlete who are eligible to represent a Provincial Team, Age Group National Team, or Senior Development Team. These athletes are committed to the identified High-Performance stream of the Athlete Pathway in their respective region.
National Training Centre (NTC): Water Polo Canada’s base of operations for its High-Performance programs located at the INS-Quebec in Montreal, QC.
High Performance Centre (HPC): will run regional high performance training programs aimed at enhancing the daily training environment, evaluation, and monitoring of athletes within the SNTTP between the months of September and May of the Calendar year. Locations that are operating a HPC will have their RDC integrated.
Regional Development Centre (RDC): will run regional development training programs aimed at training enhancement, evaluation and monitoring of athletes within the Podium Pathway. Athletes aged 15-19+. Mixed pool of athletes that are both SNTTP and PPTP athletes.
NATIONAL HIGH PERFORMANCE PARTNERS
Own to Podium
Canadian Olympic Committee
Canadian Olympic & Paralympic Sport Institute Network
Institut national du sport du Québec
PROVINCIAL SPORT PARTNERS
Water Polo West
Alberta Water Polo Association
Saskatchewan Water Polo
Manitoba Water Polo
Ontario Water Polo
Water Polo Québec
2021-2028 QUADRENNIAL TRAINING DELIVERY
Senior National Team programs will be moving to a seasonal centralization approach supported by the sustainable development of High Performance Centres in identified major regions across Canada.
In collaboration with their National, Provincial, Municipal and other Sport Partners WPC will engage in a process of establishing High Performance Centers across Canada. These High Performance Centres led by WPC and operated collaboratively with our Provincial Sport Organizations will ensure that athletes have access to the appropriate level of Daily Training Environment for a National Team Athlete.
The centralization periods for the Senior National Team programs will occur during the following periods at our primary National Training Centre at the Institut national du sport du Québec.
Disclaimer: The below periods are tentative and subject to change. These periods described do not include blocks of time for training camps or competitions between the months of September to May of the competition season.
2021-2024 Paris Quadrennial
May 2022 to August 2022
May 2023-August 2024*
2024-2028 Los Angeles Quadrennial
May 2025-August 2025
May 2026-August 2026
May 2027 to August 2028*
*Extended centralized periods to support performance at major events including Olympic Qualification events and the Olympic Games.
The National Training Centre will continue to operate in collaboration with Water Polo Quebec to provide High Performance training for all National Team athletes who wish to train in Montreal.
Concurrently, WPC will be broadening the Senior National Team staff by investing in the coaching infrastructure at identified High Performance Centres. This strategy will allow for WPC to effectively transition to our new training approach.
Although specific details will be confirmed in the coming months WPC believes that bringing opportunity to multiple regions in Canada will support the long-term nationwide growth of High Performance athletes while stimulating a healthy return to sport from the Covid-19 Pandemic.
More information will be circulated in the coming months through our normal WPC & PSO communication channels.
Disclaimer: WPC will put forth a strategy to maximize the number of National Team Athletes training in the Fall of 2021 should the Covid-19 Pandemic impose increased restrictions.

LONG TERM PLAN FOR SENIOR NATIONAL TEAMS

Water Polo Canada has released the following statement with regard to the long term format for the senior National Teams. By separate post, you will be able to read the actual document.
 
Today we are sharing with you an important announcement with respect to the training delivery for our Senior National Team programs over the next eight years.
 
In short, our National Training Centre will continue to reside at the INS-Quebec in Montreal, QC, where we will maintain adjusted service for all athletes in the Montreal region and those who have recently or who will relocate in the future. Our objective is to provide more training and competition opportunities for athletes nationwide while stimulating the growth of our Senior Domestic Competition Structure aligned with the National Team Calendars.
 
In the attached document, you’ll find a communication that lays out WPC plans to offer athletes an opportunity to train in their various cities, including the National Training Centre in Montreal.
 
More information will be circulated in the coming months through our normal WPC & PSO communication channels.

CBC TO STREAM CANADA’S GAMES FROM MEN’S OLYMPIC QUALIFIER

Happy to announce that CBC will be streaming all of Canada’s preliminary round games from the men’s Olympic Qualification Tournament in Rotterdam.
 
Games will be streamed at: www.cbcsports.ca
 
Game schedule (all times Toronto time – EST):
 
Sun Feb 14 – 8:30am – vs Brazil (BRA)
Mon Feb 15 – 11:30am – vs Montenegro (MNE)
Tue Feb 16 – 10:00am – vs Georgia (GEO)
Wed Feb 17 – 2:30pm – vs Turkey (TUR)
Thu Feb 18 – 8:30am – vs Greece (GRE)

SCHOOL POOL PERMITS POSTPONED AGAIN

We have just received notice from the school permits organization as follows:

“As you may be aware, we suspended evening and weekend community permits in all TDSB schools during the Fall 2020 with the hope of reopening our buildings for community use in January 2021. However, under the current provincial order, we cannot safely allow the community use of our facilities at this time. As a result, we will be delaying the issuance of community permits until there is further direction from Toronto Public Health. All dates in Ebase
up to end of March 2021 will be cancelled.”

Accordingly, we will not have access to school pools until April at the earliest.

We will keep everyone informed as new developments occur.

Meanwhile, wear masks (preferably two) and keep socially distanced!

DAVID HART RELEASES 2nd VOLUME OF CANADIAN WATER POLO HISTORY

Water Polo Canada Alumni and 4-time Olympian David Hart has launched the second volume of his History of Canadian Water Polo series “Volume 2 (1930-1967) – Hamilton emerges from a municipal pool” . Three years after the release of “ Volume 1 (1886-1929) – Montreal first outside the United Kingdom”, the second volume of the series sheds light on the emergence of water polo in Hamilton, Ontario.

Once again, this fantastic sport story is the culmination of years of research, through newspaper reports and the author’s own personal archives. Volume 2 picks up the story in 1930, at a pivotal moment; the building of a municipal pool in Hamilton for the British Empire Games and the subsequent hiring of 1928 Olympic swimming medalist, Jimmy Thompson. Thompson would go on to create one of the most successful water polo clubs of its era, the Hamilton Aquatic Club. In this second book, author David Hart, focuses his attention on three major threads in Canadian water polo history: the dynasty of the Young Men’s Hebrew Association of Montreal in the 1930s; the rise of the Hamilton Aquatic Water Polo Club, who would challenge Montreal’s supremacy by the end of the 1930s; and the impact of the Hungarian revolution and creation of the Hungarian Water Polo Club in Toronto in the late 1950s.

“I’m excited to release the second part of my history series. As a young swimmer and water polo player whose career began in 1961, I had a unique opportunity to see, meet and speak to many of the athletes, coaches and officials who competed in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. A lot of the historical material, including photographs used in this second book, were obtained personally from these legends, a couple of whom were my earliest coaches. I sincerely hope people will enjoy this second volume.” commented David Hart.

Volume one and Volume two of the History of Canadian Water Polo series are available for purchase on the Water Polo Canada Online Store.

CLUB FOUNDER & HEAD COACH INTERVIEWED ON U.S. PODCAST SERIES

Golden Jets Club Founder and Head Coach, George Gross, Jr., was interviewed for a podcast series in the U.S. The podcast was released last week as a U.S. Thanksgiving special by the Collegiate Water Polo Association.
Listen at:
https://anchor.fm/cwpa/episodes/George-Gross-Jr—-Episode-006—SPECIAL-RELEASE-emooo6?fbclid=IwAR2RmvlrOc5fY985Irf-rkdXOvaSnkI4JvdoZ-_439LKYp7tRYGt2fh1brw

 

WATER POLO CANADA ANNOUNCES CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR 2020-2021 SEASON

Water Polo Canada (WPC) announced earlier today that the National Championship League (NCL) would be transitioning to a series of Open National Championship events rather than the traditional league model for the 2021 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although WPC feels that this transition is best for the 2021 season, WPC does plan to return to the regular NCL format next fall for the 2021-2022 season.

Water Polo Canada’s objective is to host the following events between May and July 2021:

  • Senior National Championship
  • 19U National Championship
  • 17U National Championship
  • 15U Western National Championship
  • 15U Eastern National Championship

LATEST UPDATE

Hopefully everyone has been safe and healthy throughout the past five months.

An email will be coming with a few days with the latest update on what is happening beginning in September.

Due to the virus, UofT and high school pools have been shut and remain closed until the first week of September.

While the email coming out in a few days will detail some information, it will be incomplete due to the fact the clb has not been given answers as to pool availability, type of practice allowed, etc

Stay tuned!