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!

NEW MUSIC VIDEO

It has been a while since we posted but interesting news out of the pool has surfaced (pun intended!).
 
Golden Jets and UofT women’s coach and 4-time Olympian David Hart is also a music composer and member of the “Occasional Angels” band.
 
David’s latest song “Oh, Delilah” has just dropped and there is another connection to the Golden Jets. The star of the song video is the Jets/UofT’s international Ana Miroslavic!
 
Have a look and listen (and remember to “Like”) at:
 
https://www.facebook.com/theoccasionalangels

HOME WORKOUTS

in this crazy time, all the coaches and executives at the Golden Jets are hoping every member and his/her family is safe and healthy AND doing the right thing by following the federal and provincial social distancing guidelines.

Some members have enquired about workouts to do at home.  Actually, we would have sent suggestions of specific things to do AND suggestions of web sites with videos to follow.  HOWEVER, we were prevented from doing this due to the WPC insurance situation.

Below you will find the amended clause of the WPC insurance policy relating to home training until September 20, 2020.  The process is very clear.

We hope you understand.

 COMMERCIAL GENERAL LIABILITY COVERAGE FORM
In consideration of premium charged it is understood and agreed that the Description of
Operations is amended to include Online Training until September 30, 2020 as per the following
terms and conditions:-
WATER POLO CANADA is permitted to conduct online classes in flexibility, strength &
conditioning only under the following restrictions:
• All instruction is to be carried out by a registered WATER POLO CANADA certified
coach
• All individuals participating must be registered WATER POLO CANADA members and
must be recorded by the coach
• Publicly-accessible broadcast tools such as Facebook Live, YouTube, etc. and pre-recorded videos are not acceptable methods of delivering online training
• Permitted delivery tools must include the use of controlled, multi-screen video conferencing programs such as Skype or Zoom (ZOOMUS)
• All injuries are to be documented
• Instructors must advise WATER POLO CANADA in writing before the class and include the following information:
1. Date and time of the course
2. Instructor and instructor’s remote location, bearing in mind facilities are closed
3. Class Content (activities to be conducted)
4. Number of Participants (ensure all participants are WATER POLO CANADA members before the start of the session)
5. Class is limited to the number of participants that can be viewed on a single screen and no more than four (4) participants in one location while following the Provincial Physical Distancing Guidelines
6. Participants must have signed WATER POLO CANADA required Waivers and Consent Forms
AL5918 MARCH 25, 2020 WATER POLO CANADA Ins8
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Attached to and forming part of Policy Number Insured Effective Date
fm/end
All other terms and conditions remain unchanged

VIDEO SUGGESTIONS

In this crazy time, there are, of course, no competitions or club activites to report. No games. No practices. Certainly not what we all envisioned back in September.
Due to insurance issues with WPC, we cannot send you suggestions of workouts OR web sites to seek out to find workouts to do at home (see next post).
So, another thing that perhaps can help maintain the connection to water polo is game video. To that extent, club Head Coach and Founder George Gross, Jr. will be starting up a weekly or bi-weekly video review session of international, collegiate and Golden Jets club games.
Even if members are not involved in the actual video breakdown session, everyone can enjoy the game video on their own.
A few days before each video breakdown session, George will post a link to the game being reviewed. You can watch it beforehand to get familiar with the action and do your own analysis.
Our first video is the Hungary-Spain preliminary round game from this year’s European Championships (the teams met again later in the gold medal game). The game ended in a 11-11 tie. When you see the player introductions, you will see what we all wish we could have here!
You can find the video at:
ENJOY!

U19 BOYS GO 1-2 AT K-W WINTER CLASSIC

The Toronto Golden Jets U19 boys players got their first taste of action this year at the 2019 K-W Winter Classic event last weekend.

The squad was comprised mostly of players not in the top unit of the team that will compete in the national league (NCL).

The Jets opened with a strong 15-6 win over Southwest.  That win was followed by a close one goal loss to the Mavs.  On the last day, the team only fielded 9 players due to the snow storm and lost 12-8 to the Shadow.

The team’s leading scorer throughout the tournament was Sebastien Nisker who averaged 5 goals a game.

Next up is the opening NCL tournament this weekend at Markham’s Pan Am pool.