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01.27.2017
Selection Announced for 2017 UANA Cup to be played in Trinidad and Tobago

 Calgary, January 27, 2017Water Polo Canada (WPC) is proud to announce its roster for the upcoming Men’s UANA Cup. The 2017 World Championship qualification tournament is to be held in the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago from February 7 to 11.

Following the 2016 competitive season, the Canadian senior men’s water polo team has experienced a renewal after several veterans confirmed their retirement from the program. Several experienced players remain however, including goaltender Dusan Aleksic and field players Nicolas Constantin-Bicari, David Lapins, Dusan Radojcic, Scott Robinson and George Torakis, who will help guide the team and its younger recruits in their quest for international recognition.

“We have been working really hard and we are excited to now play a big tournament. This is our first step towards Tokyo 2020,” commented athlete David Lapins, who is also a member of WPC’s Athletes’ Council.

“This one is important for us: this is the first tournament for this team. We need to go to FINA World Championships in Budapest. These teams will not be easy but we are ready. We are a young team, but I am confident we can qualify,” said Head Coach Pino Porzio.

The Canadian men will play their first game of the UANA Cup, against TTO, at 7:30 p.m. (local) on Tuesday, February 7. Matches will be played daily, with the semi-finals scheduled for Friday, February 10 and the gold medal game on February 11 at 12:30 p.m. The two top teams will earn a spot for the Budapest 2017 World Aquatic Championships.

Selected Athlete

Hometown

Current Club

Dusan Aleksic

Gatineau, QC

Club Water-Polo de Gatineau/Waterpolo Navarra

Jeremie Blanchard

Longueuil, QC

Club Water-Polo St-Lambert

Nicolas Constantin-Bicari

Repentigny, QC

CAMO/CN Marseille

Reuel D’Souza

Port Coquitlam, BC

Pacific Storm Water Polo

Ronen Grosz

Scarborough, ON

Shadow Water Polo Club

Matthew Halajian

Mission Ridge, BC

Fraser Valley Water Polo

David Lapins

Gatineau, QC

Ottawa Titans Water Polo

Gaelan Patterson

Vancouver, BC

Pacific Storm Water Polo

Milan Radenovic

Toronto, ON

Mavericks Water Polo

Dusan Radojcic

Toronto, ON

Shadow Water Polo Club

Scott Robinson

Calgary, AB

Calgary Torpedoes/ AS Acquachiara Napoli

Aria Soleimani

Calgary, AB

Pacific Storm Water Polo

Devon Thumwood

Calgary, AB

Calgary Torpedoes/Pacific Tigers

George Torakis

Montreal, QC

Panathinaikos AC Water Polo

Staff, Men’s Senior National Team

Head Coach: Pino Porzio , Napoli, Italy

Lead Coach: Brian Parillo, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QC

Assistant Coach / Manager: Robin Randall, Drinkwater, SK

Information :  WPC Communications, communications@waterpolo.ca

 
 
 
 

 


 
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