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09.01.2017
Water Polo Canada pleased to announce the return of National Team Coaches

(Ottawa, ON – September 1 2017) – Water Polo Canada (WPC) is pleased to announce the continuation of the Men’s National Team Head Coach, Giuseppe “Pino” Porzio and the Women’s National Team Head Coach Theocharis “Haris” Pavlides. Both Europeans coaches have confirmed the extension of their contracts as they continue to guide Water Polo Canada’s national teams towards Tokyo 2020.

The plan continues to unfold as FINA has yet to release the qualification process for the 2020 Olympic Games. Based in Europe, Porzio and Pavlides will continue to oversee all national team athletes in collaboration with National Team Lead Coaches, Brian Parillo and David Paradelo under the lead of Water Polo Canada’s High Performance Director, Justin Oliveira.

Good experience for young Canadian squad

After a busy summer preparing and playing at the FINA World Championships in Budapest, Pino Porzio will be looking to continue his work in developing his young Canadian squad. Despite a 15th place finish, the Senior Men’s National Team had some remarkable moments in the tournament, including a draw with Montenegro in their opening match. The international season has allowed this Canadian team to gain experience and showcase its rising talent.

Pino Porzio looked back on the team’s season pointing out the renewal of the Men’s program. “It was an important season for the National Team, the first year of a new cycle that will take us to Tokyo 2020. The first consideration to be made is the profound renewal and rejuvenation. A young team with little international experience, more than half of the players competed at their first world championship and in a sense we paid the price with our inexperience.”

Porzio also commented on the importance of preparation “Three weeks of work in Calgary and the tournaments in Greece, then Holland, and the tournament in Hungary was very important to achieve the best psychophysical condition before the World Championship. In these pre-world tournaments, we were aiming on perfecting our game, immediately confronting the strongest nations in the world. After the tournament, the team grew a lot on the level of balance between attack and defense, the boys began to understand the difference in intensity between international high level water polo and national championships.”

He also shared his plan for the upcoming year “My goal for next season is to bring the team to a superior level of play, from the point of view of collective and individual quality, filling the different gaps we have already identified.” The Italian coach identified the areas to work on “Through specific exercises we will work to improve the defensive phase, the man-down, the management of our attack especially against the press and the very narrow area of ??the opponents. It will be crucial to have the opportunity to conduct international tournaments or high-level joint training to improve teamwork but above all to test the team’s growth in time.”

“I’m happy to have signed an agreement with the Federation until Tokyo 2020, I will try together with this group of guys to honor the commitment in the best way! I am equally convinced that with work, seriousness, commitment, and confidence, this group has the potential to overcome many obstacles.” he concluded.

Building off of 2017 for the Women’s National Team

The Women’s National Team had an impressive tournament in Budapest, finishing just off the podium after losing to Russia in the bronze medal match. The World Championships wrapped up a great international season for the women’s national team finishing in second place at World League Super Final. Haris Pavlides will be looking to build on these results heading into this season.

“My first year with the Canadian team was a great experience. I enjoyed every day of our preparation, the chemistry between staff and players was amazing and I believe it was the main reason for our successful season” reflects Head Coach Theocharis Pavlides.

Pavlides points out the importance of player development in the long term plan “For the 2nd year, we must continue our improvement and establish our presence among the top teams of the world. We have a strong core of players and I am pretty sure with some players of the next generation we can have a solid and very competitive team through Tokyo 2020. I feel honored and excited for the chance WPC gave me to guide our team until the Olympic Games.”

“We are thrilled to have solidified the core of our coaching and technical leadership group with long term agreements reached with both Coaches Pavlides and Porzio. These two world-class coaches will continue to lead our teams while contributing to the growth of High Performance Water Polo in Canada.” mentioned Water Polo Canada’s High Performance Director, Justin Oliveira.

Porzio and Pavlides have confirmed their presence at the 2017 Water Polo Canada Leadership Summit in Montreal. This represents a great opportunity for Canadian participants to work with world-class coaches. The WPC Summit will be held October 13-15, 2017 at Le Nouvel Hôtel in Montréal. The program and registration details will be released shortly.

 
 
 
 

 


 
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