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Water Polo Canada announces new collaboration with the Japanese City of Morioka
Picture: Christine Callahan ( Second Secretary at Canadian Embassy in Tokyo ), Martin Goulet (Executive Director, WPC), Hiroaki Tanifuji (Mayor of Morioka) and Takashi Miyano (Executive Director, Iwate Prefecture)
(Morioka, Japan – September 28, 2017) Water Polo Canada (WPC) is pleased to announce a new partnership with the City of Morioka, in Japan. In preparation for the 2020 Olympic Games, Morioka will welcome the Canadian national teams for training camps and water polo expositions. Water Polo Canada is the first Canadian Sport Federation to associate with the Japanese city. Earlier today, WPC’s Executive Director, Martin Goulet signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in the presence of the mayor of Morioka, Hiroaki Tanifuji, to formalize this new collaboration.

After 2016-2017, Water Polo Canada National Team programs completed a detailed analysis to identify gaps and areas to work on to lead its groups to achieve results and qualify for Tokyo 2020. After a site visit back in April 2017, Morioka appeared to be the logical choice for Water Polo Canada’s High Performance Director, Justin Oliveira.

“Leading up to the Olympic Games, it is critical for Water Polo Canada to take the appropriate steps to prepare our athletes and staff. Those steps include familiarization to new environment, embracing & understanding a new culture and to find a home away from home while competing. Although there will be a focus on training and finding comfort in new surroundings, we would also like to connect with the citizens of Morioka through sport. ” he said.

This new partnership will help National Teams athletes and staff prepare and train in an enhanced competitive environment similar to what they could experience in 2020, at the Tokyo Olympic Games. This collaboration represents a great opportunity for Water Polo Canada athletes to become ambassadors of our sport abroad and be engage within the local water polo community.

“Water Polo Canada is really happy with this new agreement, establishing programming elements well in advance through partnerships is a key to success in high performance sport. The City of Morioka has been great throughout the whole process, I would like to thank the mayor and the community for such a warm welcome and his understanding of what it takes.” commented Martin Goulet, Water Polo Canada Executive Director.

With this agreement, Mor i oka will become the host town for Canada for the next three years. Starting in 2018, the city will welcome WPC’s National Teams for their first training camps.



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