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Water Polo Canada announces National Legacy Development Centre Coaching Staff

(Calgary, Alberta, September 18, 2018) – Water Polo Canada (WPC) is pleased to announce the professional staff that will lead the High Performance initiatives in the province of Alberta including the National Legacy Development Centre (NLDC) in Calgary and the Regional Development Centre in Edmonton.

WPC and the Alberta Water Polo Association jointly launched the NLDC last spring as part of the overall High Performance Development Strategy to enhance the depth and quality of the Canadian feeder system and to support the development of our age group national team athletes year-round.

Water Polo Canada has appointed Mr. Gyula Toth to lead the National Legacy Development Centre in Calgary. As the NLDC head coach, Toth will support the development of the Alberta High Performance athletes on a day-to-day basis. After coaching in the Hungarian National League, he has been involved with water polo in Canada for many years, working closely with the National Team Program. Passionate about water polo, Toth has the expertise and the experience to oversee the development of the next generation of athletes.

“I’m so pleased that WPC and AWPA have chosen me for this new opportunity. I feel privileged to work with the organization again and to be helping the athletes with all of my experiences at every stage of their life. The National Legacy Development Centre gives opportunities to the athletes to work daily at a higher level and to better understand the WPC national standards. Our job here is to help them to step up for the next level technical and tactically, and to teach them how to compete successfully.” commented Gyula Toth on his new role with Water Polo Canada.

Mathieu Constantin will also join the NLDC professional staff as an assistant coach with the program. Initially, from Montreal, Mathieu Constantin moved to Calgary to train with the Men’s National Team and has been involved in the Alberta Water Polo community since then. Engaged with the Team Alberta program, he will support Coach Toth at the NLDC this season.

“One of the key initiatives was to ensure that we continue to promote the growth of high performance water polo in Calgary. Water Polo Canada is excited to have these two passionate coaches involved to shape the next generation of athletes.” said High Performance Director, Justin Oliveira on the appointment of the NLDC coaches.

As Edmonton continues to develop into a secondary water polo hub in Alberta, a Regional Development centre has also been created to support the continual growth of athletes within this region. Alberta native, Raine Paul will act as the Head Coach of the Edmonton RDC to provide enhanced training to the local high performance athletes. After her career as a player, Paul remains involved in water polo as a coach with the Edmonton Tsunami. Last year, she led her 19U women’s

team to their first ever medal at the NCL National Finals. Paul will also work in collaboration with the NLDC staff to identify and train potential age group national team athletes.

“Raine has been a strong force in Edmonton to develop water polo, and is a great asset for Water Polo Canada to further grow the water polo in this region.” added Justin Oliveira.

The National Legacy Development Centre along with the Edmonton Regional Development Centre are some of the initiatives created by WPC to raise the level of the daily training environment for 19 and under and postsecondary athletes and to improve the overall system alignment in Canadian water polo.

Regional Development Centre – Program Update

Starting this season, all Canadian domestic athletes who want to be considered for an Age Group National Team in 2019 must be registered with their local Regional Development Centre. Further requirements for domestic athletes about the RDC’s, including requirements for those who reside in regions where no RDC’s are currently present, can be found at the following link:: http://waterpolo.ca/rdc.aspx



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