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Busy season ahead for our National Team athletes

With the Tokyo Olympics less than two years away, our Canadian teams are entering a crucial stage of their preparation. The qualification process for Tokyo 2020 will begin next summer with the 2019 World League Super Final events, the World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea and the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. In addition to these important competitions, the Canadian teams will participate in two other events this year; the UANA Cup in January 2019 (Sao Paolo, Brazil) and the FINA Intercontinental Tournament in March 2019 (Perth, Australia) as they attempt to qualify for the FINA World League Super Final.

Women’s National Team Program

Many women’s national team athletes will join clubs in Europe for the upcoming professional season. Monika Eggens and Head Coach Haris Pavlides will be back with Olympiakos in the first division of the Greek League. Also in Greece, Kelly McKee will join Ethnikos for this professional season. Four Canadian players will compete in Italy’s Seria A1, one of the most competitive leagues in the world. Gurpreet Sohi and Amanda Amorosa are heading to Lille, France to help the team defend their title in the Ligue Promotionnelle de Water-Polo.

Lead coach David Paradelo and assistant coach Andrew Robinson will continue to supervise and monitor the athletes attending the National Training Centre in Montreal. Additionally, eight athletes will compete in NCAA water polo with their respective schools.

Serie A1 – Italy

  • Krystina Alogbo – CSS Verona (Verona, Italy)
  • Axelle Crevier – Rari-Nantes, Florence (Florence, Italy)
  • Hayley McKelvey – Rari-Nantes, Florence (Florence, Italy)
  • Shae Fournier - SIS Roma (Rome, Italy)

Greek League – Division 1

  • Monika Eggens, Olympiakos (Athens, Greece)
  • Kelly McKee, Ethnikos (Athens, Greece)

Ligue Promotionnelle de water-polo – Pro A féminine

  • Gurpreet Sohi (Lille, France)
  • Amanda Amorosa (Lille, France)

Hungarian National League

  • Kindred Paul, UVSE (Budapest, Hungary) – starting in January 2019

NCAA – Season starts in January 2019

  • Emma Wright, University of California, Berkeley
  • Elyse Lemay-Lavoie, University of Hawaii
  • Clara Vulpisi, University of the Pacific
  • Kyra Christmas, University of the Pacific
  • Brianna Utas, University of Pacific
  • Verica Bakoc, University of Southern California
  • Blaire McDowell, Arizona State University
  • Maria-Eleni Mimides, Long Beach State University
  • Myriam Lizotte, Marist College

Men’s National Team Program

This year, Canadian water polo fans will also be able to follow their favourite athletes as they compete in the National Championship League. Members of the men’s national team program will train at the National Training Centre under the supervision of Lead Coach Brian Parillo and Coach Robinson. A few athletes have already joined teams in Europe for the professional season. Starting in January, three Canadian players will play in the Australian National League. Please see the list below to follow their journey abroad;


  • Nicolas Constantin-Bicari, UNSW Wests Magpies
  • Gaelan Patterson, UWA Torpedoes
  • Devon Thumwood, UWA Torpedoes

Greek League

  • Sean Spooner, G.S Peristeri
  • Aleksa Gardijan, G.S Peristeri
  • Aria Soleimani, P.A.O.K
  • George Torakis, Palaio Faliro
  • Reuel D'Souza, Palaio Faliro

Seria A2, Italy

  • Dusan Aleksic, Bologna
  • Bogdan Djerkovic, University of the Pacific 


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