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Water Polo Canada mourns the loss of water polo pillar Jean-Denis Dionne

It is with great sadness that Water Polo Canada has learned the passing of Mr. Jean-Denis Dionne, one of the builders and founding pillars of modern water polo in Quebec, and in Canada. Involved for more than forty years in our sport, Mr. Dionne was one of the founders of the Quebec Hydres Club in 1972. He was President of the Quebec Water Polo Federation and also represented Quebec within Water Polo Canada as President, Vice President, and Director.

Among his many accomplishments, Mr. Dionne was one of the most passionate advocates for the inclusion of women’s water polo in the Olympics. He was one of the builders of the well-known Piscine Sylvie-Bernier in Quebec City, one of the rare facilities in Canada which was built with water polo in mind. As proof of his lasting impact, Waterpolo Québec created the “Jean-Denis Dionne Award” which recognizes outstanding contributions by administrators of the sport in Quebec.

“His dedication to the cause of water polo, his involvement and his precious advice over the years will remain etched in our memories. On behalf of the Canadian water polo community, I would like to extend my deepest condolences to his friends and family” said Water Polo Canada President, Mr. Conrad Hadubiak.



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