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Water Polo Canada announces enhanced partnership with the Institut national du sport du Québec

Montreal, October 12, 2017 Water Polo Canada (WPC) is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Institut national du sport du Québec (INS Québec) as its Men’s National Team Program will join the Women’s National Team Program in the fall of 2018. With the relocation of the men’s national team from Calgary to Montreal, the Repsol Centre will now be the home of a Development Centre focusing on the new generation of athletes.

“Water Polo Canada would like to acknowledge the great relationships that have been built in Calgary over the past twenty years namely the Alberta Water Polo Association, the Canadian Sports Institute of Calgary, the Repsol Sport Center (formerly the Talisman Center), the domestic clubs and all of the individuals who supported our program. Although our Men’s Senior National Team will be relocating to Montreal, we will focus on developing Calgary into a Development Center for our Next Generation of athletes.” mentioned Justin Oliveira, High Performance Director of Water Polo Canada.

INS Québec is already recognized as the official training centre of the women’s national team program and eight other resident sports and possess an incomparable expertise in aquatics. The Men’s National Team will benefit from the support of the medicine and scientific experts at the INS Québec and they will have the opportunity to access priority training at a world-class facility.

Water Polo Canada’s decision to move its National Training Centre to Montreal is in line with the conclusions of the 2014 Shakespear report where the strategy focused on a shared training environment to enhance the team cohesion and unity. National team staff will also be able to share knowledge and best practices in the hopes of reaching international success.

The INS Québec is the home of many sport scientists and an impressive high performance team that is already working with numerous elite athletes. The centralization of this expertise will optimize the preparation and the development of Water Polo Canada’s national team athletes. This new collaboration with the INS Québec will also allow Water Polo Canada to concentrate its resources to achieve key high performance milestones.

Martin Goulet, Executive Director of Water Polo Canada welcomes this new association with the INS Québec “Our women’s program has been here for years, the quality of the services and the facilities at l’INS Québec is outstanding. The athletes will have access to all the services they need under one roof which is important for their development. Montreal appears to be the logical decision for us because we want to develop not only athletes, but also individuals. The academic opportunities here in Montreal will address the needs of our athletes.”

“We welcome this new collaboration as a mark of trust between Water Polo Canada and the INS Québec that aspires to be an essential performance partner. Our Performance Services Team commits to deliver high-quality services to accompany the team toward the major games and to act as a real Catalyst of dream.” indicated Gaëtan Robitaille, Executive Director of the Institut national du sport du Québec

Water Polo Canada also used this opportunity to unveil its high performance strategy for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The Federation internationale de natation (FINA) hasn’t yet confirmed the qualification process for the upcoming Olympic tournament however FINA announced last June that the women’s tournament will in go from eight to ten teams at the 2020 Olympics. In 2018, the WPC National Team programs will focus on two major competitions being the World League Super Final and the FINA World Cup.

“The assessment of 2017 is definitely positive, our national teams had different objectives and they managed to reach them. For 2018, our teams will prepare for the upcoming FINA tournaments, World League Super Final and World Cup” said Justin Oliveira, High Performance Director of Water Polo Canada.



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