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Senior Women’s National Team Launches Legacy Program

(March 5, 2020 – Montreal, QC) – Water Polo Canada is pleased to announce the official launch of the Legacy Program. Supported by the Women’s National Team Legacy Fund, this represents an opportunity for Canadian prospects to join the Senior Women’s National Team for a week of training in Montreal, Quebec.

Intending to give back to the Canadian water polo community, the Senior Women’s National Team wants to help develop a national culture of excellence and inspire young women across the country.

“The Legacy Program was developed by our team with the objective of growing women’s water polo in Canada. We want to give an opportunity to a group of girls that will encourage their hard work, reinvigorate their passion for the sport and help familiarize athletes across the country to the Senior Women’s National Team. As a team and a program, we want to keep women in Canada playing longer, and we wanted this opportunity to be extended to players regardless of participation with national team programs,” commented Kindred Paul, Women’s National Team Athlete.

“As a coach, I see this program as an excellent initiative from the current athletes. It truly represents the values that we want to instill in our team in addition to creating a program that seeks to improve development across generations,” explained David Paradelo, Women’s National Team Head Coach.

For the 2020 edition, athlete eligibility was based upon the year of birth (born in 2002 or 2003) and provincial depth charts. Eligible athletes were then entered into a random draw, and each 19U NCL team in Canada had one athlete selected for this training opportunity. This Legacy Program will occur every two years to allow all age groups to have a chance to be eligible for this program.

The training sessions will take place on March 19-25, 2020, at the National Training Centre in Montréal, QC. The Senior Women’s National Team Legacy Fund and the Women’s National Team Program will cover athlete expenses. The following athletes will participate in the 2020 Mentorship Program:

  • Diba Pieravani – Pacific Storm
  • Mackenzie Greco – Capital Wave
  • Hannah Kruppi – Team Saskatchewan
  • Emma Sardo – Hamilton Hammer
  • Casey Taylor – DDO
  • Ashley O’Neil – Calgary Renegades
  • Jessica Beauchemin – CAMO
  • Emma Lawson – Fraser Valley
  • Alia Burlock – Edmonton Tsunami
  • Lauren Grigat – Tiburon

“The Legacy program very beneficial for our team by helping ground us during this process. In full-time training, it’s easy to fall into the routine of practices and let the big picture fade away. Bringing in these young athletes will help remind ourselves of when the Olympics still seemed like a wild, far off dream. Now, we are in the process of accomplishing that dream, and while doing that, we are striving to help prepare the next generation of Olympic hopefuls.” concluded Paul.



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