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Water Polo Canada invites NextGen athletes to train at the National Training Centre

(September 23, 2020 - Montreal, QC) - Water Polo Canada (WPC) is pleased to announce that the National Team Program will welcome a group of NextGen athletes over the coming weeks. Due to the pandemic and the uncertainty surrounding the hosting of competitions, WPC decided to take this opportunity to invite a group of female athletes to train at the National Training Centre in Montreal.

The main objective is to build the next generation of athletes and get a step forward into the Paris 2024 quadrennial. "Unfortunately, the pandemic has affected athletes on many levels, and some of them cannot play with their schools at the moment. We want to offer them an environment that fosters the growth and development of the younger generation, and offer our athletes training opportunities," indicated Justin Oliveira, WPC High Performance Director.

“With this program, we are merging the end of the Tokyo Quadrennial and the beginning of the Paris quadrennial under the roof of the INS Quebec. We are sharing the vision, the culture and the foundation of the Senior National Team Program with the invited athletes to carry on outside of centralization. While identifying athletes for the 2024 and 2028 Olympic cycles, we are also looking to incorporate potential athletes to our current Olympic year. During these special times, I am grateful to have this opportunity to work on our program development,” added David Paradelo, Women's National Team Head Coach.

Since September 21, the athletes have had the opportunity to train at National Centre facilities and take advantage of the services at the Institut National du Sport du Québec. Under the direction of NextGen Women's Head Coach, Andrew Robinson, players will experience the centralized program and share the pool with the Senior Women's National Team. As part of the program, Senior Women's National Team athletes will occasionally act as mentors and guest coaches.

This initiative will also bring new responsibilities for coach Andrew Robinson who will become the NextGen Women's Head Coach. An assistant coach with the Senior Women's National Team, Andrew will lead the NextGen program, coaching and supervising the athletes. “ The whole staff is looking forward to working with this group, myself included. I believe the group has a great opportunity to learn and grow as a result of the training, but also from the mentorship provided by our Senior players. I’m looking forward to seeing the strides we can make as a group over the next 4 months, and the athletes continued development once they’ve returned to their regular training environments,” added Andrew Robinson.

The following athletes will participate in the Fall 2020 NextGen Program:


Canadian Club/ University

Verica Bakoc


Serena Browne


Alia Burlock

Edmonton Tsunami

Alison Cameron

Calgary Renegades/Arizona State

Floranne Carroll


Apryl Gonzalez

CAMO/Fresno State

Daphné Guèvremont

CAMO/Fresno State

Ymane Hage


Taylor Halbauer

Edmonton Tsunami/Saint-Francis

Rachael Jaffe

University of Toronto

Rose Kanemy


Sophie Leggett

University of California

Myriam Lizotte


Blaire McDowell

Saskatchewan/Arizona State

Jaiden Miller

Pacific Storm/Harvard

Ava Morrant

Fraser Valley/Michigan

Gabrielle Patenaude


Alicia Petkov


Casey Taylor


Hana Truchla


Brianna Utas

Pacific Storm/University of Pacific

The NextGen program will run from September 21, 2020 to December 2020. Follow the WPC website and social media for updates.



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