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David Hart presents the second volume of his History of Canadian Water Polo series – Hamilton emerges from a municipal pool (1930-1967)

(October 21, 2020 – Ottawa, ON) – Water Polo Canada Alumni and 4-time Olympian David Hart has launched the second volume of his History of Canadian Water Polo series “Volume 2 (1930-1967) – Hamilton emerges from a municipal pool” . Three years after the release of “ Volume 1 (1886-1929) - Montreal first outside the United Kingdom”, the second volume of the series sheds light on the emergence of water polo in Hamilton, Ontario.

Once again, this fantastic sport story is the culmination of years of research, through newspaper reports and the author’s own personal archives. Volume 2 picks up the story in 1930, at a pivotal moment; the building of a municipal pool in Hamilton for the British Empire Games and the subsequent hiring of 1928 Olympic swimming medalist, Jimmy Thompson. Thompson would go on to create one of the most successful water polo clubs of its era, the Hamilton Aquatic Club. In this second book, author David Hart, focuses his attention on three major threads in Canadian water polo history: the dynasty of the Young Men’s Hebrew Association of Montreal in the 1930s; the rise of the Hamilton Aquatic Water Polo Club, who would challenge Montreal’s supremacy by the end of the 1930s; and the impact of the Hungarian revolution and creation of the Hungarian Water Polo Club in Toronto in the late 1950s.

“I’m excited to release the second part of my history series. As a young swimmer and water polo player whose career began in 1961, I had a unique opportunity to see, meet and speak to many of the athletes, coaches and officials who competed in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. A lot of the historical material, including photographs used in this second book, were obtained personally from these legends, a couple of whom were my earliest coaches. I sincerely hope people will enjoy this second volume.” commented David Hart.

Volume one and Volume two of the History of Canadian Water Polo series are available for purchase on the Water Polo Canada Online Store.

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About the Author

David Hart’s career in the sport of water polo is the most extensive of any Canadian water polo personality in the history of the sport. His outstanding contribution has been felt in many capacities (athlete, coach, administrator, mentor, innovator, official, instructor, author, scout and volunteer) over seven decades and twelve Olympic cycles (1965 to 2020).

David competed in four Olympic Games for Canada; 1972 and 1976 as an athlete and 1984 and 2000 as a coach. He is the only Canadian water polo personality to have coached with all six Canadian national team programs and the first ever Canadian to have coached a foreign national team (Head coach Brazil women 2002-2003).

In addition to his four Olympic appearances, he competed in the 1975, 1978, 1998, 2001 and 2003 World Championships as well as the 1971, 1975, 1979, 1983, 1999 and 2003 Pan American Games. As a coach, he has won eight international medals.

He has had a profound impact on the sport of water polo in Canada, having been the creative force behind many key initiatives including: The Canadian Water Polo League (1981); the world’s first-ever computer game analysis program for water polo (1982); the Legacy Coaching program (1994); the Canadian Water Polo Dream Team program (1995); the I Love Water Polo program (2001) and most recently the Canadian Water Polo Hall of Fame (2020).

David was inducted into the McMaster University Sport Hall of Fame (1992), the Ontario Aquatic Hall of Fame (1994) and the Hamilton Sport Hall of Fame (2014). He has been the recipient of numerous awards: Gord Tippet Award for contribution to sport in the city of Ottawa (2000), People of Significance Award city of Hamilton (2009), C.A.C. Geoff Gowan Lifetime Achievement Award for contribution to coaching in Canada (2012), Brian Kilrea Award for lifetime contribution to coaching at the Ottawa Sport Awards (2013), Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for lifetime achievement in coaching in Canada (2013) and the Hamilton Sports Hero Banner at city of Hamilton annual sport awards (2013).



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