Record participation expected at water polo National Club Championships

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Louis Daignault (ISN)

May 6, 2013, Ottawa, ON (ISN) – Montreal’s Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard and Sainte-Foy’s Piscine Sylvie-Bernier will be resonating from May 9 to 12 with the energetic presence of 36 water polo teams registered in the 16 and under boys and girls National Club Championships.

The boys’ tournament in Montreal has matched its 2009 record for team registration with 22 squads expected. In Quebec City, 14 teams are registered for the girls’ tournament. All will be hoping to earn the title of Canada’s best in this age group.

Nearly 500 athletes will be competing over the 4-day events, with several young players enjoying their first time in a national championship. “We are really happy with the success of this year’s edition,” said Jeff Lindell, Water Polo Canada’s Director of Domestic Development. “We always aim to offer participants of the different age groups the highest quality events through these National Club Championships. Participation is key and we hope that all involved will take home the most positive experience of our sport.”

The profile of these events will be further enhanced by the presence of several distinguished guests. In Quebec City, the medal ceremonies will have the honour of welcoming Ms. Agnes Maltais, Quebec’s Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity, M. Denis Blanchette, federal MP of Louis-Hebert and Ms. Francine Lortie, president of the Sainte-Foy-Sillery-Cap-Rouge borough.

In Montreal, the opening ceremonies will be welcoming Mr. Pierre Gagnier, mayor of the Ahuntsic-Cartierville borough with Ms. Johanne Derome from the City of Montreal’s Direction of sports and physical activity also in attendance. The medal ceremony will feature the presence of Mr. Richard Deschamps, member of the executive committee and responsible for sports and leisure in the City of Montréal. Several representatives of the host clubs Les Hydres and CAMO, as well as delegates from the national and provincial sports organisations, will also be on site during both competitions.

Action on the girls’ side will start at 7:20 a.m. on Thursday with a game between Vancouver Island and Team Manitoba. Round robin play will continue into Friday with quarterfinals beginning at 7:40 p.m and starting again early Saturday morning. Semi-finals are scheduled on Saturday from 5:20 p.m. The various placement matches are distributed between Saturday and Sunday, culminating with the bronze medal game at 3:00 and the championship game at 4:20 p.m. A total of 39 games are on the schedule.

The boys’ 52-game event will kickstart with an initial elimination round to determine the top 12 teams, which will then face off in a round robin format from Friday to Saturday morning. Advancing teams will go straight to semi-finals with medal semis at 5:50 et 6:55 p.m. on Saturday. Sunday will feature placement matches including the bronze medal game at 3:40 and the gold medal game at 4:45 p.m.

These events also mark the halfway mark of the eight (8) 2013 National Club Championships which kicked off on March 29 and will end on the weekend of May 25-26 with the men and women’s 22U tournament in Gatineau, Quebec.