National Team hosts Serbia for Training and Competition in Calgary

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Louis Daignault (ISN)

June 18, 2013, Calgary (ISN) – The Canadian senior men’s water polo team is holding a joint training camp with the Serbian National Team from June 20 to 26, 2013 at the Talisman Centre in Calgary.

The Canadian and Serbian National Teams’ collaboration was a logical step given Canada’s High Performance Director Dragan Jovanovic’s and Head Coach Alex Beslin’s history as players and coaches in Europe. The two organizations have managed to build a strong connection in the recent years and this joint training will mark Serbia’s return to Canada after a previous camp visited Montreal and Calgary in 2011. The two teams are taking this opportunity to finalize preparations for next month’s World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, where they will both participate.

“As always, the biggest challenge for us is getting to play enough games against the best teams,” said Canadian men’s Head Coach Alex Beslin. These matchups with Serbia, one of the top in the world, will give us a chance to really measure our progress and training. It will enable us to make final adjustments before leaving for Barcelona.”

Canada’s men will meet formidable training partners with the Serbians hot off their win of the FINA World League Super Final this past weekend. Serbia claimed the gold for a record 7th time after defeating Hungary 12-7 in the final of the event held in Russia. The team was also World Champion in Rome in 2009 and won bronze medals at both the Beijing 2008 Olympics and in London last summer.

This tradition of excellence from the eastern Europeans qualifies them to be more than worthy opponents for the young Canadian squad. The camp will feature 3 official games at the Talisman Centre which are scheduled for June 21 (Friday), June 23 (Sunday ) and June 25 (Tuesday). All games are scheduled for 8:00 p.m. and are open to the public.