Canadian men’s water polo team announced for World Championships

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Louis Daignault (ISN)

July 11, 2013, Ottawa, ON (ISN) – Water Polo Canada has confirmed its roster for the men’s tournament at the upcoming FINA World Championships to be held in Barcelona, Spain, from July 19 to August 4, 2013.

The selected group includes Olympians Justin Boyd, Kevin Graham, Constantine Kudaba and Robin Randall (Beijing 2008). A large proportion of the team also played at the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai, where Canada’s men finished 10th.

“Even though the group is young by international standards, the team has an established core who knows what to expect,” said head coach Alex Beslin. “We are also introducing some younger guys as we keep looking for ways to move our group of athletes to the next level.”

The men left Calgary on June 8 for a final training camp in Serbia ahead of the World Championships. The last weeks were dedicated to intense preparations, with the team undergoing a training camp in Montenegro in early June and then hosting their Serbian counterparts later in the month in Alberta.

“We only get to really measure ourselves against the best every few years,” said Beslin. “These games are critical in order to measure our progress, make sure we are on track and continue to move upward.” Beslin, a Calgary resident, will experience his first Worlds as head coach of the Canadians and will be assisted by Brian Parillo from Montreal.

The following athletes have been selected for the 2013 FINA World Championships:

Athlete

Age

Hometown

Canadian Club Affiliation

Robin Randall

33

Drinkwater

Team Saskatchewan

Constantine Kudaba

26

Port Coquitlam

Pacific Storm

Devon Diggle

25

Montreal

Dollard

Nicolas Constantin-Bicari

21

Repentigny

CAMO

Justin Boyd

24

Beaconsfield

Dollard

Scott Robinson

22

Calgary

Calgary Torpedoes

John Conway

21

Ottawa

Ottawa Titans

Kevin Graham

27

Regina

Regina Squids

Dusan Radojcic

20

Toronto

Scarborough Shadows

Luka Gasic

21

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Club de Water Polo Laval

Oliver Vikalo

21

Calgary

Calgary Torpedoes

Jared Mcelroy

22

Calgary

Calgary Torpedoes

Ivan Marcisin

 23

Hamilton Ontario

Hamilton Aquatic Club

Alec Taschereau

19

Ottawa

Ottawa Titans

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