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ISN – (Ottawa, June 8, 2014) – Water Polo Canada is pleased to announce the hosts of the
National Championship events which will respectively crown the 2015 and 2016 water
polo National League seasons.

Previously held as single-weekend events, the National
Championships will now be played from November to May through a series of regular
season and playoff games, culminating in the annual National Finals.

“The next editions of our Championships will have a very special significance
because there will now be a massive buildup and progression over 7 months of play in
the new National League. This complete redesign of our competition structure has
been called a game changer for our sport,” said Water Polo Canada’s Director of
Domestic Development, Jeffrey Lindell.

The City of Calgary will be a particularly fertile ground for water polo in 2015. It
has been chosen to host four of the seven major domestic events for the year,
including the National Finals for the 16 and under and 19 and under age groups.

“Attracting these events to Calgary is a testament to our city’s strategic approach
to event bidding, our history of hosting world-class events and our tremendous
sporting culture and local champions,” said Marco De Iaco, Vice President, Sales,
Sport & Major Events at Tourism Calgary. “The accompanying benefits are far-reaching
including economic impact, tourism and promotional opportunities, as well as
inspiring our youth to live healthy, active lifestyles.”

The important dates and locations for the 2015 National Championships are as follows:

Event
Date
Location

Senior National Championships
March 27-29, 2015
Montreal, QC

19 and under East/West Crossover
April 23-26, 2015
Calgary, AB

14 and under

Eastern National Championship
April 24-26, 2015 or

May 1-3, 2015
Etobicoke, ON

14 and under

Western National Championship
May 1-3, 2015
Calgary, AB

16 and under

Eastern Conference Championship
May 1-3, 2015 or

May 8-10, 2015
Etobicoke, ON

16 and under

Western Conference Championship
May 8-10, 2015
Calgary, AB

National Finals (16U boys and girls, 19U men and women)
May 29-31, 2015
Calgary, AB

In 2016, the Senior Championships as well as the National Finals for the 16U and 19U
teams will move to Montreal.

“With its world-class aquatic facilities and warm, festive atmosphere, our city is
an ideal setting for hosting high-level sporting events. It goes without saying that
Tourisme Montréal warmly welcomes these water polo events in 2015 and 2016,” said
Mr. Yves Lalumière, President and CEO of Tourisme Montréal. “Our organization will
do everything it takes to ensure that athletes have a memorable stay in our city, as
we mark the 40th anniversary of the 1976 Olympics.”

The West will not be left out of the action in 2016, with three major water polo
events scheduled in the city of Surrey, B.C.

“Together with our partner Sport Surrey, we are very pleased to have been selected
to host several Water Polo Canada national events in 2015 and 2016,” says City of
Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts. “Sport tourism has significant economic and social
benefits and that is why we have been making ongoing infrastructure investments into
athletic facilities since implementing our Sport Tourism Strategy in 2009.”

The important dates and locations for the 2016 National Championships are as follows:

Event
Date
Location

Senior National Championships
April 1-3, 2016
Montreal, QC

19 and under East/West Crossover
April 21-24, 2016
Surrey, BC

14 and under

Eastern National Championship
April 22-24, 2016 or

April 29-May 1, 2016
Etobicoke, ON

14 and under

Western National Championship
April 29-May 1, 2016
Surrey, BC

16 and under

Eastern Conference Championship
April 29-May 1, 2016 or

May 6-8, 2016
Etobicoke, ON

16 and under

Western Conference Championship
May 6-8, 2016
Surrey, BC

National Finals (16U boys and girls, 19U men and women)
May 27-29, 2016
Montreal, QC

The City of Toronto will also welcome events in Etobicoke, in the Greater Toronto
Area, in both 2015 and 2016. These competitions will further enrich the already
exciting sports programming presented by the region over the next two years.

“Overall, we could not be more excited to work with such high-quality hosts to
present bigger and better water polo events for these Championships,” commented
Water Polo Canada’s Executive Director, Martin Goulet.

A committee of the national sport federation has selected the winning bids following
a revised process this year, which aimed to increase value and positive outcomes for
all parties involved in the events. The long-standing National Championships are the
flagship domestic events for water polo in Canada and bring together thousands of
water polo athletes, coaches, officials each year.

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