ISN – (OTTAWA, August 30, 2014) – Canada’s national water polo team will be shooting for
the world’s 18U women’s title on Sunday, August 31, in Madrid, Spain.
The Canadians will battle against neighbours and historical rivals from the U.S.A. while
attempting to claim the top spot out of the sixteen teams participating in the
second edition of the international water polo competition organized by FINA.
Canada earned its place in the championship game by winning a nail-biting encounter
in the semi-finals, 10-9 against Hungary on Saturday. After taking an initial 5-0
lead during the first period of play, the Canadians then had to keep their cool in
order to contain a steady comeback from the Hungarians. The score had progressed to
a close 9-7 at the beginning of the fourth quarter, enough for the Europeans to stay
hopeful, but their offense ultimately fell just short.
“We had a very strong start in this game and it set the tone to allow us to stay
ahead throughout the whole match,” said team captain Emma Wright, of Lindsay, ON.
“Everyone stayed focused and we thankfully came out on top,” she said.
Kyra Christmas and Kindred Paul, both from Calgary, AB, each had two goals in the
game, as did Axelle Crevier, of Montreal, QC, and Hayley McKelvey, of North Delta,
BC. Sarah Myers from Toronto and Kelly Matthews from Pierrefonds, QC, also
registered single goals.
The Canadian coaching staff was pleased with the athletes’ contribution. “The ladies
were disciplined with the game plan and were therefore very successful on both sides
of the pool,” said assistant coach Brooke Zimmerman. “Despite the physical style of
the Hungarians, our team kept its composure and focused on the task at hand,” she
Sunday’s Canada-U.S.A. game is set for 6:30 p.m., local time in Madrid, with live
“We are very excited for Sunday’s match,” said captain Emma Wright. “We believe that
we have a strong chance of being world champions,” she said.
In the first edition of the FINA Youth Worlds, in 2012, in Perth (AUS), Greece,
Hungary and Russia were the three squads to reach the podium, earning gold, silver
and bronze respectively. The U.S.A. and Canada finished 4th and 5th.
Canadian roster at 2014 FINA World Women’s Youth Water Polo Championships (random
1. Alicia Magliocco, DDO, Pierrefonds, QC
2. Amy Yule, Team SASK, Regina, SK
3. Auriel Bill, SASK, Estevan, SK
4. Axelle Crevier, CAMO, Montreal, QC
5. Emma Wright, MAVERICKS, Lindsay, ON
6. Hayley McKelvey, PACIFIC STORM, North Delta, BC
7. Joelle Nacouzzi, DDO, Pierrefonds, QC
8. Kelly Matthews, DDO, Pierrefonds, QC
9. Kindred Paul, CALGARY RENEGADES, Edmonton, AB
10. Kyra Christmas, CALGARY RENEGADES, Calgary AB
11. Sarah Myers, MAVERICKS, Toronto, ON
12. Taylor Vijh, DDO, Baie d’Urfe, QC
13. Ymane Hage, CAMO, Laval, QC
Alternate: Mathilde Ribordy, HYDRES/CAMO, Quebec City
18U Women’s Team Staff
Head Coach: David Paradelo, Montreal, QC
Assistant Coach: Brooke Zimmerman, Calgary, AB
Assistant Coach/Manager: Angela Johnson, Cranbrook, BC