(MONTREAL, – Water Polo Canada has confirmed today that Johanne Bégin will be taking on the Head Coach role with the Canadian senior women’s water polo team.
This appointment has historical significance, with the Quebec City native becoming the first woman to ever access this position with the Canadian water polo association. Bégin will also be joining the very small group of women to ever hold a head coaching position with a senior national water polo team and will currently be the only woman in the world to play a similar role amongst all teams preparing for the Olympics.
A former Assistant Coach with the national team until January 2014, Johanne Bégin spent a few months in Italy before returning to Canada last August, when she accepted the interim head coaching responsibilities following the departure of former coach Guy Baker.
Water Polo Canada’s High Performance Director, Roger Archambault, firmly believes in having found the right guide to help its top group of women’s athletes achieve their goals over the next years.
“Johanne has an incredible wealth of experience as an athlete. She is a two-time Olympian (2000 and 2004), was on the team for four World Championships and was on the podium for the two Pan American Games in which she took part in, in 1999 and 2003. She has a very real and intimate knowledge of what to expect over the next 18 months and how to get to where we want to go as a team. At the same time, she has shown dramatic growth and development of her coaching skills since being hired with Water Polo Canada and she really has the potential to bring this team to the next level,” said Archambault.
“On behalf of everyone at the Canadian Olympic Committee, I would like to congratulate Johanne on being appointed the new senior women’s water polo head coach. It is always a tremendous thrill to see Canadian Olympians contribute to sport applying their own experiences from competition. We wish her great success,” said Marcel Aubut, president, Canadian Olympic Committee.
“Johanne Bégin stepping on as Head Coach demonstrates once again the positive changes that have been taking place over several months within Water Polo Canada,” said the federation’s Executive Director, Martin Goulet. “Johanne stood out through a very demanding and thorough hiring process and was able to eloquently lay out her vision for the team. We are pleased that she has agreed to work with us to line up the best conditions and best resources for our athletes,” said Goulet.
Prior to redirecting her focus towards coaching, Johanne Bégin had a long and prolific career as a world-class water polo athlete. She played with the Canadian national team from 1991 until 2007 and was a highly-regarded member of several professional teams in Italy, including the famous Circolo Canotieri Club from Ortigia.