Silver and bronze for Canada at UANA Youth Pan American Water Polo Championship

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Canada’s Youth Girls team earned a silver medal in women’s water polo during the 10-6 final game, on Saturday, at the 2013 UANA Youth Pan American Championship in Argentina. The Canadian Youth Boys team defeated the Argentinian hosts 10-6 to win the bronze medal at the conclusion of the men’s portion of the competition. The tournament was held in Buenos Aires from August 23rd to September 1st, 2013 and gathered a total of thirteen (13) squads from across the Americas and all made up of athletes under seventeen years of age (U17).

Canadian teams played at a high level in the preliminary part of the competition. Under the guidance of their head coach David Paradelo, the women earned a 4 win and 1 loss record in the prelims and secured a 2nd place ranking heading into the semi-finals on August 30. There, they successfully fought a battle against number-three-ranked Brazil to confirm their place in the Championship final against the U.S.A. on Saturday, August 31.

In the women’s final game, Canada took an initial lead 3-2 after the first period of play. The Americans reacted and reversed the advantage in their favour so that is was 5-4 by halftime. Canada was not giving up and the gap between the teams was still only a two point, 6-4, lead after the third period. Canada could however only manage an additional two goals while the Americans increased the pressure and scored four goals in the fourth, in order to take the game 10-6. In the match for the women’s bronze, Brazil won 11-8 against Puerto Rico.

“My first international tournament experience was really exciting,” said Sarah Myers, from Toronto, ON. “It was truly amazing to be here and represent Canada. “

On the men’s side, Team Canada was ranked third after the preliminary round and narrowly missed its entry in the gold medal game, losing a nail-biting 8-6 match to the U.S.A. in overtime in the semi-finals on August 30. Fighting for bronze, Canada won 10-6 against Argentina the following day.

Sean Spooner from British Columbia’s Pacific Storm and Paul Bucheff from Calgary each had 3 goals in the game. Sukhmun Hare, also from Pacific Storm, recorded 2 goals while Ontarians Colin Colterjohn, from Hamilton, and Euan Scoffield, from Ottawa, each notched single goals. Canada’s net was tended by Liam Duncan, from Calgary, who played a strong tournament despite coping with a hand injury.

“We felt like we were always in control of the game,” said team captain and Storm member Gaelan Patterson. “We set the pace, penetrated their defense and scored when we needed it most.”

Canada gladly took its place on the podium alongside champion Brazil and silver-medal winner U.S.A. “This is a well-earned win after all the hard work that the boys put in,” said Vancouver-based head coach Nikola Maric. “This game was a growth experience for our young players, who had to play in front of a boisterous hometown crowd. The team showed great character, maintained composure and controlled the game throughout.”

Nikola Maric also took a moment to thank some key contributors to the teams’ successes. “We must recognize that these medals are only possible because our teams have a great support system. On our side, we thank the technical expertise of assistant coach Daniel Tausan, the support of manager Rob Fraser and the strong leadership of Water Polo Canada’s high performance structure. We also thank our physiotherapist Dan Wilson and the whole Vancouver water polo community for helping us prepare for this important achievement.”

Source

Latest News

  • June 30, 2020
    UPDATE #20 | 30 June 2020 Advisory on COVID -19 SPORT MEDICINE ADVISORY COMMITTEE UPDATE : Disease Update The number of confirmed cases of COVID -19 is over 10 million with over 5.5 million recovered and 504,000 deaths. Mortality rate in Canada is 8...
  • June 25, 2020
    PRESS RELEASE : CSIO Announces Partnership with Bodylogix® as Official Supporter For Immediate Release TORONTO (June 25, 2020) – Canadian Sport Institute Ontario ( CSIO ) is proud to announce its partnership with Bodylogix®, a leader in clean, sport...
  • June 23, 2020
    Olympic legacies don’t stop after the closing ceremony of a Games. For many Olympians, passing on what they have learned throughout their careers to others is what drives them to better the world we all live in — by living true to the values of...
  • June 17, 2020
    UPDATE #19 | 17 June 2020 Advisory on COVID -19 SPORT MEDICINE ADVISORY COMMITTEE UPDATE : Disease Update The number of confirmed cases of COVID -19 is over 8.3 million with over 4.3 million recovered and 446,000 deaths. Mortality rate in Canada is...
  • Crystal Emmanuel running
    June 12, 2020
    Listening, learning, and taking action. Those are just some things that Team Canada athletes have called for during this time of widespread social change and awareness of what it means to be anti-racist. Many athletes have shared their personal...