Tsunami Athletes Named to WPC AGNT Long-Lists

Posted by Edmonton Tsunami on May 09 2017 at 09:01AM PDT in 2016-2017 Season

After one of Tsunami’s most successful club seasons in recent years we are excited to congratulate the five Tsunami athletes who have been named to Water Polo Canada (WPC) Age Group National Team (AGNT) programs for the summer of 2017. Taylor Halbauer, Milan Laban, Jovan Kostadinovic, Vukasin Radosavljevic, and Alexandar Nikolic have been named to Water Polo Canada AGNT team long-list.

Taylor Halbauer was listed among 30 other Canadian athletes considered for the 17U Women’s National Team set to compete at the 2017 Pan-American games in Lima, Peru this June/July. This is Taylor’s first time being named to a WPC National Team long-list and Tsunami wishes her the best of luck and hope to see her name on the Initial Team List (14 athletes + 8 alternates) which will be announced on May 12th.

“This long-list recognition could not be more deserved. Taylor is one of Tsunami’s most dedicated athletes who lives and breaths water polo….not to mention she is crazy talented! Water Polo Canada is lucky to have an impact player like Taylor on their radar and I hope she has the opportunity to compete for Canada this summer,” says Raine Paul, U16 Girls and Tsunami Head Coach.

No stranger to the WPC system, Milan Laban has earned himself a position on the Men’s National Team (MNT) long-list for 20U World Championships making this his 6th long-list appearance. Should Milan make the final list he will travel to Belgrade, Serbia for World Championships August 3rd-13th.

“Milan is a very talented player, but it is his passion for the game and work ethic that distinguish him as a great player. He plays with an intensity level very difficult to match and motivates his teammates to join his level of competitiveness and excitment. This makes him a natural leader on the U19 team at Tsunami and inspires anyone fortunate enough to have an opportunity to play with him,” says Chris Toy, Tsunami U19 Mens Assistant Coach.

“Milan brings a good energy to the pool deck. He is a hard worker and a team player. Demanding the best for himself and his teammates, I am grateful I got to coach him and see him develop to the person and player he is now,” says Alex Parrish, Tsunami U19 Mens Head Coach.

The 2017 Canadian FISU list has three Tsunami athletes named to the top 16 list for this summers Universiade Games in Taipei, Taiwan. Jovan Kostadinovic and Vukasin Radosavljevic are among the top 16 athletes named and Alexandar Nikolic joins them as an alternate for this program. The FISU games happen every other summer and celebrate student-athletes from around the world who have continued to play water polo while pursuing university degrees.

Jovi is pursuing his Bachelors in Commerce at MacEwan University and will be entering his second year of studies this fall. This is Jovi’s 5th long-list appearance and should he make the final list, this will be his second time competing for Canada on the international stage.

“Everyone knows Jovi is a goal scorer and there’s nothing wrong with that. He is a very offensively talented individual which landed him a spot on the 2017 U19 Western Conference Mens All-Star Team. With his clutch goals he breathes life and excitement to his team,” says Coach Chris.

“Jovan is a strong and determined. He demonstrates his dominance on offence and leads the team with points. Always being competitive in and out of the pool gives give him his edge. Watch out, because he will also swim you,” says Coach Alex.

This is the 7th WPC AGNT long-list appearance for Vuki and could be his second chance to represent Canada should he make the final roster. Vuki is also studying at MacEwan University with hopes to transfer to a Sciences program next year.

“Vuki is a very intelligent player. He is able to read the game incredibly well. Combining that with his varied shooting ability and positional versatility makes him a dangerous player to play against. He has the water polo skills to do anything you need in the game; Vuki is a true utility player,” says Coach Chris.

“Vuki is a natural leader in and out of the pool and he knows the game very well. He is looked up to by the younger players. You can always count on something improvised and unexpected in the water from him,” says Coach Alex.

The final Tsunami athlete named to a long-list is Alexandar Nikolic who returned to the water polo scene this year after talking a few years off to focus on his studies. Alex is currently studying Kinesiology at the University of Alberta.

“Returning to water polo after an extended period of time off is never easy. For Alex to return to the water polo community and make his way onto a WPC list with so many talented athletes speaks volumes to his talent as a player! As an athlete who is incredibly versatile, Alex brings a lot to a team as he can play in a variety of positions,” says Coach Raine.

The 20U Women’s National Team list will be the final WPC AGNT athlete list to be released and is expected to come out later this month. Tsunami hopes to see a few more familiar names on that list.

Again, join us in congratulating the Tsunami athletes named to these teams. We wish you all the best of luck in the final roster selections and international competitions this summer!


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