November Athletes of the Month

Posted by Edmonton Tsunami on Nov 10 2018 at 10:09PM PST in 2018-2019 Season

As the oldest high performance club in Northern Alberta with more than 115 members, the Edmonton Tsunami Water Polo Club strives for excellence. Each month our coaches will be highlighting athletes from our NCL Girls, U16 Boys, Provincial Girls, and Provincial Boys programs who have demonstrated excellence both at the pool and in their lives away from Tsunami.

Join us as we congratulate the five November Athletes of the Month and learn what makes these individuals such outstanding members of our Tsunami community.

Julia Zebak

Julia Zebak is an integral piece of the Edmonton Tsunami NCL Female Program. Her unwavering positivity, desire to experience as much water as possible, and persistency towards her goals make her an incredible leader and Tsunami’s NCL Girls Athlete of the Month!

This past month Julia traveled to Germany where she spent 10 days training with a club before competing in the U18 German National Championships where her team finished second. Julia is always looking for exciting opportunities to travel and play water polo. This past summer Julia was one of four Edmonton female athletes to be invited to the National Team Centralization Camp in Montreal. After a gruelling few weeks at Centralization, Julia headed to California where she was the only Tsunami athlete to compete in the Platinum Division at the 2018 Junior Olympic Championships.

Now in her grade twelve year, Julia is a role model for what it means to be a student-athlete as she balances elite water polo, extra curricular activities, and an academic average in the 90s. Julia will be a key player on two Tsunami NCL programs this season (U19 Women and Major League Women).

Congratulations to the NCL Girls Athlete of the Month, Julia Zebak!

James Glaser

Committed, focused, hard-working and driven: These are the words that describe our U16 Boys November Athlete of the Month. James Glaser is a member of Tsunami’s U16 NCL and Youth League Boys programs where he plays a leading role for both teams.

This past month James exemplified excellence and was recognized when he showed the greatest improvement in our monthly endurance test out of all our U16 and U19 athletes. James dropped six seconds (a full second more than the next best time improvement) from his average 100m sprint in this 15×100m test. This exemplary commitment to improvement was one of the many reasons James was selected to be a member of the 2018 Team Alberta program that traveled to Auckland, New Zealand this past July. James was the only male athlete from Edmonton to be selected for the team this year.

Aside from the role James plays as a player at our club, he has also taken on a leadership role as one of seven athletes involved in Tsunami’s Coaches Mentorship Program. James feels connected to the Tsunami community and wants to support the future of our club as he works directly with our U8 and U10 Pups Programs.

Thank you James for all that you do at our club and congratulations on being recognized as a November Athlete of the Month!

Findlay Gillies

Versatility and coachability are traits all Tsunami athletes are encouraged to exemplify. Findlay Gillies displays these attributes on a daily basis through his strong desire to improve, willingness to play whatever position his team needs, and steadfast work-ethic. For these reasons, Fin was selected as the November U16 Boys Athlete of the Month.

Fin is a member of our U16 NCL Boys team where he plays a multitude of positions. Centre forward, Defender, Attacker, Goalie: No matter the position, Fin thrives as a result of his desire to compete and willingness to attack new challenges. His athleticism and attitude have made him a go-to player for his coaches who are constantly impressed by his play.

On the Youth League roster Fin plays a different role: Goalie. Now in his second season as a goalie, Fin continues to act as the backbone of this U16 squad. Often acting as the glue that keeps the team together, Fin is a key piece of the Tsunami male program.

When not at the pool Fin is one of the many multi-sport athletes at our club. This fall Fin has balanced a gruelling Tsunami training schedule, Water Polo Canada Regional Development Centre Training, and being a member of his high school cross country team. Add to this the homework demands of high school, Fin accomplished a remarkable feat by achieving 98% practice attendance for September and October where he missed just one practice in the first seven weeks of training.

Congratulations to our U16 Boys November Athlete of the Month, Findlay Gillies!

Arabelle Vollman

Arabelle Vollman is Tsunami’s Provincial Girls November Athlete of the Month. Since joining the Tsunami family in September, Arabelle has exemplified excellence. She comes to every practice with a positive attitude and is ready to give 100%. Never afraid to ask questions, set extra challenges for herself, or to ask her coaches what she can do outside of practice to improve her game, Arabelle displays hard work and dedication day in and day out.

As a result of this exemplary attitude, Arabelle has received an invitation to play for Tsunami’s Youth League Female Team. As the youngest member on this squad, Arabelle makes major contributes at both ends of the pool. Always attacking the net aggressively and looking for opportunities to help her teammates on defence, Arabelle’s coaches are excited to watch her continue to develop this season.

When Arabelle is not playing water polo she finds other exciting athletic opportunities in the water. During the summer Arabelle competes in hyrdofoiling competitions around Alberta. Her fearless approach to situations make Arabelle an outstanding athlete as she is never afraid to try new things or take on new challenges.

Congratulations Arabelle for being selected as the Provincial Girls November Athlete of the Month!

Isiah Plaza

Tsunami’s Provincial Boys November Athlete of the Month is Isiah Plaza. Since the start of the season Isiah has shown his teammates and coaches what it truly means to be a Tsunami Athlete. He constantly displays dedication and hard work at practices. His commitment to making as many practices as possible has not gone unnoticed as Isiah is showing vast improvements in his game which has earned him an invitation to play up onto the U14 Boys Team. Whether it be making big steals on defence, attacking hard on offence, or taking a shift in the net, Isiah is both a dependable and electric player in the water.

Isiah’s work ethic at practice is contagious. Although he is a U12 athlete, his focus and drive make him a role model at both the U12 and U14 levels. Isiah has all the qualities that make him one of the most coachable athletes at the club.

Thank you Isiah for being a role model for your teammates and congratulations on being recognized as the Provincial Boys November Athlete of the Month!


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