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JULIA ZEBAK IS NCAA BOUND

Posted by Edmonton Tsunami at Feb 19, 2019 2:19PM PST ( 0 Comments )
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Join the Edmonton Tsunami Water Polo Club as we congratulate Julia Zebak on her recent NCAA scholarship signing with the Long Island University Blackbirds! Julia will join the Blackbirds in their inaugural season where she is sure to play a pivotal role in this NCAA program for the next four seasons. Julia closes out the Tsunami senior class as the third and final athlete to sign an NCAA scholarship offer this season.

Located in Brooklyn, New York, LIU will be adding women’s water polo to their athletic program in the fall of 2019. Julia’s relentless positivity, resolute determination, and eagerness to learn will make her an immediate leader and outstanding teammate for the Blackbirds. Julia plans to major in Biochemistry with a minor in Neuroscience at LIU.

During her two seasons with Tsunami Julia has become a major piece of our NCL program. Her consistency in the net, passion for the game, and positive energy make her an irreplaceable member of our club. Julia is a two-time Water Polo Canada AGNT long-list member and has represented Team Alberta three times. In addition to the impact Julia has made at Tsunami, she has left her mark on the Edmonton Community through her involvement with other clubs as an athlete, volunteer coach, and referee.

Not only has Julia distinguished herself as Tsunami’s top female goalie, but also as an outstanding student-athlete. Julia has maintained an academic average in the mid 90s while being a full-time AP student in the Spanish Bilingual Program.

In the few moments Julia has between studying and training, she is also involved with multiple school groups/teams. Julia plays tuba for her school band, competes on five school sports teams (swim, track, volleyball, weightlifting, and rugby), and gives back to her school through the student leadership program.

“Over the past five years Julia has done nothing but earn my respect as a coach and as a friend. The way she courageously attacks her goals, always believes in her team, and never takes no for an answer makes me confident that she will succeed as moves into the NCAA. Congratulations, Julia, Tsunami could not be more excited for you!”
– Raine Paul, Tsunami Head Coach

“Julia’s passion for the game and enthusiasm to continually grow as a player will make her an excellent addition to the Blackbird squad. I am excited to watch her rise to the occasion in this next chapter and make some waves out on the East Coast!”
– Emily Riddle, Tsunami Goalie Coach

“What separates Julia from other players is her steadfast work ethic and her willingness to improve in every game and practice. She is constantly asking questions which allows her to make adjustments and improve. This eagerness to learn is not taught and will make her successful in all her future endeavours! Go get it, Julia!”
– Chris Toy, Tsunami Assistant Coach

Congratulations, Julia! Tsunami is excited to watch you thrive at LIU. Let’s go Blackbirds!

Julia Zebak Awards and Recognitions:

  • U19 NCL National Championships Bronze Medalist (2018)
  • U19 NCL Western Championships Silver Medalist (2018)
  • Edmonton Tsunami U19 Girls Defensive Player of the Year (2018)
  • Water Polo Canada U19 National Team Long List (2018)
  • Water Polo Canada U18 National Team Long List (2018)
  • German National Championships Most Valuable Goalie (2018)
  • German National Championships Gold Medalist (2018)
  • Metro High School 100m Backstroke Provincial Record Holder & Gold Medalist (2017 & 2018)
  • Metro High School 50m Backstroke Bronze Medalist (2018)
  • U16 NCL Western Conference Allstar Team (2017)
  • U16 NCL Western Conference Most Valuable Goalie (2017)
  • Austin O’Brien High School- Swimmer of the Year (2017)
  • St. Kevin Junior High- Cross Country Runner of the Year (2016)
  • U14 NCL Western Championships Gold Medalist (2015)
  • Team Alberta (2014-2017)
  • Alberta Open MVG (2014-2016)
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TSUNAMI PRIDE!

Edmonton Water Polo Club is thrilled to announce that our head coach, Raine Paul, has been selected as the women’s 17U National Age Group assistant coach! Raine’s tireless work with Tsunami has led to many firsts for our teams and athletes which have not gone unnoticed by Water Polo Canada.

Leading up to this selection, Raine was invited to train in Montreal with the WPC coaching staff last June. Raine was also selected as the girl’s 2018 16U Team Alberta head coach. Then this past fall, she was selected as the Regional Training Centre coach for Edmonton and has been working closely with WPC’s NextGen Lead Coach David Paradelo.

Raine will be heading to Puerto Rico with the 17U National Age Group team in the fall of 2019. With this experience, we are confident that Raine will return stronger and more skilled than ever as the head coach of Edmonton Water Polo Club.

When you see Coach Raine on deck, make sure to congratulate her and let her know how much we appreciate what she is doing for our club.

Go Tsunami!

For those interested in AGNT programming, the most recent information can be found here: http://www.waterpolo.ca/admin/docs/2019%20Age%20Group%20programs_Feb%2011_EN.docx.pdf

Tsunami Welcomes Three Coaches

Posted by Edmonton Tsunami at Jan 25, 2019 10:53AM PST ( 0 Comments )
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Tsunami would like to welcome three new Senior Coaches who joined our team this season. Chris Toy, Marina Radu, and Emily Riddle have all made an immediate impact at our club and bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to our programs.

To get to know these three outstanding mentors a little better, Tsunami wants to share a quick Q&A with each!

Welcome to the Team Chris, Marina, and Emily!

Chris Toy: http://www.edmontontsunami.com/clubs/2811/pages/142381

Marina Radu: http://www.teampages.com/clubs/2811/pages/142368

Emily Riddle: http://www.teampages.com/clubs/2811/pages/142382

Taylor Halbauer Signs NCAA Scholarship

Posted by Edmonton Tsunami at Dec 11, 2018 12:33PM PST ( 0 Comments )
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Edmonton Tsunami is thrilled to congratulate Taylor Halbauer, who recently signed an NCAA water polo scholarship to Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania! This is the first time Edmonton has ever had two NCAA water polo signings in the same season and we are all excited to watch Taylor thrive in this next chapter of her career.

In the fall of 2019 Taylor will join the SFU Red Flash as a centre forward where she plans to major in Psychology. Taylor’s passion for the game, love of competition, and resiliency when faced with adversity has distinguished her as not only an outstanding athlete, but a leader in our community. Posting one of the highest attendance records at Tsunami for the past three seasons, Taylor shows incredible dedication to her club and team on a daily basis.

Taylor has been a key component of Tsunami’s NCL programs for the past three seasons and steps-up when her team needs her most. Whether it be Championship Finals, overtime/shoutouts, and in the dying minutes of play, Taylor thrives under pressure. She is one of the most dangerous and creative centre forwards in Canada. In addition to the significant contributions she makes in the offencive end, Taylor has an instinctual ability to anticipate and read the play on defence, making her a strong two-way player.

Aside from the legacy Taylor will leave in Edmonton, she has an impressive provincial, national, and international resume. She is a three-time member of Team Alberta, two-time member of Canada’s Age Group National Teams, and has competed in the USA Water Polo Junior Olympics.

“We are super excited to have Taylor joining the Red Flash! Taylor’s international experience and talent as a true center will have an immediate impact on our program.”
- Jay O’Neil, SFU Women’s Water Polo Head Coach

As the two-time Edmonton Tsunami Female Athlete of the Year (2017 & 2018), Taylor has left her mark in Edmonton where she now gives back as a coach. For the pasts three seasons Taylor has embraced her coaching role with pride and acts as a strong role model at Tsunami.

“Taylor is an athlete that any team or program would be lucky to have. Her determination, unwavering loyalty, and competitive drive constantly impress me. Although it will be bittersweet to see Taylor graduate from Tsunami this spring, I am excited to watch her compete at this next level!”
- Raine Paul, Tsunami Head Coach

“Taylor is an exciting player to watch as she has the ability to score big when her team needs her. Her game is elevated when the stakes are the highest. She will be a wonderful addition to Saint Francis and I look forward to seeing her continued success.”
- Chris Toy, Tsunami Coach

Best of luck to Taylor in the future. Tsunami is proud of all your accomplishments and look forward to seeing you play at Saint Francis. Let’s go Red Flash!

Taylor Halbauer Awards and Recognitions:

  • Team Canada Youth World Championships (2018)
  • U19 NCL National Championships Bronze Medalist (2018)
  • MLWP NCL National Championships Silver Medalist (2018)
  • U19 NCL Western Championships Silver Medalist (2018)
  • U19 NCL Western League All-Star Team Selection (2018)
  • U19 NCL Western League Second Top Scorer (2018)
  • Edmonton Tsunami Female Athlete of the Year (2018)
  • Edmonton Tsunami U19 Girls Offensive Player of the Year (2018)
  • Team Canada Youth Pan American Championships (2017)
  • U16 NCL Western Championships Bronze Medalist (2017)
  • U16 NCL Western League Top Scorer (2017)
  • U16 Western NCL All-Star Team Selection (2017)
  • Edmonton Tsunami Female Athlete of the Year (2017)
  • Edmonton Tsunami U16 Girls MVP (2017)
  • U14 NCL Western Championships Gold Medalist (2015)
  • U14 NCL Western Championship Top Offensive Player (2015)
  • Team Alberta (2014-2017)

Lindy Justice Going to NCAA

Posted by Edmonton Tsunami at Nov 28, 2018 3:04PM PST ( 0 Comments )
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On behalf of everyone at Tsunami, we want to congratulate Lindy Justice who will be playing NCAA water polo at McKendree University next fall!

Lindy is the first Edmonton athlete to accept an NCAA water polo scholarship since 2014. In the fall of 2019 Lindy will be moving to Lebanon, Illinois where she plans to major in Biology. As an outstanding student-athlete, Lindy has thrived in both the pool and classroom as an honours student throughout high school. Her organizational skills, work ethic, and drive make her a leader and role model at our club.

For the past eight years Lindy has been a major piece of the Edmonton and Alberta water polo communities. Lindy has won three NCL Western Championship medals, one NCL National Championship medal, and played for Team Alberta at the U14 and U16 levels. Moving beyond the Canadian landscape, Lindy has competed in four USA Water Polo Junior Olympic Championships with SB805 (Santa Barbara, California). Lindy gives back to her water polo community through her role as an AWPA provincial referee.

As an ASSA provincial gold medalist and record holder, Lindy brings incredible power to any team. In addition to her remarkable speed and endurance, Lindy is a playmaker through her physicality, offensive/defensive skills, and determination.

“You will be hard pressed to find an athlete with a stronger work ethic than Lindy. Lindy’s focus, coachability, drive, and leadership have distinguished her as one of Tsunami’s top female athletes. She sets incredibly high standards for herself and is never afraid of putting in the work to go after these goals. I have been very fortunate to coach Lindy for the past three seasons and know she is going to leave her mark on McKendree in the same way she has at Tsunami.”
- Raine Paul, Tsunami Head Coach

“Lindy has all the attributes to not only be a very successful water polo player, but also to succeed in life. Her sheer determination and willpower set her apart from others. It will be exciting to watch Lindy thrive as a student and athlete at McKendree.”
- Chris Toy, Tsunami Coach

“Lindy is one of the most hard working and dedicated athletes I have ever had the pleasure of coaching. She deserves every success. McKendree is gaining an amazing young athlete and I look forward to seeing what accomplishments the future has in store for her.”
- Tarilyn McAuley, Tsunami Coach

Not only has Lindy excelled in water polo, she also plays on four high school sports teams. Lindy is a member of the Vimy Ridge Academy volleyball, swim (2017 gold medalist and record holder), badminton, and track and field teams where she displays her remarkable athleticism across many platforms. Lindy was recognized as the 2017-18 Vimy Ridge Female Athlete of the Year.

Congratulations Lindy and best of luck next season at McKendree! Let’s go Bearcats!

Lindy Justice awards and recognitions:

  • U19 NCL Western Championship Silver Medalist (2018)
  • MLWP NCL National Championship Silver Medalist (2018)
  • Vimy Ridge Academy Female Athlete of the Year 2017-18
  • Metro Athletics Athlete of the Week (2018)
  • USA Water Polo Academic All American (2018)
  • Metro Athletics High School Swimming Gold Medalist (2017-2018)
  • Metro Athletics High School Swimming Record Holder (2017-2018)
  • Vimy Ridge Academy Athlete of the Month (2017)
  • Edmonton Tsunami U16 Girls Top Offensive Player (2017)
  • U16 NCL Western Championship Bronze Medalist (2017)
  • Rachor Trophy Winner: ASSA Provincial Championships Top 15-17 Female Award (2016 & 2017)
  • USA Junior Olympics Bronze Medalist (2016)
  • U14 NCL Western Championship Top Defensive Player (2015)
  • U14 NCL Western Championship Gold Medalist (2015)
  • Team Alberta Member (2014-2017)
  • ASSA Provincial Championship Gold Medalist (2007-2018)
  • ASSA Provincial record holder
  • ASSA Summer Games medalist