News and Announcements
For the first time in Tsunami history, not only did the club have one U14 team qualify for the NCL Western Championships, but two Tsunami teams were present at Canada’s most elite U14 competition this year!
Tsunami’s U14 girls concluded their season with a silver medal finish at the U14 Western Championships which was the highest result of any Tsunami NCL team this season. As Alberta’s 2017 Provincial Championships, Tsunami’s U14 girls experienced an undefeated Winter League Season making them a team to watch at Westerns.
After a strong weekend with wins over Saskatchewan’s Team Prairie, British Columbia’s Fraser Valley, and Alberta’s Calgary Seawolves and Calgary Mako, Tsunami earned a spot in the Championship game. Although Pacific Storm came out with the win, Tsunami’s U14 girls team had a terrific weekend.
“This was such a fun group to watch grow throughout the season and I feel very privileged to have been a part of the journey this year,” says Raine Paul, U14 Girls Head Coach. “This group of girls shows tremendous potential and I am so excited to watch them develop as a team in the future! Their work ethic, dedication, and bond as a team make them a dangerous team for anyone to play against. Storm may have had the edge on us this time…but I am already looking forward to a rematch in two years!”
With so many talented players, this U14 squad was successful this season because every girl stepped up and was determined to help the team succeed.
“Talk about a team with a ton of talent and potential. Wow, you would never guess from the way these girls play that this is their first year playing together,” says Chris Toy, U14 Westerns Assistant Coach. “Strong hole sets, a roster full of speed for the counter, dangerous shooters, an all-star goalie, and terrific teammates…this is definitley a team to take seriously. Skittles for everyone (the girls will understand)!”
Aside from the team’s success this year, Alia Burlock and Caylie Forrest were recognized for their terrific play this season. Alia Burlock won the Top Defensive Player Award at the U14 Western Championships while Caylie Forrest was named the Most Valuable Goalie at the 2017 John Csikos Alberta Open.
Congratulations to all athletes on this year’s U14 Girls Team:
1. Caylie Forrest
2. Camryn Forrest
3. Riley Zilkie
4. Bella Carriere
5. Lillia Kahanyshyn
7. Ella Cowan
8. Darby Haysom
9. Kennedy Seaborne
11. Abby Costantino
12. Alia Burlock
13. Mckenna Collinson
14. Kendra Justice
Tsunami’s U14 boys team also qualified for the 2017 Western Championships and ended their season with an 8th place finish at Westerns. Having the opportunity to compete against the strongest U14 teams in Western Canada was a terrific learning experience for this team and gave them a taste for the competition level they will face in the future.
“Their passion for water polo and hunger to learn is what make our U14 boys team so special. This group of boys eat, sleep, and breath water polo and their passion is inspiring for coaches,” says Raine Paul, U14 Boys Head Coach. “Although we had some tough games at Westerns, the boys used the experience to further motivate them to work hard and stay driven in their goal to become a competitive NCL team.”
Qualifying for Westerns was a huge success for this U14 team after they snagged the third, and final, Westerns qualification spot with their bronze medal at this seasons Provincial Championships. Tsunami is very proud of the progress this team made throughout the season and believes that their is a lot of potential in this team.
“The U14 boys are definitley a team full of promise. Their positive attitudes and dedication to the sport make them a team to watch in the future,” says Chris Toy, U14 Westerns Assistant Coach. “This squad has all the pieces necessary to one day be very, very competitive. I am excited to watch them grow over the next couple seasons.”
Join Tsunami in congratulating this season’s U14 Boys Team:
1. Findlay Gillies
3. Minh Nguyen
4. Alexander Gobeil
5. Sandro Nevesinjac
6. Drake Tinkler
8. James Glaser
9. Idreese Househ
10. Jacob Mydland
11. Luc Tessier
12. Sean Theriault
15. Alex Landshoff
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!
Hello Tsunami families!
This year Tsunami will be celebrating the success of our athletes through team and club awards at the end of the season. This will occur at the AGM/Year-end event. Our athletes put in a lot of work throughout the season and as a club we want to come together to celebrate their accomplishments as a Tsunami community!
The club is wondering if there is anyone who may have ties to a company who could be interested in sponsoring a club award. These are awards that will be awarded on an annual basis and are eligible to atheltes club-wide. Below is a list of the awards availible for sponsorship as well as a brief description of each.
If you know anyone who might be interested in getting involved, please pass this along to them and send any questions my way!
Male Athlete of the Year This award recognizes a male athlete who excels in both the classroom and the pool. Candidates for this award must be individuals who truly embody the Tsunami core values of growth, respect, positive attitude, excellence, dedication, teamwork, and passion. This award is voted on by the Tsunami coaches.
Female Athlete of the Year This award recognizes a female athlete who excels in both the classroom and the pool. Candidates for this award must be individuals who truly embody the Tsunami core values of growth, respect, positive attitude, excellence, dedication, teamwork, and passion. This award is voted on by the Tsunami coaches.
Student-Athlete of the Year This award goes to the grade 12 student with the highest cumulative high school average (ie. grade 10, 11, and 12). This is a celebration of a athlete who succeeds in the classroom.
Most Coachable Athlete This award goes to an athlete who every day comes to the pool with a terrific attitude, ready to work, and always looking for ways to improve. Candidates for this award must be coachable, hard working, and show a true passion for the sport. This award is voted on by the Tsunami coaches.
Most Dedicated Athlete This award celebrates an athlete at the club who has exemplary practice and tournament attendance. Both practice attendance and attitude are both taken into account for this award. This award is voted on by the Tsunami coaches.
Outstanding Leadership Award This is an award the recognizes the athlete at the club who acts as a leader and role model to all Tsunami atheltes. Recipients of this award must demonstrate sportsmanship, leadership, and work to build the Tsunami family. This award is voted on by the Tsunami coaches.
Teammate of the Year This award is given to an individual who the Tsunami athletes feel is a terrific teammate. Each athlete U12 and older gets to cast a vote for this award for the individual at the club they feel has great club spirit, is a role model, made them feel a part of the Tsunami family, and is an all around great teammate. This award is voted on by the Tsunami U12, U14, U16, and U19 atheltes.
Edmonton Tsunami Water Polo Club is proud to congratulate our 2017 U16 NCL Girls team on their third place finish at this year’s Western Championships. For the first time in club history Tsunami registered in the U16 female category and is thrilled to find the podium in our first NCL appearance at this level.
Tsunami upset the tournament’s first seed team, Pacific Storm, in the bronze medal match with a 10-7 win– their only win over Pacific Storm this season. This bronze medal game was the teams strongest performance of the year and a great way to conclude their 2016-17 season.
With only two athletes ever competing on an NCL team prior to this season, Tsunami’s U16 girls team’s success was a direct result of months of dedication, perseverance, and hard work from this outstanding group of athletes. After a tough start to the season with a 1-9 record, this Tsunami squad showed their resilience and not once lost sight of their goal to medal at Western’s.
“Both Tarilyn and I knew from the start of the season that this was a unique group of girls and felt that they were going to do something really special by the end of the season,” says Raine Paul, Tsunami U16 Girls Head Coach. “From day one this team supported, encouraged, and pushed each other to strive for excellence. I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with such an outstanding group of atheltes this season.”
With only three of the twelve members on this team moving up to U19 next season, this will be an exciting group to watch next season at the U16 category.
Aside from the strong performance of this U16 team, Tsunami would like to congratulate the following athletes on their individual accomplishments from the 2016-17 season:
Taylor Halbauer U16 Western Conference Top Goal Scorer (66 goals in 19 games)
Taylor Halbauer U16 Western Conference All Start Team Member
Lindy Justice 9th Top Goal Scorer in Western Conference (30 goals in 19 games)
Alia Burlock 12th Top Goal Scorer in Western Conference (28 goals in 19 games)
Tsunami 2017 U16 Girls
1. Tyler Forrest
2. Ella Cowan
3. Taylor Halbauer
4. Lindy Justice
5. Robyn Currie
8. Camryn Forrest
9. Cassidy Thorne
10. Bella Carriere
11. Alia Burlock
12. Angel LeBlanc
13. Aleah Okell
14. Abby Costantino
SAVE THE DATE
Join us for
Edmonton Tsunami Water Polo’s
End of the Year Banquet
Woodvale Facility and Golf Clubhouse
4540 – 50 Street
Edmonton, AB, T6L 6B6
More information coming soon via the Team Parents, look for an email detailing the time and ticket purchase dates.
All players with up to date registration will be covered. Tickets will be available for purchase for all parents and children not registered with Tsunami. Prices are as follows:
• 0-3 yrs free
• 4 yrs to 10 yrs – $8.00
• 10 yrs to 14 yrs – $13.00
• 15+ yrs – $25.00
We look forward to seeing everyone there to help celebrate another successful year of water polo!