News and Announcements
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 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!
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!
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 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!
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!
Edmonton Oil Kings Home Opener
Get your tickets now to support Tsunami and enjoy an evening of great hockey!
Friday, September 21
Only 125 tickets available.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to save your tickets.
The other date to purchase is December 8.
Let’s get together for a great evening and a chance to connect with our Tsunami family.
Tsunami’s practice schedule for the 2018-19 season has been finalized. Please review the schedule that applies to your athlete.
Tsunami season start dates are listed below:
- U14, U16, and U19 – Monday, September 17
- U12 – Tuesday, September 18
- U10 – Wednesday, October 3
- U8 – Friday, October 5
- MLWP – Monday, October 1
Hello Tsunami Families,
Registration for the 2018-19 Tsunami Season is now open!
We are excited to announce that many of our key coaches will be returning next season including our Head Coach and NCL Female Coach, Raine Paul, who spent time this summer in Montreal being mentored by Senior National Team coaches and staff!
Early-bird registration will be available to athletes who complete the online registration by August 14th at midnight. To be eligible for the early-bird discount, athlete accounts must be up-to-date with no outstanding balances.
Athletes will be asked to make a non-refundable deposit with their early-bird registration. For NCL athletes, this deposit will be applied to their travel account. For U10/12/14 athletes, this deposit will be applied to the athlete’s registration fee.
2018-19 Registration: http://www.edmontontsunami.com/forms/18206-2018-19-Tsunami-Registration
*Please note that these fees do not include the AWPA/WPC insurance fee
If you have any questions regarding our 2018-19 registration, please email Tsunami President Kelly Thorne (email@example.com) who will direct your question to the appropriate board member.
Go Tsunami Go!
2018 Water Polo @ The Lake
Tsunami is thrilled to host “Water Polo at the Lake” for the second summer! This camp is an awesome opportunity for athletes to work on individual skills and experience water polo in a truly unique setting. Grab your sleeping bag and sunscreen and join us this August as we make lasting memories at Long Lake! What better way to end your summer than an exciting four-day water polo camp at one of Alberta’s cleanest lakes.
The 2018 camp will be co-hosted by coaches Raine Paul and Mat Constantin with assistant coaches to be announced mid July. Both Raine and Mat coached at the 2017 camp and are excited to elevate the camp this summer. With more than 12 hours of water polo skill instruction, other camp activities will also be offered throughout the week. Canoeing, distance lake swims, dry-land exercises, campfires, and teamwork games are just a few of the exciting activities planned.
To improve on the camp from last summer, the dates for the camp this year have been moved to August 1-5. This is the warmest week at the camp all summer so water temperatures will be higher than last summer. Transportation, accommodation, food, and a camp t-shirt are all included with your registration.
With only 40 spots available we encourage you to register ASAP to reserve your spot. Camp requires 20 athletes to run and registration will close at noon on July, 17th.
Who: Athletes born in 2003-2007
When: Wednesday, August 1st (5 pm drop-off at Kinsmen Sports Centre) – Sunday, August 5th (return to Kinsmen Sports Centre at 4pm)
Where: Long Lake Outdoor Education Centre (90 minutes North of Edmonton)
Cost: $600 (includes transportation, accommodation, food, activities, and a camp t-shirt)
Registration Deadline: July 17th at 12:00 pm
Please contact Coach Raine with any questions. We hope to see you there!