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
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
The Edmonton Tsunami Water Polo Club is excited to start perparing for next season. Part of the preparation process for next season includes working to expand our coaching staff! We are looking for passionate, dynamic, committed, and enthusiastic individuals to join this team! As a club committed to developing team-driven student-athletes, Tsunami coaches are expected to exemplify Tsunami’s core values and act as role models to the 100+ athletes at this high performance club. With a range of different coaching roles, Tsunami is a great fit for coaches of all skill levels.
Tsunami will be accepting applications until Monday, May 15th. Candidates selected for interviews will then be contacted. The 2017-18 coaching staff will be announced Thursday, June 1.
Below is a list of the various coaching positions the club will have next season:
– U19 NCL Males
- U16 NCL Boys
- U19/16 NCL Women/Girls
- U14 Provincial Boys
- U14 Provincial Girls
- U12 Provincial Boys
- U12 Provincial Girls
- U10 Community Boys & Girls
- U8 Learn-to-Swim
- Assistant General Manager (U12, U10, U8 Programming Organizer)
- Goalie Coach
- Endurance Coach
- Junior/Volunteer Coaches
If you have any questions contact our Head Coach, Raine Paul, at email@example.com or (780) 499-3513
Interested in staying in the pool and after the Tsunami water polo season is done???
If you love the water and enjoy the camaraderie of a team – come and join the HUMA swim club!
HUMA is a competitive swim club designed for youths aged 4 to 17, swimming at the University of Alberta’s West Pool. HUMA offers high quality professional coaching and technique instruction. Our coaches are NCCP certified and have extensive experience. As a summer swim program we run from May to mid August, with practices offered every weeknight. For further information check out our website: www.humaswimclub.com or contact Tracy Justice, HUMA Swim Club president at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration for New Swimmers:
Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Kinsmen Aquatic Centre (in the spectator area near the score board)
Spaces are limited, registration will be accepted on a first come, first served basis upon receipt of the complete registration package by the Registrar (all signed forms and post dated cheques and/or e-Transfer).
If registration is full, a 2017 wait list will be started.