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 past 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)