Saskatoon, SK – The Saskatchewan Water Polo Association and Saskatoon Sports Tourism are excited to announce two major water polo events which will be held in Saskatoon. The Shaw Centre has been chosen as the location for the 22U Women’s National Club Championship (May 25 to 27) and Water Polo Canada’s National Development Premier League, a men’s 18-and-under league.
These are the first major water polo competitions to be hosted in Saskatoon.
“We are looking forward to welcoming these exciting events to our city,” said Randy Fernets, managing director of Saskatoon Sports Tourism. “These events put the Water Polo Canada stamp of quality on the Shaw Centre, certifying it as one of the best aquatic centres in Canada. We know that athletes and fans alike will be pleased with Saskatoon and the Shaw Centre. There is sure to be more competitive water polo in Saskatoon’s future.”
The National Development Premier League, which launched its inaugural season earlier this month, was created to increase the capacity of the Canadian Club System by providing high performance opportunities for water polo athletes, coaches and referees. The league represents six men’s 18-and-under teams from across Canada: Vancouver Pacific Storm, Calgary Torpedoes, Team Saskatchewan, Dollard-des-Ormeaux Water Polo Club, Montreal Water Polo Club and the York Mavericks from Toronto.
Team Saskatchewan is facing the Vancouver Pacific Storm in two games scheduled Saturday and Sunday (January 21 and 22). The next regular season series in Saskatoon will be played March 3 and 4 against Calgary.
The events on Saturday and Sunday coincide with a training camp for Team Saskatchewan, as they prepare to host the 22U Women's National Club Championship. This event is one of Water Polo Canada’s most prestigious competitions, and the members of Canada’s junior national water polo team will compete with their respective clubs for the championship. Players participating in this tournament will form future national teams, competing in the 2016 Olympics and beyond.
“This is an exciting time for water polo in Saskatchewan,” said tournament director Evan Andrews. “Together with the help of our local clubs, Water Polo Canada, and external partnerships, these upcoming events will be a chance to show a broader audience the potential and successes of our athletes in this growing sport.”
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For more information, contact:
Contact: 22U Women’s National Club Championship
Direct: (306) 551-6797
Water Polo Saskatchewan
Contact: National Development Premier League
Direct: (306) 780-9260
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Saskatoon Sports Tourism
Direct: (306) 931-7583
About Saskatoon Sports Tourism
Saskatoon Sports Tourism was created to guide the attraction, retention and creation of sports tourism activities in Saskatoon. Saskatoon Sports Tourism assists event organizers to locate local suppliers, sports venues, and hotel accommodations and helps increase local awareness and attendance at events. For more information, visit www.saskatoonsportstourism.com.
About Water Polo Saskatchewan
Water Polo Saskatchewan is the provincial sport governing body responsible for the development and administration of water polo in the province. Water Polo Saskatchewan encourages participation through athlete centered and member driving programming and is committed to the development of its athletes. For more information, visit www.wpsask.ca.