Saturday, December 4, 2010

December Athlete of the Month: Marina Radu

Meet the December Athlete of the Month:

Marina Radu

Birth date: September 5, 1984
Height: 5’11
Hometown: Pointe-Claire
Current Residence: Montreal
Current Club: Dollard Water Polo Club
Education: Concordia University studying Human Relations.
Years on the National Team: 7

Marina got her start playing water polo at Cedar Park Pool in Pointe-Claire.  After joining the Dollard Water Polo Club, she quickly made her way up the chain to the Quebec Team and the Junior National Team.  After this natural progression, Marina has now been on the National Team for 7 years. Marina’s introduction to international water polo came in the form of a gold medal at the 2003 World Junior Championships held in Calgary, Alberta. Her contributions to that championship were quite impressive, finishing the tournament with 12 goals. Marina made her debut with the senior national team at the 2004 Olympic Qualification tournament where she helped Canada earn a spot at the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.  Marina is currently a student at Concordia University in Human Relations.  She hopes to one day have a career in broadcast journalism. But her first dream is to represent Canada at the 2012 Olympic Games and bring home a medal.

Career Highlights:

2001 Youth National Championships – 1st
2001 Junior National Championships – 1st
Marina's Video2002 Youth National Championships – 1st
2002 Junior National Championships – 1st
2004 Senior National Championship – 1st
2007 Senior National Championship – 1st

2003: Junior World Aquatic Championships (Calgary, Alberta) - 1st
2004: Olympic Games (Athens, Greece) - 7th
2007: World Aquatic Championships (Melbourne, Australia) - 6th
2007: Pan American Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) - 2nd
2009: FINA World League Super Finals (Kirishi, Russia) - 2nd
2009: World Aquatic Championships (Rome, Italy) - 2nd

                                                                                                                       Check out her video on YouTube!

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