Monday, February 28, 2011

Florida Training Camp!

We just got back from a week-long training camp in Pompano Beach, Florida. Our coaches and trainers kicked our butts! But we got some great weather and got in some great workouts! Check out the "Florida Camp 2011" album on facebook for a few shots of the trip!

February's Athlete of the Month: Krystina Alogbo


Position: Center Forward
Height: 165cm
Canadian Club: Camo
Hometown: Riviere Des Prairie, Quebec
Current Residence: Montreal, Quebec
Current Club: Camo
Education: Concordia University student
Years on the National Team: 6

Check out her video on YouTube 

Krystina burst onto the international water polo scene by scoring all three of Canada’s regulation goals and the shootout winner in the gold medal game versus the USA at the 2003 World Junior Championships in Calgary.  She finished in the top 10 in scoring with 16 goals and was named to the tournament all-star team. She once again made the all-star team two years later at her second world junior championships making her the only player to do this twice.
Krystina made the jump to the senior national team in 2005 as part of the bronze medal winning team at the FINA World Aquatic Championships and hasn’t looked back since.  Now the captain of the Women’s National Team, Krystina lead her team to back to back silver medal performances during the summer of 2009 at the World League Super Final and the FINA World Aquatic Championships earning MVP honours in the later.
When not in the pool, Krystina likes to hang out with loved ones and spends as much time as she can with friends and family. She is currently enrolled at Concorida University as an independent student.

• Junior World Aquatic Championships 2003- 1st (All Star Team)
• Junior Pan-American Games 2004 – 2nd
• Junior World Aquatic Championships 2005 – 6th (All Star Team)
• FINA World Aquatic Championships 2005- 3rd
• FINA World League Super Final – 6th
• FINA World Aquatic Championships 2007- 6th
• Pan-American Games 2007 – 2nd
• FINA World League Super Final – 2nd
• FINA World Aquatic Championships 2009 – 2nd (MVP)

• 2003 Youth National Championship – 1st
• 2003 Junior National Championship – 1st
• 2004 Youth National Championship – 3rd
• 2004 Junior National Championship – 1st
• 2005 Junior National Championship – 1st
• 2005 Senior National Championship – 1st
• 2006 Senior National Championship – 1st

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Radio-Canada Coverage

Radio-Canada interviews Patrick Oaten, Krystina Alogbo, and Christine Robinson about their Olympic journey.

They also show clips of the Women's Water Polo Team giving back to their community when they spend an afternoon with the young athletes of the St. Michel Water Polo Club in Montreal.

Thank you Radio-Canada for your coverage. And thanks to the St. Michel Water Polo Club for hosting us. They are a talented young group to watch out for in the future...

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Training in California & Arizona!

We recently had training camps in California and Arizona. We were hosted by a number of teams that treated us very well. Including: Stanford, Arizona State University, San Jose State, and Berkeley. A big thanks goes out to all these teams for their hospitality.  Here is a picture of us with Arizona State University (the man jumping in front of the camera is assistant coach Andrew Robinson - he decided to join in on the fun that day). 

Here is a picture of us at the top of a small mountain after a short hike in Arizona:

Thanks again to all our hosts!!

Next trip......FLORIDA!!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Christine Robinson - January's Athlete of the Month!

Hey, so we know we are a day late with this one - we hope you will let it slide for this month! We had a busy 10 ten days doing a University tour. Stay tuned for an update on that. 

Meet Christine Robinson:

Birth date: May 17, 1984
Position: Center Forward/ Center Guard
Height: 6’0”
Current Residence: Lachine, Quebec
Current Club: Dollard Water Polo Club
Education: McGill University - Degree in Physiology
Years on the National Team: 8

Christine started playing water polo when she was 12.  And she did not wait long to make a name for herself in the Canadian Water Polo community. She made the junior national team in 1999 after only three years of water polo experience and has been playing internationally for Canada ever since. She captained the 2003 Junior National Team to Canada’s first Gold Medal performance at a World Championship since 1981. At the event she finished in the top ten in scoring with an impressive 16 goals and excelled in the center forward position for her team.  Christine made her debut with the senior team in the 2004 qualification tournament for the Olympic Games. Her play at that event secured her a spot on the roster for the 2004 Athens Olympics, fulfilling a lifelong dream.  Christine’s most recent accomplishment was a silver medal at the FINA World Aquatic Championships this past summer in Rome.  Her future goals include winning a gold medal at the FINA World Aquatic Championships this summer in Shanghai, China, and qualifying for the 2012 Olympic Games by winning the Pan-American Games this October, in Guadalajara, Mexico. 

2007: 1st at Senior National Championships
2007: MVP at Senior Nationals
2008: MVP at CSL Championship
2010: 1st at Senior National Championships

2003: Gold at FINA Junior World Aquatic Championships (Calgary, Alberta)
2004: 7th at Olympic Games (Athens, Greece)
2005: Bronze at FINA World Aquatic Championships (Montreal, Quebec)
2007: Silver at Pan-American Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
2007: 6th at FINA World Aquatic Championships (Melbourne, Australia)
2009: Silver at the World League Super Finals (Kirishi, Russia)
2009 - Silver at the FINA World Aquatic Championships (Rome, Italy)

Check out some clips of her here on YouTube!!