Meet our Coaching Staff
We are fortunate to have such a great and knowledgeable coaching staff this year. Without our coaches’ hard work, dedication, and efforts, our athletes would not be the same. Our line-up of coaches is one of the best in the country today! They vary from Olympians and International coaches, to young athletes giving back and mentoring the youth. Our coaches bring a variety of experience to Capital Wave and love sharing their passion for water polo with all our athletes and their parents. We encourage you to review their profiles below. Interested in joining our coaching staff? We are always looking to increase our great coaching staff! Please contact our Head Coach at firstname.lastname@example.org
16U Boys Coach
Rodrigo Rojas was born in Lima, Peru and moved to Vancouver when he was 6 years old. He began swimming at age 5 and at the age of 9 he started playing water polo with the Pacific Storm Water Polo Club. Rodrigo has played a total of 13 National Championships (4-time Gold Medalist – 16U, 18U, 22U and Senior) and over 50 international scrimmages/games while a member of Team Canada. Rodrigo, 22, will be graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce Marketing degree this June from the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University. Rodrigo has played for the Carleton Ravens varsity team for the past 5 years and is a two-time OUA’s Male MVP for his Gold medal win for the fall of 2015 and silver medal win for the fall of 2016. Rodrigo, like his father, has also played for the Peruvian National team back in 2014.
Apart from being an athlete, Rodrigo was the assistant coach for Team Ontario from 2013-2015 and has managed Canada’s Youth and Junior National Teams for the past 2 summers. He is currently the team manager for the 20U Men’s program that will be traveling to Belgrade, Serbia, for the 20U FINA World Championships this summer.
Rodrigo is a great ambassador for the sport of water polo in Canada and there is no doubt that he carries the same passion for water polo as his father. Rodrigo has his NCCP Level 2 Coaching Certification.
Splash Polo Coach
Sarah Fraser has many years of experience playing water polo at the high school, club, provincial, and the Junior National B team level in both Ontario and British Columbia. She currently plays with Capital Wave’s Active for Life program. A mother of two, Sarah coaches the Initiation and Splash Polo™ levels at Brewer Pool. Sarah aims to provide weekly activities that focus on fun in the water while building basic skills that kids can use for all aquatic activities.
Sarah’s philosophy for coaching is that people learn best when they’re having a fun in a safe and respectful environment – especially kids!
16U Girls Coach
Veronica Rojas was born in Los Angeles, California but raised in Lima, Peru until the age of 8, when her family moved to Vancouver. Once in Vancouver, Veronica started playing water polo with the Pacific Storm Water Polo club. Over the years Veronica has played in over 12 National Championships, has been a member of Team Ontario, and in 2011 she was also a member of the Women’s National Team for athletes born in 1993.
Along with coaching for Capital Wave, Veronica was an assistant coach for Team Ontario in the summers of 2013-2015 and an assistant coach for the Women’s National Development Program in 2014.
Veronica has graduated with high distinction from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology with a concentration in Law. Veronica plays with Capital Wave’s Major League team and recently won the silver medal at Senior Nationals this year. She loves working with children of all ages, and her goal is to provide a positive-mentor role model for our young athletes, as well as help them grow in their water polo career by offering them guidance and expertise from her many experiences over the years. Veronica has her NCCP Level 2 Coaching Certification.
14U and ILWP Coach
With thirteen years’ experience coaching water polo at various levels of athletic development, Adrian Steenkamer is a team player with expertise in providing technical, strategic, physical, and mental direction to athletes. He has extensive experience assistant coaching and coaching at provincial and national water polo tournaments, as well as regional (invitational) tournaments. In 2009, 2010 and 2011, his teams won gold at the provincial level and took silver at the 2011 National Championship. His recent achievement was a silver medal win at the 2017 Senior Nationals with Capital Wave’s Women’s Major League team.
Adrian has a strong belief in the long-term athletic development (LTAD) program, which considers the best interests of the athlete, not the goals of coaches or parents who might simply want to win at all costs. He has his Level 2 coaching certification with three multi-sport modules completed.
Head Coach Celso Rojas has coached all age groups and all skill levels for more than 25 years. Born in Peru, Celso was already a successful competitive swimmer when he started playing water polo at the age of 15. As team captain for the Peruvian National Water Polo Team, he participated in numerous national and international tournaments. In the 1990s, Celso had the opportunity to train with the US National Water Polo Team. During his four years in California, he fostered a number of important links within the USA water polo community. In 1994, he returned to Peru and, again, became a member of the Peruvian National Team.
Celso moved his family to Canada in 2001, settling in Vancouver where he became coach of the girls’ team at Simon Fraser University. Under his tutelage, the girls won the North West Division title, in 2004, for the first time ever.
He joined British Columbia’s Provincial Team as a development coach in 2003, and became the Provincial Head Coach from 2005 to 2008. During that period, BC teams of both genders won many national and international events. In 2008, Celso moved to Ottawa, where he coached two years for the CSL Women’s league and assisted the NDC programs. In 2014, Celso was named Assistant coach of the women’s Commonwealth Team and assistant coach of the 19U Women’s National Team. Currently, Celso is the Assistant/Mentor Coach of the 17U Men’s National Team that will be competing at the Youth Pan American Championships this summer in Lima, Peru.
Celso has his Level 4 coaching certification.
He lives in Orleans with his wife and three children. All of his children play water polo and have won many awards at the provincial and national levels.
David Hart is a 4-time Olympian. His career as an athlete, coach and leader in the sport of water polo is the most extensive of any Canadian Water Polo personality in the history of the sport.
His outstanding contribution has been felt in many capacities (athlete, coach, administrator, mentor, innovator, official, instructor, author, Talent-ID scout and volunteer) over six decades and 12 Olympic cycles (1965 to 2017 inclusive).
David has been the recipient of several prestigious Canadian sport awards and is a member of the McMaster University, Ontario Aquatic and Hamilton Sport Halls of fame.
As a coach he helped national teams capture eight international medals. He is the only Canadian to have worked with all six men’s and women’s national team programs and the first to have coached a foreign national team (Brazil).
As a leader and innovator he is recognized as the architect of several of the most significant water polo programs over the past 50 years including: The Canadian Water Polo League, The Canadian Water Polo Dream Team, The Legacy Coaching program and the I Love Water Polo program.
14U and ILWP Coach
Born in Ottawa, Greg started playing water polo in 2008. Since then, he has participated in many provincial and national championships. He was on Team Ontario in 2015 and started coaching in 2013. Greg has achieved his level one coaching qualification in October 2016 and is working towards his level two coaching qualification. He has been a qualified regional referee since March 2017. Greg is also working on achieving the provincial referee qualification. With all his experience, Greg is determined to share his knowledge and enthusiasm with younger athletes and to help them achieve their goals in water polo.
14U and ILWP Coach
Born and raised in Ottawa her whole life, Jewelle started playing water polo at age 11 with Capital Wave. She was always an active child growing up and playing team sports was the best fit for her. In her eyes, water polo was the perfect sport. Jewelle first started to play at the 14U level, but the coaches later noticed that she could soon start playing 16U and 19U competitively. Jewelle is currently on Capital Wave’s major league team and recently won silver at Senior Nationals. She has over 5 years of competitive experience, has played several summers for Team Ontario, was long listed for the youth national team, and is now focused on coaching and giving back. She has been a volunteer coach for the past 2 years and is a graduate of David Hart’s Coach Mentoring Program. She enjoys coaching all ages and is fortunate to be working with the 14U girls this season. She plans on continuing her coaching career while taking the Health and Fitness Promotion Program at Algonquin College next fall.
14U and ILWP Coach
Born in Ottawa, Madeline Hemstreet has been playing and coaching water polo for seven years now. Being a member of both the 16u and 19u competitive teams over the course of 5 years, Madeline has participated in numerous provincial and national championships across Canada. During the summers of 2014 and 2015, Madeline was selected to be a part of the provincial team which trained and played in Montreal during the month of July. During the past 2016-2017 season, Madeline participated in the semi-competitive program where she became a member of Capital Wave’s major league team who won silver at the national championship. She is currently certified as a National Lifeguard and hopes to continue sharing her love of the water through Capital Wave’s coaching program.