Thanks to all the Team Managers and to Lisa for all the email and website updates. I will try not to duplicate efforts and present material from a coach’s perspective.
Perth Candy Cane
WAVE certainly had a memorable experience at Perth. Thank to our gracious hosts and the abundant amount of candy, a good time was had by all. The results have been posted here.
There were some massive improvements from Elyse, Gillian, Paige, Caitlyn, Zach, Orion, Lukasz, Diego, Katerina, Hugo, Emma-Sofia, Brie, Levi and Scott. Well done! It’s been a hard few weeks with everyone getting sick, so the good performances are certainly welcomed!
A few of our swimmers were going for Regional times. There is another opportunity to get Regional times at the NKB meet in January. And, remember, that there are two Regional level swim meets – short course and long course. If you attended Regionals last year, it would have been long course in June at the Nepean Sportsplex.
So, how do you win every game and end up with a Bronze? You head to beautiful Kitchener-Waterloo, that’s how. The 13U and 15U teams went undefeated at the tournament and showed once again that the WAVE style of playing water polo is starting to pay off.
Water polo is a physical game, not a violent game. There should never be any intent to injure. Our experience in K-W shows that WAVE uses it’s speed to counter any over-aggression from the opposition and it’s working.
The coaching staff is looking forward to Provincials, knowing that WAVE is ready for the challenges ahead.
Ribbons from Perth will be coming to our Head Ribbon’r Tara. Ribbons for Belleville have not been received yet.
Invitations for the NKB meet have been sent out. Expressions of interest are also being collected for the Omnium Water Polo tournament in Montreal.
The calendar for 2023 is starting to fill in. We are still filling in some spots but most swim meets will be in town or close to town as the polo season kicks in to high gear in the Spring and most tournaments require travel. The last event will be the Maddy Kort Invitational in Belleville. This is a great way to end the year. And then it’s my favourite season – open water season.
Thank you to the athletes who have filled out their goal sheets for the next part of the year. It’s important for the coaching staff to have this information so that we can understand what inspires and drives their athletes and to help make their goals a reality. The goal sheet can be found here.
Life is always better in the water,
- December 17 – Yellow & Blue: Santa’s Gotta Boogaloo!
- January 20 – 22 – NKB Invitational (SWIM)
- January 27 – 29 – CAMO Omnium Tournament 13U & 15U (Polo)
- February ?? – Swim to the Beat SWOTT (SWIM)
- February 3 – Short Course Regionals in Belleville (SWIM) ** Qualifying swimmers
- February 18 – 19 – Festivals in Markham (SWIM) ** Qualifying swimmers
- March 31 – April 2 Mavericks March Madness 11U & 13U & 15U (Polo)
- April 21 – 23 – 11U/15U Provincials in Etobicoke (Polo)
- April 28 – 30 – 13U Provincials TBC (Polo)
- May 4 – 7 – 15U Eastern National Championships TBC (Polo)
- June ?? – Long Course Regionals
- June 11 – Brockville Splash and Grill (SWIM)
- June 24 – 25 – Maddy Kort Invitational in Belleville (SWIM)
- July 15 – Bring on the Bay Open Water 3K / 1.5K (SWIM)
- August 12 – RiverKeeper Open Water 4K / 1.5K (SWIM)