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11th South Florida International Tournament

On February 10, 2013, eight of the older Bushido boys went to Florida with the Provincial Water Polo Team to compete in the South Florida International Tournament. Derek Hawley is travel-ing with them as the assistant coach. If you would like to follow the team on-line check out this link or


One of our very own Bushido Athletes, Ethan Davis will be going with the Youth National Team to Perth, Australia to compete in the FINA Youth Men's Water Polo Championships from December 1-9, 2012.  Ethan has been training in Calgary with the team since the end of September and was just recently notified by the coaches that he will be going with the team to Australia.

Congratulations Ethan!


Another one of our Bushido Athletes on the Provincial Team was named to the born in 1996 National Women's Water Polo Team this past Sunday night.

Nathalie Blouin has been training hard this past week in Montreal and will be traveling on Saturday to California to compete against Team USA.

The other Manitoba girls who were also potential candidates for the 96 Women's National Team were also very close to being selected.

Congratulations to Natalie!!!


Zev Robinson has been selected to train with the born in 97/98 National Team this summer, 2012.

The team will train in Calgary from July 20-Aug 7 then a smaller group of athletes are selected to train/play in Serbia and Turkey from Aug 10-Aug 27.

This is going to be a great Water Polo and life experience for Zev.



Logan Karasinski-Borgstrom has been named an alternate for the born in 97/98 National Team this summer, 2012.

This means that if anyone drops out of the main camp then the coaches will replace that athlete with someone from the alternate list.

**Logan Karasinski-Borgstrom has now selected to the born in 97/98 National Team for this summer, 2012.  Congratulations Logan!


Lee Walker will be the lone Manitoba boy attending a National Team camp for born in 96 athletes in Victoria, BC. This camp is being held right after 16U Boys Nationals which is being held on the same weekend as 16U girls Nationals, May 18-21.

Best of luck to Lee, and Congratulations!


Congratulations to Ethan Davis for being named as one of 3 alternates to the born in 1994 National Team.

What this means is that if a player drops out of the main list for some reason then Ethan may get the call to join the team this summer.

Ethan being named as an alternate is a great example of "you gotta show up!" which is the first thing all athletes have to do in order to be a part of the Provincial Team.

Ethan was invited to attend a National Team try out camp back in April in Montreal. I can guarantee that if he did not go he would have ZERO chance of making the team or being named as an alternate.Congratulations Ethan!


Jaelyn Pierce has been named one of four alternates for the born in 93-95 National Team for this summer 2012.

What this means is that if someone drops out for some reason, then they replace that athlete with someone from the alternate list. It can be tough because you never know when you might get a call.

Jaelyn now needs to stay in shape and maintain her Water Polo skills.  It is great to know that National Team staff have taken notice of yet another Manitoba athlete.

Congratulations Jaelyn!!!


There are 5 girls from the Manitoba Provincial Team who have been identified as potential athletes for the born in 96 (and 97) Canadian National Team.

Born in 96 Canadian National Team Program for Summer 2012

The girls from Manitoba are:

  • Annika Armstrong
  • Natalie Blouin
  • Sheila Jensen
  • Amy McIntyre
  • Hanika Nakagawa

These 5 girls in addition to Kate Badger and Gio Wickett will be competing in the Women's Youth Cup in Montreal from June 29-July 7, 2012. They form half of Team Manitario, which is comprised of these 7 Manitoba athletes plus 7 Ontario players.

This will be a great event, with the girls being in the water for 9 straight days. They will be on a schedule similar to a lot of international tournaments, which will see them have a joint training session with another team in the morning plus an official game in the evening. In total they will be in the water about 30 hours over these 9 days.

At the end of the Women's Youth Cup, 15 players will be named to the born in 96 (and 97) Canadian National Team and continue training in Montreal for another week before going to California to compete against the USA.

I will be the head coach of Team Manitario and the assistant coach with the Born in 96 Women's National Team.


Five boys from the Provincial Team program will be departing for Montreal on Sunday, April 22 to attend a National Team Camp for boys born in 94 and 95.

  • Callum Smith
  • Ethan Davis
  • Kyle Beevor
  • Ivan Szkop
  • Brandon Stamm

This is really great news for these five boys but also for Water Polo in Manitoba. These boys will come back different players after this camp and will have the opportunity to elevate Water Polo in Manitoba to a higher level.

I told the boys last night after practice that the two most important things they can do at the camp is work hard, which has kind of been our motto for the whole year, and listen.

Best of luck to these five young men.


Manitoba Water Polo Association (MWPA) recently announced the return of the "Provincial Team" scheduled to start Wednesday, September 21st, 2011.

We welcome Michael Reid back to Winnipeg as the head coach of the Provincial Team. Michael has been involved in water polo since the late 1980's, and will be returning from Europe, where he currently coaches the "HERMES" water polo team in Copenhagen, Denmark. Michael brings a breadth of experience and qualifications to the head coach position, including being a certified strength and conditioning coach. For more information see Michael's CV Read my Short Form CV.

There are four provincial teams:
18U (born 1994 or earlier) male and female teams.
16U (born 1996 or earlier) male and female teams.

The Provincial Team will be made up of athletes from registered clubs of the MWPA. To be a member of the Provincial Team, players must be registered with an MWPA club. All Provincial Team athletes are expected to train with their home club 3 times a week, as well as with the Provincial Team 3 times a week, including dry‐land training.