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Manitoba Water Polo Association is looking for 4 volunteers  – special program initiative!

Are you interested in helping grow water polo in Manitoba? Do you enjoy working with kids, or need volunteer hours for school? If so, this volunteer opportunity is for you!

The Manitoba Water Polo Association is looking for four (4) volunteers to help run three 1-day community outreach Intro to Water Polo Programs this summer at the University of Manitoba's Joyce Fromson Pool (Fort Garry Campus). 

Working with Kelsey Johansen (Instructor, Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management, University of Manitoba, and 14U Neptunes Coach), you will help teach 30 kids, age 8 -11 about water polo as a part of the University of Manitoba's Mini U Water Sports Camp.

Topic covered include: basic eggbeater, throwing / shooting, and running a fun scrimmage.

Dates: July 21st 2017 (Friday), August 2nd 2017 (Tuesday) and August 25th 2017 (Friday)

Times: 9:00am - 11:30am

Please bring: A whistle, deck cloths / shoes and bathing suit.

No certification required, however preference will be given to those athletes able to volunteer for all three days and who have competed at the 19U or 16U competitive levels (or those aging up into those categories in the Fall).

For more information, please email:  KelseyMJohansen@gmail.com



Thanks to everyone for a fantastic May long weekend camp. Serious training....serious FUN!

Special thanks to Justin, Robin and Alain from Water Polo Canada for their support of MWPA.

12U/14U group

16U/19U group


2017 AGM Notice and Call for Board Nominations

Date: June 7

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: Pan Am Pool

Board of Director positions up for election


Term Expires

Vice President


June 2019

Secretary (Policies)


June 2019

Director - Fundraising & Sponsorship


June 2019

Director - Technical


June 2019

Director – High Performance


June 2019


All Board Members shall:

  • be responsible for establishing the Bylaws and policies of the Association;
  • prepare a long term plan with annual updates setting out the mission, vision, and long term goals of the Association;
  • approve the annual operational plans and budget as prepared by the Executives;
  • arrange the appointment/election of the Board of Directors; and
  • regularly attend Board meetings and participate as set out in the Bylaws.




The Manitoba Water Polo Association is seeking individuals for Board nomination who have:

  • Ability and eagerness to deal with values, vision and the long term
  • Facility for big picture, future-oriented thinking
  • Appreciate the difference between governance and management
  • Willingness to create and initiate rather than approve
  • Moral courage
  • The ability to work as a disciplined, high-performance, trustworthy and ethical team
  • Willingness to make a commitment to MWPA

For more information on vacant Board positions and to submit a nomination form please click here.



MWPA Volunteer of the Year

MWPA is currently accepting nominations for Volunteer of the Year.

“Given in recognition of outstanding contributions and commitment to Water Polo throughout Manitoba .”

For more information on this award and to submit a nomination form please click here.


MWPA “Volunteer of the Year” recipient will be announced at the June 7, 2017 Manitoba Water Polo Association Annual General Meeting.


Submission deadline: May 26, 2017



MWPA Athlete of the Year

MWPA is currently accepting nominations for Athlete of the Year.

“Given in recognition of outstanding athletic development, achievement and commitment

For more information on this award and to submit a nomination form please click here.

MWPA “Athlete of the Year” recipient will be announced at the June 7, 2017 Manitoba Water Polo Association Annual General Meeting.


Submission deadline: May 26, 2017




Location:   Pan Am Pool, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Marketing and Registration Form


Thursday May 18, 2017   

6pm to 9pm - Coaches Session

Friday May 19, 2017    

6pm to 9pm – Athlete Session

Saturday May 20, 2017     

10am to 5pm – Athlete Session

Sunday May 21, 2017     

9am to 12 noon – Athlete Session

Who:   Camp is geared towards Club 12U, 14U, 16U and 19U athletes as well as MWPA School League athletes



Athletes - $150 (includes all pool and dry-land sessions on May 19, 20 and 21)

Coaches - $50 (includes May 18, 2017 Coaching Session and opportunity to shadow/audit Athlete sessions)


Athlete Camp Highlights include:

  • Top instruction from Canadian Senior Water Polo Coach
  • Top instruction from Canadian Senior Dry-land Coach
  • Top instruction from WPC High Performance Director
  • 6+ hours of water polo instruction and 2+ hours of dry-land instruction
  • Position specific training as well as fundamental movements, perimeter shooting, driving and centre play

Coaching Session Highlights include:

Manitoba Coaches are encouraged to attend this Thursday evening session with Justin Oliveira, Robin Randall and Alain Delorme. Here is your opportunity to learn from 3 senior level coaches from Water Polo Canada. Current coaching trends and best practices will be shared. This session will also provide you with the opportunity to ask questions and share your passion and concerns not only for water polo in Manitoba but also at a National level.


Meet the Camp Coaches:

Justin Oliveira – Justin Oliveira is Water Polo Canada's High Performance Director. In 2010, he became a part time assistant coach at the National Training Centre, while head coaching the women's youth National Team. By the end of 2010, he quickly moved up the ranks becoming a full time assistant coach with the women's National Team. In 2015, he was named as the Lead Coach & Team Leader for the final year of the Olympic Quadrennial. He has participated as an assistant in 2 silver medal winning Pan Am Games teams, three World Aquatic Championships, along with numerous international competitions.

Robin Randall - Robin Randall has been around the men's national team program longer than anyone. He joined the youth national team in 1995 before advancing to the junior national team in 1997. He was part of the senior national team for the first time from 1999 to 2003 before leaving for two years to teach English in South Korea. While there, he went to see former teammates competing at the Universiade, reigniting his passion for the game. With a new head coach in place, he returned to the national team in 2005 and never looked back. He was a key figure in Canada qualifying for Beijing 2008, the first time the men's water polo team had officially qualified for the Olympic Games after being substitutes at the boycotted Los Angeles 1984 and being given host nation entry at Montreal 1976. Robin is also a three-time Pan American Games medallist from Rio 2007, Guadalajara 2011, and Toronto 2015. Robin is currently the Team Manager/Assistant Coach for the Senior Men's National Team.

Alain Delorme – Alain Delorme is currently the Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Women's National Team. Delorme is the co-owner of Actiforme Consultants and has provided strength and conditioning advice to Canadian athletes competing in boxing, diving, handball, rowing, short-track speed skating, swimming, synchronized swimming, taekwondo and water polo.

For further marketing information click here.

To register click here.


2017 MWPA Provincials

April 23, 2017

Pan Am Pool



Congratulations to all of the athletes!

Special thanks to Bushido Water Polo Club for their help in organizing this year's Championships.


MWPA Office note - It takes a community to run programs like this and without the help of so many volunteers, parents and athletes we would not be able to make these types of events happen.


There were so many excellent games and all of the athletes stepped up to the challenge.


Very proud of everyone,


Bruce Rose

Executive Director

Manitoba Water Polo Association


Water Polo is one of the Fastest Growing Sports

Water Polo Is One of The Fastest Growing Sports, Here Are 6 Reasons Why You Should Try It.

1. It's A Great Sport For Getting Comfortable In The Water
2. You Can Be Any Size Or Shape And Be The Best Player In The World
3. It Will Make You Tough — Just Ask The Navy SEALs
4. It Will Teach You To Be A Great Communicator
5. Because Fewer People Play, There Is More Opportunity For Growth — And Scholarships
6. If You Have Ever Loved Playing Any Sport, You'll Love Water Polo

For the complete story please click here.



2017 Winter League Final Results

Winter League finals were played on April 9, 2017 at Pan Am Pool. 177 athletes participated in the 2017 Winter League.

Many thanks to NWPC and BWPC for all of their support throughout the League.

2017 Winter League Champions

10U Co-ed   NWPC & BWPC     

12U Co-ed   BWPC

14U Co-ed   NWPC Team 1

16U Male     NWPC Team 1 & Team 2

19U Female   BWPC

2017 Super League Champions

Open Women Bushido 1


Final Results


12U Water Polo Program in Brandon, Manitoba


Water Polo Canada Strategic Plan

Water Polo Canada Strategic Plan 2016-2021 is now available on the WPC website at http://waterpolo.ca/stratplan.aspx .



New Banner for MWPA



3v3 Tournament RESULTS


The 2016 MWPA 3v3 tournament was a great success! MWPA could not deliver these types of events without the support of the Clubs and their individual members. MWPA would like to thank the water polo community for all of their support. 171 athletes participated in this event!


3v3 Participating teams


3v3 Schedule


3v3 Winners


12U Co-ed:         Neptunes

14U:                     Neptunes

16U:                     MacDak

Open Women:   Young Dogs

Open Men:         The Dudebros




3v3 Tournament


MANITOBA WATER POLO ASSOCIATION - is hosting the 3rd Annual 3v3 Water Polo Tournament at Pan Am Pool

Friday, November 18: 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm and

Saturday, November 19: 12:00 pm to 7:30 pm


Categories are as follows: Open men and women, 18U male and female, 16U male and female, 14U male and female, 12U Co-ed

General details: small field of play, shorter games, 3 field players and one goalie play a time, 6 players to a roster

How to Register:

Contact a MWPA Member Club to participate
Register with a MWPA Member Club to participate
Participate via your MWPA School Team


For more information or to register a team contact the MWPA Office at manitobawaterpolo01@gmail.com.

Registration Form

3v3 Rules


Deadline to register a team – November 7, 2016


Save the Date for WPC Summit 2016

Plan ahead for the Fall and join WPC in Calgary for the annual gathering of water polo in Canada. A great professional development and networking opportunity with impactful presentations, in-venue training and engaging workshops.

For more info please click here.


2016 School League Coordinator


The MWPA Board is looking for an energetic person to co-ordinate and implement the Manitoba High School Water Polo League (MHSWPL) this fall (Sept-Dec 2016). The successful candidate will have a solid knowledge of the game and (if possible) will possess refereeing skills. Salary is commensurate with experience and ability.

View complete job description at this link - job description

Please submit your application directly to manitobawaterpolo01@gmail.com by September 15, 2016.


2016 School League Program

Manitoba Water Polo Association is inviting you and your school to participate in the Manitoba School Water Polo League that takes place from October to December each year. Games are held at the Pan Am Pool on Sunday. No prior water polo experience is required, and teams are co-ed.


Benefits to students include :

Teamwork : like other sports, the best results come when the team works together.
Inclusive : school teams are co-ed, and we do our best to ensure there are opportunities for all to play (for example, if there are 22+ students interested, we try to make up two teams).
Swimming : swimming is not only a life sport; it is a life-saving activity. Through games, students become stronger swimmers without even realizing it.
No joint stress : water polo increases flexibility and balance and is easy on the joints.


Benefits to the school include:

An organized league : MWPA organizes league games and provides game officials.
Coaching : if the school does not have a water polo coach, MWPA will find one for you.
Equipment : all equipment (balls, caps, nets) for games is provided by MWPA. All that students require is a bathing suit.
Practice time : MWPA will arrange one weekly pool time for practices.
Introductory clinic : MWPA can arrange a clinic for your students to try the sport.

To participate, the school only needs to provide the following:

Organization of the team : students join the team through school recruitment. The school completes the necessary roster forms.
Teacher rep : the school provides a teacher rep to be present at weekly practices and Sunday games.
Collection of fees : typical student fees are between $40 and $75 – this is to cover league fees and practice times. The school collects these fees and submits them to MWPA.


The health benefits of water polo are plentiful. It combines parts of basketball, hockey and soccer together into one game, making it a very physically active sport.


For more information regarding the 2016 School League program please contact the MWPA Office at manitobawaterpolo01@gmail.com.


AGM Thanks

MWPA would like to thank everyone for attending the 2016 AGM. Your continued support of all things water polo is greatly appreciated!

The Board of Directors and Staff would like to thank exiting Board members - Brad Borgstrom and Cindra Leclerc - for all of their hardwork and passion. Your support has been invaluable!

MWPA also recognized long term service volunteer awards to Nancy Smith, Lucia Davidson, Robert Barkwell and Grant Badger. Congratulations!

Nancy Smith was in attendance.

MWPA also recognized Mike Reid for all of his dedicated work with respect to the MWPA Provincial Team program. Mike has been the Provincial Team Head coach since 2011. Mike will be greatly missed and we wish him the best!


Bushido Summer Camps


Summer is quickly approaching and so are Summer Camps. You are invited to attend to a water polo camp with Bushido Club. If you are 8yrs -14yrs old, love the water and like to have fun, then this camp is for you! No water polo experience necessary, except being able to swim in deep water. Club players also welcome. So, bring a friend or two and remain active while having fun this summer.

Registration Deadline for July Camp is July 1, 2016 - Register On-Line



Summer Outreach Program - Coach Required


Deadline to Apply: June 3, 2016

Manitoba Water Polo has an exciting coaching position for an 18+ year old coach. The position runs during the months of June to August 2016 on various days of the week with a varying weekly work load. Please note that this is a part-time coaching position for only the months of June to August 2016.

Details of Position

• the successful candidate will be visiting various locations in Southern Manitoba to provide Water Polo programming

• the successful candidate will be paid $15/hour for coaching and administration plus an automobile allowance rate of $0.35/km

• Total hours of ~120-150 hours (this includes coaching and travel)


• must have previous coaching experience, working knowledge of designing a lesson plan and running a practice

• some level of coaching education is an asset

• use of an automobile and a valid drivers licence is a must as you will be visiting communities in Southern Manitoba

• demonstrated ability to work independently with good communication skills

• you must be able to attend all the sessions that are scheduled

• submit a report to MWPA at the conclusion of this position by September 15 2016.

How to Apply

• Please send a cover letter plus your resume highlighting your coaching and organizational skills via email to Manitoba Water Polo manitobawaterpolo01@gmail.com

• Please put in the subject line: “Summer Outreach Water Polo Coach - 2016”

• If you have any questions about this position, please contact Michael Reid, Provincial Team Head Coach at the following email michaelreid.ca@gmail.com

Deadline to Apply: June 3 2016 email your application to: manitobawaterpolo01@gmail.com .



2015 Manitoba Aboriginal Athlete Awards Announced

MWPA is pleased to announce that local water polo player - Malachi Leclerc has received the Aboriginal Athlete Award presented by the Manitoba Aboriginal Sport & Recreation Council!

Congratulations Malachi!

Media Release



MWPA 2016 Provincials


Please support your local water polo community this Sunday! Hope to see everyone at the pool.


Special thanks to NWPC for all of the hard work and support in organizing this event on behalf of MWPA.

Final Results



Summer Provincial Team Program seeking Coaches


The Manitoba Water Polo Association is looking to select four coaches for the 2016 Summer Provincial Team Program. The coaches will work closely with the Clubs and Provincial Team Head Coach, Michael Reid to develop the next up and coming Water Polo stars in Manitoba.

Focus of the provincial team for this summer will be on boys and girls born in 2000-2002. The program will engage our athletes to play a longer season with a challenging fun trip to play in another country and against different opponents.

For more details please click here.


Summer Provincial Team Program


The Manitoba Water Polo Association is very excited to provide some NEW information on the 2016 Summer Provincial Team Program.

Focus of the provincial team for this summer will be on boys and girls born in 2000-01 (exceptional 2002). The program will engage our athletes to play a longer season with a challenging fun trip to play in another country and against different opponents.

For more details please click here.


Provincial Referee Workshop

Classroom Training:


March 22, 2016 and March 24, 2016 – 6pm to 9pm


Sport Manitoba, 145 Pacific Avenue, Room 7: March 22 and Theatre Room: March 24


Practical Training:


April 3, 2016 and April 10, 2016 – 5pm to 8pm

(held in conjunction with MWPA Super League)

Location:   Cindy Klassen Rec Complex, 999 Sargent Avenue

*must attend all sessions to receive course credit


Facilitator: Nancy Smith       

Fee: $100

Registration deadline: March 14, 2016

Click here for complete details


MWPA Office has a new email address!


Effective immediately the MWPA office email address is manitobawaterpolo01@gmail.com.


MWPA Office has a new phone number!

Effective immediately the MWPA office phone number is 204.290.2800.



"An introductory, grass roots water polo program that promotes fitness, aquatic skills and non stop fun and action"

St James Assiniboine Centennial Pool

644 Parkdale Street

The City of Winnipeg in partnership with MWPA present's WPC's introductory water polo lessons for boys and girls ages 9 to 16.

Saturdays, April 6 to June 8, 2013

7pm to 8pm


For more information and registration details please read on.




When it doubt....Sit them out!

You don't have to lose consciousness to have a concussion.

Never return to play if you have concussion symptons.

Follow a doctor-supervised and step-wise return to play.

  • Don't hide it, report it!
  • Get a Doctor to check you out!
  • Take care of your brain!

Find out what you need to know about concussions at www.thinkfirst.ca.

Check out their:

  1. Concussions Q & A
  2. Concussion handouts for parents, players, coaches and teachers
  3. Return to play guidelines
  4. Sports and Rec programs



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