Following Lignano Sabbiadoro, there is Montreal. Starting tomorrow (July 6th) the Canadian city will host the HaBaWaBa North America, 2nd stage of the HaBaWaBa International circuit: next two events will be HaBaWaBa Greece in Athens (July 20th-23rd) and HaBaWaBa Egypt in Hurghada (December 28th-January 4th 2017).
The 2nd edition of the North American event – organized by DJ Global Wave thanks to the agreement with Waterpolo Development – will be held again at Parc Jean Drapeau swimming pool, where FINA World Championships 2005 took place: it will be attended by 29 teams, 19 squads for Under 13 tournament, 10 for Under 11. Below you can find the complete list of the teams.
One of the big news of the HaBaWaBa North America will be the presence of 7 Canadian Olympians that will be at the pool every day and interact with the kids, show them their sports and take photos. Waterpolo will be represented by Usa International Tony Azevedo, Canada former coach Dragan Jovanovic, Canada former International Simon Dechamps and Canada female team Sandra Lize. But HaBaWaBa North America will host synchronettes Elise Marcotte and Dominika Kopcik and penthatlete Joshua Riker-Fox too.
Another news is HaBaWaBa North America partnership with the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Jouez Gagnant, the Institut National du Sport du Quebec’s program to promote sports for kids and adolescents. “HaBaWaba is about bringing together athletes, making friends for life, seeing and interacting with Olympians and inspiring the next generation – Jovanovic said -. We feel tremendously thankful and honored to be partnered with the COC and Jouez Gagnant”. “We are excited to be a part of this great event to inspire youth and encourage them to learn about the Olympic Movement in Canada”, replied Sandra Sassine, Olympian, Program Manager, Education, Youth & Community Outreach. “This partnership represents a great opportunity for young athletes to interact with high level athletes who will be present and we are pleased to contribute to this event”, said Evelyne Déry, Communication Coordinator, Jouez Gagnant Program.
Teams attending at HaBaWaBa North America
U13 TOURNAMENT: Debrecen (Hun), Barbados Waterpolo (Brb), Navy (Usa), Greenwich Aquatics Girls (Usa), Greenwich Aquatics Blue (Usa), Greenwich Aquatics White (Usa), Princeton Waterpolo (Usa), Poseidons de Saint-Lambert (Can), Bruin Waterpolo Club (Usa), Capital Waterpolo Club (Usa), Hamilton Aquatics WPC (Can), Saint John Waterpolo (Can), Mavericks Black (Can), Mavericks Red (Can), Tiburon White (Can), Tiburon Black (Can), CAEM (Can), Hammer Waterpolo Club (Can).
U11 TOURNAMENT: Princeton Waterpolo (Usa), Capital Waterpolo Club (Usa), Navi AC (Usa), Hammer Waterpolo Club (Can), Megalodons de Saint-Lambert (Can), Tiburon Yellow (Can), Tiburon Blue (Can), Hamilton Aquatics WPC (Can), Scarbourough Shadow WPC (Can), Saint John Waterpolo (Can), Taiga (Can).