Canoe Polo Teams

Senior Women's

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U21 Women's

U21 Men's

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Ben Lapointe

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Sierra Foged

Home Town: Edmonton, AB
Current City of Residence: Edmonton, AB
Club Team: Edmonton Whitewater Paddlers
Bio: Sierra recently restarted kayaking and has made significant improvements and accomplishments in her first year on the national team. She has participated in Canadian Nationals (4th), Pan American Games (3rd) and Cup of the North C Division (2nd) an International Tournament held in Edmonton. In her spare time, she also involved in synchronized swimming.

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Channel Hauck

Home Town: Grande Prairie, AB
Current City of Residence: Grande Prairie, AB
Club Team: Wapiti Whitewater Kayakers
Bio: I’ve grown up with kayaking that has always seemed to be a part of my life. I’ve been doing it since I can remember recreational and then starting taking up some competitions in summer games and the 2014 nationals in Edmonton Alberta. Was able to take home a couple metals myself at the 2010 summer games and won gold with my polo team at the 2010 games as well. My main goal is to be able to take home some big wins and be able to come together with my team and absorb these experiences as we go. I look forward to representing my country in Italy this summer along side with my little sister. Just can’t wait to be able to be apart of this tremendous experience with such a inspiring team.

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Athena Hauck

Home Town: Grande Prairie, AB
Current City of Residence: Grande Prairie, AB
Club Team: Wapiti Whitewater Kayakers
Bio: I have been kayaking since I was seven years old. I have been to three nationals (placed third in 2012),one Pan Ams(placed third),one Cup of the North, and two Alberta Summer Games(I brought home seven metals three in 2012 and four in 2014). I am currently paying for the Wapiti Whitewater Kayakers and the Women’s U21 Canadians team. Kayaking isn’t the only thing I do! I have been playing hockey since I was five, I have played in two Alberta Winter Games, one ATB Alberta Challenge Cup(won the gold), The Alberta Major Bantam Female Hockey League All Star Game representing the North, and the Alberta Campions Cup(placing third). I am currently on The AAA Preace Country Female Athletic Club. I believe playing multiple sports will make you become a better athlete, that’s why I would not be who I am now with out kayaking, hockey and the many other sports I played!

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Savannah Foged

Home Town: Edmonton, AB
Current City of Residence: Edmonton, AB
Club Team: Edmonton Whitewater Paddlers
Bio: I have a won multiple medals in the summer games and have already participated in the 2014 world championships in France. One of the greatest experiences I have had was being able to play with my team this winter at Cup of the North and one goal that I have for myself in the coming months is to further the relationships I have with my team mates so that we may achieve greatness at the coming worlds of 2016.

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Katie Hendrickson

Home Town: Spruce View, AB
Current City of Residence: Spruce View, AB
Club Team: Cottonwood Kayak Club
Bio: Katie has followed her 2 sisters footsteps in competing in Canoe Polo. She has competed in 2 Alberta Summer Games for Canoe/Kayak, 4 Canadian Nationals and had good placings each time. In 2014, Katie competed in the World Championships, with her team placing 8th. In her free time, Katie is attending high school and playing hockey.

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Shannon Wagers

Home Town: Innisfail, AB
Current City of Residence: Innisfail, AB
Club Team: Cottonwood Kayak Club
Bio: In 2014, Shannon Wagers made the Under 21 Women’s team for Canada. She attended the World Championships in France that took place later that year. In 2015, Shannon was on the U21 team that placed 3rd in the women’s category at the Pan Am games. In 2016, she has been named to the U21 team for the second time and will be attending Worlds in Italy. In addition to her passion for canoe polo, she also enjoys slalom racing. Shannon is in grade 10 and is hoping to pursue a career in medicine.

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Sierra Davediuk, U21W

Sierra Davediuk

Home Town: Edmonton, AB
Current City of Residence: Sherwood Park, AB
Club Team: Edmonton Whitewater Paddlers
Bio: I have been kayaking since 2010, when I joined because of a friend. I instantly loved it and have been doing it ever since. I have participated in two Alberta Summer Games, in 2012 and 2014, coming out with a total of 7 medals. I have also competed in 3 National Training Camps/Tournaments. I have participated in the Cup of the North tournament for 4 years, starting in 2012. I also commonly participate in the annual whitewater trips to the Red Deer River. Although I love kayaking, I am also interested in ceramics as I work at a ceramics studio and have been making pottery since I was 8. I enjoy working out after school in the school gym and recently got respect from some football players. In my free time I’m currently a honours student in high school.

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Kassandra Reaume

Home Town: Morinville, AB
Current City of Residence: Morinville, AB
Club Team: Edmonton Whitewater Paddlers

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Darryl O’Brien

Home Town: Coronation, AB
Current City of Residence: Edmonton, AB
Club Team: Edmonton Whitewater Paddlers

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Chaz Cheung

Home Town: Middlesbrough, England
Current City of Residence: Edmonton, AB
Club Team: Edmonton Whitewater Paddlers
Bio: Chaz was born in Middlesbrough, England and was a member of the Great Britain Canoe Polo Squad for 12 years. She was European Gold Medalist 2011, European Silver Medalist 2013, World Silver Medalist 2012 and 2014 and World Games Silver Medalist 2013.
Chaz moved to Canada in October 2014 and quickly became involved in Canoe Polo at the local club, Edmonton Whitewater Paddlers, before becoming a member of the National Team Coaching Squad in 2015.

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Rick Janigo

Started Kayaking in 2008 with his wife and son. Plays with the Crunch.Managed the U-21 national team for 4 years and equipment manager for the national team during the same time. Prior to kayaking he was involved with coaching and playing hockey for several years and hold the NCCP certification.

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Kyle Van den Bon

Training and having fun is number one for him! He gets up 4 times a week at 4:am before school, to kayak and train with his coach. He is a committed athlete to the sport of canoe polo. He has helped with summer camps and indoor kids camps, teaching kids how to kayak and played canoe polo. He can’t wait for the future too see where this sport takes him!

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Mitchell Boyd

He began playing canoe polo in 2008, since then he has won gold, silver & bronze medals in 2 Alberta Summer Games, joined the U21 National team in 2011, competed in Austin Texas, Brazil as well as world championships in Poland and France. He hopes to represent Canada for many years to come as a member of the men’s canoe polo team. When he’s not playing polo he enjoys activities such as riding his dirt bike, snowmobiling or snowboarding.

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Noah Patrick

He has kayaked for almost 3 years and has competed in 2014 , 2015 and 2016 Canadian Nationals. He has also competed in Alberta Summer Games in 2014. He got into kayaking because his uncle Amos Patrick and his aunty Hannah Patrick have paddled since they were his age, and now compete internationally. He would like to be on the national Men’s team after competing in the U21 division.

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Randy Tollenaar

He earned bronze at summer games and continued to train to be a better athlete and teammate. He usually manages to score a beautiful goal in competitions and is constantly trying to improve himself.

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Cody Underwood

Cody joined the Edmonton Whitewater Paddlers in 2010. Since 2013 Cody has had his sights set on making the Canadian U21 Mens Polo Team. He has worked hard to try and make his dream a reality. Currently Cody is a member of Canada’s U21 Men’s Polo Team that will compete at the 2016 Canoe Polo World Championships in Syracuse Italy. Off the water Cody enjoys a variety of outdoor activities including biking and fishing as well as spending time with family, friends and his dog Oscar.

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Mitchael Dube

He started kayaking when he was nine years old when he took the week long summer camp offered by the Wapiti Whitewater kayaking group. He attended the 2014 Alberta Summer Games, where he won a Gold medal in down river for the Cadet division and a bronze medal in polo. He attended 2014 Canoe Polo National Club Championships in Edmonton and the 2015 Canoe Polo National Club Championships in Sallaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec. He also played in the 2015 PanAm Games that took place in Edmonton.

His goals are to continually improve his skills as a kayaker and polo player to become the best athlete that he can be and to have the opportunity to compete in Worlds competition.

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Sieger Roorda

Sieger joined the Pointe-Clare Canoe Club in the summer of 2005 as a 15 year old and he spent the next ten years being as involved as could be. Whether it was as a dedicated sprint athlete or coach, he found his passion in the wide array of opportunities the sport of Canoe/Kayak presented him with. Among podium finishes in K4’s at Nationals, and first place finishes in K2’s and K4’s at Provincials, Sieger picked up the sport of Canoe Polo in 2009, which led to him being named captain of the U21 Men’s Canadian National Team at Canoe Polo Worlds in 2010, in Italy.

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Carolyn Karasiuk

Carolyn has been on the National Team since 2004 and since 2014 have been training to be a goaltender, the only position she hasn’t played in previous World competitions. Her goal is to rock the net at World’s 2016! She also plays on two recreational hockey teams. Her Women’s team is a developmental team that she Coaches and assists with the Management. The Co-ed team is mostly men where she tries her best to play smart since she is one of the few females in that division. Sports are super fun, great team building experiences, full of fitness and friends, excellent stress relieving activities that everyone should do from the moment they can walk and then on forever! Go Girls!

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Julie Brisson

Julie has been playing canoe polo since 2009. It was a love at first sight! Mother of three little kids, canoe polo was mostly recreational and a family thing, but it didn’t take long before she liked the discipline it gave her, the will to improve and the excitement every time she got in her polo boat.

She’s been on the national team since 2011 and went to a couple of international events including the International canoe polo tournament in Deventer, Netherlands (2015), ICF World Canoe Polo Championship in Thury-Harcourt, France, International tournament de Paddle, Dikkebus, Belgium (2nd), Breizhcup kayak polo (3rd) in 2014 and World master games, Torino, Italy (3rd) in 2013.

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Catherine O’Brien

International Canoe Polo Experience
2014 – Canadian Team, World Championships (Thury-Harcourt, France) – 11th/20
2010 – Canadian Team, World Championships (Milan, Italy) – 12th/18
2008 – Canadian Team, World Championships (Edmonton, Canada) – 10th/17
2006 – Canadian Team, World Championships (Amsterdam, Netherlands) – 11th/20
2004 – Canadian Team, World Championships (Miyoshi, Japan) – 9th/14
2002 – Canadian Team, World Championships (Essen, Germany) – 13th/19
2000 – Canadian Team, World Championships (Sao Paulo, Brazil) – 8th/10
1998 – Canadian Team, World Championships (Aveiro, Portugal) – 10th/11
1996 – Canadian Team (Inaugural Women’s team), World Championships (Adelaide, Australia) – 7th/7

Highlight Accomplishments
• Top Female Goal Scorer – 2008 World Championships July 2008
• Qualification for Quarter-finals at 2004 World Championships

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Sarah Kerestes

Since starting kayaking at a very young age, she has competed at her first World Championships at the age of 15 in 2012. Following that, she has competed at various Pan-Am, and other international tournaments, as well as Worlds in 2014. The Syracuse, Italy 2016 Worlds will be her third Worlds following in her parents’ footsteps as they were former members of the Canadian Canoe Polo team. As the youngest on her team she hopes to keep pushing her limits and succeeding as one of the best Canoe Polo players in Canada and some day the World. This Worlds she hopes to be a top 10 goal scorer as well as to secure a top 10 finish with her team.
She is also an avid skier, enjoys photography, and is a full-time student enrolled in BSc in Kinesiology at Grande Prairie Regional College.

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Kristina O’Brien

Kristina O’Brien has been competing in Canoe Polo since the mid 1990’s. She has played on the Canadian National Senior Women’s team for 8 Canoe Polo World Championships since 1996. Skipping the 2012 Worlds allowed her to write her certification exams to become an Emergency Room Doctor. Kristina acted as team captain on the National team in 2008, 2010, and 2014. She is also committed member and volunteer executive of her local club: The Edmonton Whitewater Paddlers. She has a great love of the sport of canoe polo and would like to see it continue to grow in Canada and North America. Her goals for the future are numerous and include: continued efforts towards training and competing at a high level, a commitment to developing the sport in both novice and high performance groups, and exploring opportunities to coach teams in the future.

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Hannah Patrick

She has competed in the 2006 and 2008 Worlds.

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Christopher Arrowsmith

Chris finished 17th in the Slalom Canoeing C-2 event at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. During his slalom career during the late 1970’s to early 1990’s, he achieved a career high ranking of 7th in the world with multiple World Cup and Championship appearances. In 1988, he was selected for the Canoe Polo International Team Squad. He continues to play high level Canoe Polo on his local team, Dragon. In 2014, Chris accepted a role as international coach for Canadian Women’s Canoe Polo Team during World Championships in France.

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Brad Cameron

Brad has been a part of polo in Canada since 1996. Making his first Worlds team in 1998, he continued to be a part of the Mens National Squad until 2015.

Brad first started coaching the Canadian Women at the World Championships in Japan 2004. He has been a part of individual athlete development, and team work since that time.

When he is not busy with polo Brad works to End Homelessness in the Province of Alberta.

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Shylo Hendrickson

Her first taste of the national team came in 2010 when she made the U21 Women’s team to represent them at the World Championships hosted in Italy. After competing at another worlds as a U21 team member she made the Senior team and played with them at the 2012 World Championships. When not busy training she is busy chasing a Kinesiology Diploma specializing in Adapted Physical Education by studying or volunteering with different Special Olympic programs throughout Red Deer.

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Christie Siddle

Christie first got into kayaking in 2002 when life guarding Canoe Polo and figured she would enjoy learning to kayak, once she started she never stopped.
Canoe Polo quickly became a huge part of Christie’s life.
Between 2009 and 2012 she began coaching local club teams in Innisfail and Sundre Alberta, ever passionate about sharing in her love of the game. This is a source of pride for Christie as a number of her “kids” have gone on to be members of the National team in both Canoe Polo and Slalom Kayaking.

When not in a polo boat she can often be found whitewater kayaking, walking her dog or at work as a school teacher in Calgary Alberta.

Major Competitions:
2016 – Training for World Championships ( Italy)
2014 – World Championships (Thury-Harcourt, France) –11th/20
2012 – World Championships (Poznan, Poland) – 14th/17
2010 – World Championships (Milan, Italy) – 12th/18
2008 – World Championships (Edmonton, Canada) – 10th/17
2006 – World Championships (Amsterdam, Netherlands) – 11th/20
2004 – World Championships (Miyoshi, Japan) – 9th/14

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Keegan Smith

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Amos Patrick

Amos started Kayaking at the Age of 11, and competed in the Alberta Summer Games. Where he was introduced to canoe polo, soon after started training with the Edmonton Group and pursued a spot on the National U21 team. He attended the 2004, 2006 and 2008 worlds as a U21 and took a break to get settled in his career. Found himself missing the sport and returned to the game in 2011, since then he has not regretted a moment representing Canada’s Senior Men’s Team in 2012 and 2014 at the World Championships. We had a wonderful opportunity to play at the 2013 World Games in Cali, Colombia against the top 5 teams in the world, which was an honour and the highlight to his polo career.

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Jason Allen

Started paddling with the Saskatoon Racing Canoe Club in the sprint canoe discipline. After competing in sprint for numerous years switched over to Canoe Polo. Was first named to the Canoe Polo Men’s National team in 2008 and has attended every World Championship since, also competed at the World Games in Colombia in 2013. Works as a physiotherapist.

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Kyle Polsfut

Kyle first started paddling as a teenager in Grande Prairie and was introduced to Canoe Polo shortly thereafter. He hasn’t stopped playing polo since then, and competed at his first World Championships on the U21 team in Germany, 2002. He continues to represent Canada as a member of the Senior Men’s team.

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Richard Allan

He has been paddling for 14 years and has been competing on a National team since 2006. He is also a member of the Club team the EWP Great White Buffalo who are the current Canadian National Champs. His goal is to qualify for next Worlds and help Team Canada with its best showing yet.

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Brant Oldershaw

Coming from an accomplished family of Olympic paddlers, Brant excelled in sprint kayaking and many other sports before discovering canoe polo at the end of 2009. After a year and a half of training, and a month playing down in Australia, Brant joined the Canadian Senior Men’s team in 2011 for the Pan-American Championships in Texas. In 2012, Brant led his Toronto club team to a bronze at Canadian National Championships while leading the competition in scoring, and was a member of the Canadian Men’s team at the World Championships in Poland. In 2013, Brant was fortunate enough to be a part of the Canadian team that came 6th at the World Games in Cali, Columbia. Since then he has remained a member of the core Canadian men’s team at the 2014 World Championships in France and at the 2015 Pan-American Championships in Edmonton, where the team won gold. With his added international experience, Brant is excited to help the Canadian Men’s team climb the standings at the 2016 World Championships in Italy and build towards a strong result at the 2018 World’s in Welland, not far from his home. Outside of competing and training, Brant keeps busy designing buildings as the lead Structural Engineer for his firm’s Hamilton-Niagara Region.

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Scott Allan

Scott has been paddling since 2002, his involvement with the Canadian National team started in 2008, first as a member of the under 21 men’s team, then as a coach of the under 21 team, and now he has joined the senior men’s team. Over the years he has had the opportunity to compete and coach on three different continents and throughout five countries. He is looking forward to competing in Italy this summer. He hopes to help qualify for the 2018 world championships in Canada!

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Tycho Roorda

After training about 8 years for flatwater kayaking I was presented with the opportunity to represent Canada in canoe polo at the 2010 junior world championships in Milan, Italy. In 2012 I represented Canada again in Poznan, Poland Junior worlds and in the summer of 2015 I made the senior team and we won Pan Ams in Edmonton.
I still race for flatwater when I can and compete in cross country skiing during the winter.

I’m graduating from Université de Montréal in Physics and will be pursuing a masters look forward to finding out what’s next in store for me.

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