Rekindling our Fires…, News (K-W Water Polo)

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Rekindling our Fires…
Submitted By Calin Dragoiescu on Tuesday, August 08, 2017
With our U12 and U14 teams finishing off the past season with a bang, we let both our athletes and coaches catch their breaths with a well-earned break after a long 9 months of intense training.

This past week however, the teams were back at it again in the pool with another water polo summer camp; training hard to get back into the swing of things, and re-stoking their fires and motivations for the sport in the upcoming year!

Running from 8:30 am [quite the challenging time for those who’d slept-in all summer to wake up at] to 11:00 am from July 24th – 28th, the 25 athletes in attendance came from an assortment of age and ability groupings, though all were excited to get back in the water and improve for the season to come; their determination coming to surface in all the drills and swim sets they undertook. The day always started with 30 minutes of dryland, where the coaches ran them through an array of different stretches and exercises to strengthen the athletes [and hopefully wake them up a little]. The dryland was followed by the anticipated 2-hour water portion, with roughly 1 hour consisting of swimming, and the other being made up of a plethora of drills designed to work on the athletes already-acquired skills for the game, or adding new ones to their arsenal. With capricious grey clouds keeping us on our toes, we were fortunate to have been able to enjoy the camp without any issues with the weather, and overall the coaches can agree that the camp was a success in getting our athletes minds and bodies back into gear!

We thank our athletes once again for coming out and showing their dedication, even over the summer months, and we thank the parents for their time and commitment in getting their athletes to the pool. A round of applause for another successful year with our water polo summer camps goes out to Coach Glen Keelan, for his time dedicated and his passion in training the athletes. Also, another thanks to assistant coaches Hunter Tyszka, Adrian Dragoiescu, Isaac Tanner, and Jack Willis for organizing the dryland portions, helping in the pool and on deck over the week, and for dedicating their time and efforts in helping feed the flames of our younger athletes. 

A Torch is Carried Off…

One last thanks on behalf of KW Water Polo to our most senior of the assistant coaches that helped with the camp: Aleah Ciciretto. The club thanks her for the countless hours she’s put in to helping Coach Glen over her past 4 years as an assistant coach. Whether they were practices, tournaments [local or out of province / country] she made the effort to show up to everything she could, and offered her wisdom and experience to younger players wherever she was, all while studying in the intensive International Baccalaureate [IB] program, to which we also congratulate her for making into to Brock University for an international business program! We wish her the best of luck wherever the road may lead her, and hope that wherever she is, the sport, the club, and the memories she’s made during her time with KW Water Polo, always stay close to heart and keep her torch blazing bright for the future ahead!

by Adrian Dragoiescu

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