Final News of the Season

DEC 5, 2023

Hello HAWPC families,
BEDLAM IN BRANTFORD, was no joke, what a great weekend of water polo. Because of the overwhelming success of the tournament we will be hosting again for 2024.
A big thank you to all of the parents and athletes who stepped up and helped.
Huge shout out to our 13u coed team who played hard and had fun all weekend. Congrats to our first ever 13u girls team who just fell short of a medal placing 4th.
The conclusion of the 13U Provincial Championship marks the end of our OPL season. The Ontario Provincial League encompasses 11U COED, 13U COED, 13U GIRLS, 13U BOYS, 15U BOYS and 15U GIRLS. The HAWPC was one of the few Clubs in the Province to field teams in all divisions. On top of our strong numbers we had our best competitive season in the history of our Club at the OPL level. This season we captured our first tournament win since 2007, we medaled a total of 6 times, and collected our first medal at a Provincial Championship in over 5 years.
On top of our OPL success we have had our most successful season at the NCL Level with several of our athletes slated to represent our Club at the NCL 17U National Championships happening in Calgary in under two weeks.
Further we have equaled our best ever representation on Team Ontario with 8 athletes from our Club being selected. This is the second straight year with 8 athletes from HAWPC featured on the teams. To give perspective prior to last year’s contingent our Club had not been represented on team Ontario since 2017.
This is a testament to the level of Coaching our athletes are receiving from Coach Tim Carr and Coach Patrick Lees. Coach Patrick has been selected as one of the coaches for Team Ontario.
It is important that we take the time to thank all of our coaches Tim, Pat, Megan, Noah, Emily, Lauren, Julia, Greg, Jamie, Mat and Lenny. All have worked hard and all could not be more proud of the athletes.
Swim and Play Ball
This Tuesday and Wednesday marks the end of our Swim and Play Ball season. Our Swim and Play Ball Program is the foundation for the success which we mention above. Based on what we have seen, the future looks bright. Congrats to all of our athletes and don’t be shy about showing off your hard work this summer in lakes and backyard pools. Also many of our Swim and Play Ball athletes need to challenge themselves and move up to comp next season. The transition is very seamless into the 11U and 13U programming
This week marks the end of our regular competitive schedule. With Nationals less then 2 weeks away we will run a 15u and up practice Sunday from 4-6 pm despite it being a long weekend. In June we will move to a Sunday 4:00-6:00pm in Brantford and Monday’s at Ryerson 7:30-9:00 PM. The target age group for this is 15U and up.
On June 4th 2023 we will be running clubfest from 4-7 in Brantford. This is a celebration of the end of the season. The kids will play some Water Polo we will have a short wrap up meeting with the parents. Hot dogs and refreshments in the parking lot to follow.
Summer programming
This summer We will be running a modified summer Program. For Summer League we will be targeting athletes 13 and under The program will run for 7 weeks and will take place Sunday from 10:00-11:15 outdoors at lower lions pool in Ancaster. The cost for the program is$100.00 + wpc fees (if you are already been playing with us you have already paid this) To register click on the link below
We are pleased to announce that Sarah August who is fresh off of her rookie season with the OUA Champion Universtity of Toronto Blues will be leading the charge on deck with this program.
Welcome back Sarah!
For our older athletes we will be running our program in conjunction with the Hammerheads Triathlon team The program will be a weekly swim on Sunday at lower lions from 11:15 to 1230 pm.
This program will cost 80.00 for the summer.
To register click on the link below
We cannot encourage the athletes enough to swim throughout the summer.
We are just finalizing our beach Water Polo times in Binbrook Stay Tuned This is shaping up to be a very busy summer.
As the club population continues to grow we have to continue to evolve. The following capital projects have been identified:
1. Tournament payment through Team Snap
2. Finalizing Arnott Bursary logistics
3. Revamp website updating and making more cellphone friendly
4. Recruit 2 new youth coaches & solidify all coaching positions before Fall
5. Re-engage with HWDSB with Grade 3-5 Clinics and Middle School Tournament
6. Develop format and Schedule for effective Senior League.
7. Solidify Team Managers for 2023/2024 Competitve Season
We have grown our Club to 120 (up from 87 in 2018). Our goal for 2023/2024 is to increase our membership to over 150 athletes. This is a very exciting times for our Club, congratulations to everyone and we look forward to seeing everyone at Clubfest on the 4th:)