Hamilton’s Nicola Colterjohn has been named to Canada’s senior women’s water polo team set to compete in the upcoming Intercontinental Tournament in Riverside, California from May 18 to 26. This nine-team event serves as the FINA World League preliminary round and will qualify four teams to participate in this year’s Super Final in Kunshan, China, from June 7 to 16.
Goalkeeper Colterjohn competes for the Hamilton Water Polo Club and the McMaster Marauders. This will be her second stint with the senior national team.
Several newcomers are being added to familiar faces on the Canadian team. It will namely be a first major international event with the senior women for Axelle Crevier, Shae Fournier, Elyse Lemay-Lavoie, Alexa Tielmann and Claire Wright.
The competition will certainly be fierce for all of the nine squads from Africa, the Americas, Asia and Oceania in presence in California. Group A for the prelims is comprised of Japan, Brazil, Venezuela, Australia and Kazakhstan while Canada finds itself in Group B, alongside South Africa, the United States and China. Official schedule will be released shortly.
The Canadian women have just a few more weeks to prepare and hone their skills ahead of these World League events. They will be hosting China for a joint training camp in Montreal from May 11-15.