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					                                      Vancouver Canoe Polo Club
                                      309 - 7330 Salisbury Avenue
                                        Burnaby, BC V5E 4N8

News Release

AUGUST 18-19, 2007
BURNABY, British Columbia, August 15, 2007

Ever heard of canoe polo? The sport is slightly further underground than ultimate frisbee; it hasn't
cracked mainstream in Canada, yet it is played around the world. The Vancouver Canoe Polo Club,
the oldest polo club in the province, is hosting Canadian Canoe Polo Nationals August 18-19 at
Central Park Pool in Burnaby.

The sport is played in specialised padded kayaks with a waterpolo ball. Polo is a full contact sport, so
paddlers are equipped with padded PFDs (lifejackets), helmets and faceguards. At anytime during the
game players can be pushed over when in possession of the ball. Hand rolling is an essential skill,
allowing players to roll their boats up without a paddle.

Ten teams are competing at this year’s nationals, an international tournament open to players from
North America. Eight Canadian teams will be vying for the status of the top team in Canada, while
trying to defend the tournament title against two top American teams. A Canada vs. USA exhibition
game is being played at 15.30 on Saturday, featuring elite players from both national teams.

The Vancouver Canoe Polo Club has three teams entered, the Black, Red and Green Dragons:
 The Black Dragons are one of the top contenders to win the tournament. Members of the Black
   Dragons include Sam Mottram, a Burnaby resident and former captain of the South African men’s
   team; Tristan Crees, a founder of the Vancouver Canoe Polo Club; and Andrew Rymes, a member
   of the Canadian men’s national team who resides in North Vancouver.
 The Red Dragons are in the running for a Canadian medal in the recreation division. Three of the
   top women in British Columbia are playing for the Red Dragons: Nathalie Kos, a dentist from
   Vancouver; Amy Liebenberg, a North Vancouver student recently immigrated from South Africa;
   and Laani Uunila from Burnaby who has been recruited to try-out for the Canadian women’s team.
 The Green Dragons will challenge the teams in the recreation division with their strong fire power.

The Vancouver Canoe Polo Club is grateful to the many sponsors who have stepped forward to
support the event. The City of Burnaby, through the Burnaby Parks, Recreation and Culture
Commission, has provided significant support to nationals, by offering a fee waiver for the rental of
Central Park Pool. Other major sponsors include the Whitewater Kayaking Association of BC and
Plutonic Power Corporation. Local companies such as Knight Piesold Consulting and Sea to Sky
Kayak Centre have also provided financial and in-kind support.

For more information about VCPC and the Canadian Nationals, visit


Laani Uunila, Event Organiser                Sam Mottram, Vancouver Canoe Polo Club Captain
604.666.6426                                 604.444.9138       

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