2000 Canadian Sport Awards
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National Senior Women's Water Polo Team
Nominated by Water Polo CanadaA stellar season began early for Canada's Women's National Water Polo Team when they captured an Olympic berth at the first-ever women's Olympic qualification tournament in Winnipeg. Then it was on to the Pan American Games, where the team notched up an undefeated record to win the gold medal. Despite their dazzling record, the plucky Canadians had to fight hard for their victory, especially in the final game against the Americans, who are known for their strength and "never surrender" attitude. Canada came out on top by a score of 8-6 in the hard-fought contest, which Waneek Horn Miller, who scored three goals, shrugged off as "no more physical than a normal water polo game."
Another important result as the historic Olympic countdown continued came at two December tournaments - the Canada Cup in Montréal and the Holiday Cup in California.
Showing their superb conditioning and sticking to their game plan, Canada came into the final in Montréal tied with highly touted Australia, each with a record of four wins, one loss. The cliff-hanger ended in a 6-5 victory for Canada, with the winning goal scored with 3/10ths of a second to go.
In California, although hampered by exhaustion and illness after the arduous season, the Canadians built up a 4-0 record in the intense contests that characterize this game. Once again the Americans were handed a solid defeat. In a rematch with the Australians in the final, Canada fought back from a 4-0 deficit before having to settle for the silver medal, with the final score 5-4 in Australia's favour.
The Olympic water polo tournament for women promises to be action-packed, with Canada's team certain to be a contender for that first-ever gold medal.
Team members are Marie-Luc Arpin of St-Lambert, Que., Johanne Bégin, Melissa Collins, Marie-Claude Deslières, Ann Dow, and Sandra Lizé of Montréal, Cora Campbell of Calgary, Lila Fraser of Ottawa, Waneek Horn-Miller of Kahnawake, Que., Josée Marsolais of Laval, Que., and Kaliya Young of Vancouver.