July 15th, 2024

Captain Emma Wright leads Canadian women’s water polo team into Paris


By The Canadian Press on July 4, 2024.

Team captain Emma Wright will lead Canada's women's water polo team at the upcoming Paris Olympics.Canada's Wright scores during the gold medal water polo game against the United States at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Silvia Izquierdo

MONTREAL – Team captain Emma Wright will lead Canada’s women’s water polo team at the upcoming Paris Olympics.

Water Polo Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee announced the team’s roster Thursday.

Canada qualified for Paris following the 2024 World Aquatics Championships.

The Canadians appeared to have failed in their quest to qualify after losing 18-12 to Italy in their final game in Doha, Qatar but were entered into the tournament when South Africa forfeited its allocated spot.

Canada’s women’s water polo team is appearing at its fourth Summer Games, with a fifth-place finish when the sport made its Olympic debut in 2000 remaining its best result.

Women’s water polo takes place from July 27 to Aug. 11 at the Aquatics Centre and Paris La Defense Arena.

Canada’s women’s water polo roster:

Verica Bakoc (Toronto); Serena Browne (Pointe-Claire, Que.); Axelle Crevier (Montreal); Jessica Gaudreault (Ottawa); Shae La Roche (Winnipeg); Rae Lekness (Calgary); Elyse Lemay-Lavoie (Montreal); Blaire McDowell (Fernie, B.C.); Hayley McKelvey (North Delta, B.C.); Maria Eleni Mimides (Glyfada, Greece); Kindred Paul (Spruce Grove, Alta.); Clara Vulpisi (Montreal); Emma Wright (Whitby, Ont.).

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 4, 2024.

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