Carmen Eggens had a successful junior career for Canada, winning silver medals at the 2004 and 2006 Junior Pan American Championships and competing at the 2005 and 2007 FINA World Junior Championships. She made her senior debut in 2009, helping Canada win a first ever silver medal in the FINA Water Polo World League Super Final and adding a silver medal at the FINA World Championships. While attending the University of Hawaii she competed at the 2011 Summer Universiade. She was also selected to the All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation second team as a junior and senior after being named to the All-Rookie team as a freshman.
Family: Parents Klamer and Catherine Eggens… Younger sister Monika Eggens is also on the water polo national team and competed at Guadalajara 2011… Getting into the Sport: Started playing water polo at age 8, introduced to the sport by her mother when she was getting tired of going to swim meets… Her mother taught her how to do her first “back hand” shot… Olympic dream began while watching the women’s national team compete at Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 on TV and then having two team members help out at her home club… Outside Interests: Graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2013… Enjoys reading, art, cooking, swimming at the lake, and hiking… Odds and Ends: Favourite motto: “Practice like you’ve never won, perform like you’ve never lost”… Role models Sue Gardiner and Rachel Riddel were both from her home club and played at the Olympics… Always travels with her gold arrow necklace… Collects her boarding passes…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
FINA WCh: 2013 – 8th; 2009 – SILVER
FINA WCh (junior): 2007 – 10th; 2005 – 6th
PAC (junior): 2006 – SILVER; 2004 – SILVER
FINA World League: 2014 – 6th; 2013 – 8th; 2012 – 7th; 2009 – SILVER
FISU: 2011 – 6th