Water polo preliminaries take TO2015 plunge
Feature: Canada’s John Conway after one of his three goals against Brazil (All photos: CP)
Although the official start to Toronto 2015 Pan American Games begins with the Opening Ceremony on July 10, as is often the case, some preliminary competition got underway a bit earlier on Tuesday.
Canada played two water polo matches, the only sport being contested on July 7 and 8, with synchronized swimming, diving and tennis also joining the fray in coming days leading to Friday’s official opening day festivities.
Women’s water polo
Canada 7-7 Brazil
The first Canadian athletes to jump into a TO2015 pool – or any field of play for that matter – were the women’s water polo team. They drew Brazil 7-7 in a preliminary round Group B match. Canada received goals from seven different players.
Canadian women will return to the water on Wednesday to take on Venezuela at 12:08 ET.
Men’s water polo
Canada 9-11 Brazil
In both the men’s and women’s tournaments the top two teams in each group will advance to the semifinals. Canada won silver in both cases at Guadalajara 2011 four years ago.