JOELLE BEKHAZI swimming towards ball

Joelle Bekhazi


Joelle Bekhazi was named to the junior national team at age 16, going on to compete at the 2005 and 2007 World Junior Championships. After moving up to the senior ranks, she helped Canada win silver at the 2007, 2011, 2015, and 2019 Pan American Games.

Bekhazi was part of two major medal-winning teams in 2009 as Canada captured a first-ever silver in the FINA Water Polo World League followed by silver at the FINA World Championships. She also won silver at the 2017 FINA World League Super Final. In 2021, she was part of Canada’s fourth-place finish at the FINA World League Super Final, the team’s first competition in more than 18 months because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In her Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020, Bekhazi scored five goals as Canada finished seventh. 

Among her individual accomplishments are being named to the All-Star Team at the 2010 FINA World Cup and earning MVP honours at the 2013 UANA World Championship Qualification Tournament. 

Bekhazi played collegiately at the University of Southern California. In her first year in 2009, the Trojans lost in the NCAA final but a year later they brought home the victory, making Bekhazi the first Canadian to ever be a part of an NCAA champion water polo team. 

A Little More About Joelle

Getting into the Sport: Started playing water polo at age 12 at the community outdoor pools on the West Island and participated in summer league for a few years before joining Dollard-des-Ormeaux Water Polo club in 2001… Had been swimming since age 6… Olympic dream began when she saw the women’s national team in their Canada gear at a clinic for kids on the West Island… Outside Interests: Graduated from USC in 2011 (Biological Sciences) … Completed Masters in Physiology (Cancer Research) at McGill University in 2014… Studying Osteopathy… Enjoys reading,

Olympic Highlights

Games Sport Event Finish
Tokyo 2020Water PoloWomen7

Notable International Results

Olympic Games: 2020 - 7th

Pan American Games: 2019 – SILVER; 2015 –SILVER; 2011 – SILVER; 2007 – SILVER

FINA World Cup: 2018 - 6th; 2010 – 5th; 2006 – 7th

FINA World Championships: 2019 – 9th; 2017 - 4th; 2015 - 11th; 2013 – 8th; 2011 – 8th; 2009 – SILVER; 2007 – 6th

FINA World League Super Final: 2021 – 4th, 2019 - 7th; 2018 - 4th; 2017 – SILVER; 2014 – 6th; 2013 – 8th; 2012 – 7th; 2011 – 6th; 2010 – 8th; 2009 – SILVER; 2008 – 4th; 2005 – 6th

FINA World Championships (junior): 2007 – 10th; 2005 – 6th