Our Athletes comes from all categories of sports. They are here to share their empowering stories about their own sports and their outstanding achievements. Each one of their story is an unique journey and creates positive empowering effect on our future athletes. We would like to hear more such stories and share them on our platform. So please contact us with your photo and your story. We will love to publish them on our website.
Gwendolyn (Gwen) Bruyea is 9 years old and began playing water polo at the age of 5. She learned about the sport through friends who played. As Gwen was not enjoying traditional swimming lessons, her parents decided to try water polo. They could not have been more pleased with the results.... Gwen’s swimming progressed, she started to develop the necessary skills to play water polo, and she was excited and eager to go to her practices. Last year, through Gwen’s hard work, she earned a spot on her club’s U10 team, who won Gold at the Titan’s Cup in Ottawa and also at Haba Waba in Montreal.
Naomi Hariprasad has always loved being active and playing sports. She has been in many recreational sports from an early age and moved into competitive sports as a synchronized swimmer at age 10. After 2 years of Synchro, Naomi wanted to try water polo and began playing at age 12.... She preserved and enjoyed learned from her coaches and teammates. In her first year she played in over 7 tournaments and helped her U14 team girls team to win Silver at the Ontario Provincial Championships which led to playing at the Eastern National Finals. When she's not in a pool, Naomi loves being part of the leadership of her school's athletic council, dance team and singing group as well as volunteering with the kindergarten class at church.
Olivia started her journey in her athletic career when she was 12 years old. She played with Shadow Water Polo in an all boys team. She was the only girl in a team of 15 boys. In 2015 Olivia played at Habawaba tournament with Mavericks Water Polo Club and won bronze in 13U category. She ...played 2017-18 NCL season with Capital Wave Water Polo Club winning silver in Canadian Nationals Championship Leaguein 16U category. Olivia was also selected to represent Team Ontario in 2018 summer at Barcelona. Apart from Water Polo Olivia loves art, travel and adventure. In 2018 June Olivia founded “Just Like a Girl” to promote sports for women. During her last three years of athletic journey Olivia faced various hurdles as a female athlete which only made her stronger. Her vision is to bring more gender equality in sports through “Just Like a Girl.”
Abigail Folk lives on a farm near Port Perry, Ontario. She has been active in a variety of sports including swimming, skiing, water polo and riding. Currently her main passions lie in water polo and riding. She plays for Shadow Water Polo at the Pan Am Sports Centre in Scarborough and on the off season practices her riding with her pony Mickey.
Victoria is 16 years old and started taekwondo at the age of 5. She is an extremely athletic and talented athlete. She won first place for sparring at the martial arts competition at Humber College in the provincial level. She is currently training for her third degree black belt, and has hopes of being in the national Canadian taekwondo team. Victoria also plays softball on her school team as the pitcher. The team came first place in the B division June 2018. She also participated on her school cross country team in 2018.