Olivia Dey is a passionate water polo athlete born in US and brought up in Toronto, Canada. She currently goes to Grade Eleven in Senator O’Connor College School. Olivia started #Justlikeagirlinsports movement in June 2018 to promote sports among girls and empower girls through sports. She herself coaches water polo as well. Olivia represented Capital Wave Water Polo club at NCL in 2017-2018 and won silver medal at the Canadian Nationals. She also won Bronze in 2018-19 Nathional Championship League representing Mavericks Water Polo Club. In 2018, Olivia representated Team Ontaio at Barcelona training camp. In 2019 July Olivia played at the Junior Olympics 2019 at Irvine, California. She was selected as a member of Toronto Youth Cabinet for 2018-2019. In 2019 Olivia was elected as the Youth Councilor for City of Toronto Youth Council representing youth of Scarborough Rouge Park. Olivia was also selected as a member of Youth Advisory Council member of University of Waterloo Youth Innovation Project. Olivia cares about animal rights and supports veganism. She loves adventure and travelling. During her leisure Olivia loves art and painting. Currently she is working towards her Duke of Edinburgh Gold award.
Dr. Gautam Dey is a doctorate in Phamaceutical Engineering and holds a masters degree in Health Science, specializing in Community Health. He taught in Minnesota State University. He is a passionate advocate for health, wellness and education. Dr. Dey co-chaired for Parent's Academy of Model schools in Cluster D5 under TDSB in the past. He has been the Vice-President for Albion Neighbourhood Services. He worked in partnership with the Community to enhance peoples’ lives through the delivery of programs, services and supports that are engaging, accessible and responsive. Dr. Dey is the founder of Parents and Community Network as well. He actively took leadership in Campaign for Public Education in Toronto GTA through Parent Council in Albion Heights JMS and Greenholme JMS school.
Emily Whitehead has been an elementary school teacher in Toronto for 13 years. During her time as a teacher, she has had the privilege of working alongside children and teenagers, and helping them find their passion for what lies outside the classroom. She strongly believes in the power of students using their voice to fuel change, and has always been an advocate for those students. In 2017, Emily began weightlifting and her training has turned into a passion. She has become more acutely aware of the need for women to be represented in all sports, and strongly advocates for a promotion of healthy and sustainable lifestyles for young girls.
Veronica started playing water polo when she was 8 years old with the Pacific Storm Water Polo club, Vancouver. Over the years Veronica has played in over 12 National Championships, has been a member of Team Ontario, and in 2011 she was also a member of the Women’s National Team for athletes born in 1993. Along with coaching for Capital Wave, Veronica was an assistant coach for Team Ontario in the summers of 2013-2015 and an assistant coach for the Women’s National Development Program in 2014.Veronica has graduated with high distinction from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology with a concentration in Law. Veronica plays with Capital Wave’s Major League team and, and have won several awards at Senior Nationals these past years. She loves working with children of all ages, and her goal is to provide a positive-mentor role model for our young athletes, as well as help them grow in their water polo career by offering them guidance and expertise from her many experiences over the years.
Rebecca began playing for the Shadow Water polo club at age 11 and continued on to play for the Ontario Women's U14, U16, and U18 Teams; traveling to international tournaments in Hungary, Czech Republic, and Slovenia, and the United States. She joined the Canadian National team in 2010 for two years, before attending the University of the Pacific on a full NCAA D1 water polo scholarship. During her time at Pacific she was a starter for the team and averaged about 26 goals per season. She won the Coaches award during her Senior year playing for Pacific. She has also trained with National teams around the world such as the Hungary, Thailand and Barbados teams. Upon graduating, Rebecca became the Graduate Assistant Coach for the University of the Pacific's Men's and Women's team for 1 year. She is currently living in Bangkok, Thailand where she teaches and also coaches/trains with the Thai National Women’s Water Polo team.
Aniqah has a passion for equity and youth engagement at all levels of government and civil society. She is a Regional Focal Point for the United Nations Major Group for Children & Youth, a Member of the Youth Advisory Group to the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, and the Unspoken Smiles Representative to the United Nations Department of Global Communications Youth Representatives Steering Committee. She holds a Master of Arts in Social Justice & Equity Studies from Brock University, specializing in the intersection between social enterprise, feminist and anti-colonialist theory.
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 asynchronized swimmer at age 10. After 2 years of syncho, 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, some playing for both a co-ed team and a girls team, and helped her U14 team girls team 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 as Co-Chair, helping choreograph her school's dance team she is also part of and performing with her singing group and school band. She was also chosen to be a group leader as part of her school's anit-bully strategy. She lead a group of her peers for an afternoon in activities and continues to be on the "Be the Voice" Committee. She also enjoys volunteering with the preschool room at church and recently was paired with a 2 year old boy with cerebral palsy to be his one on one helper.