News Archive 2012

  • Ottawa coach receives prestigious national award

MONTREAL – David Hart, Canada’s only 4-time Olympian in water polo, and one of this country’s most innovative and prolific coaches, has been honored with a major national award by the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC).

Hart, 60, was presented with the Geoff Gowan Award at the CAC’s annual gala over the weekend. The award recognizes lifetime contribution to coaching development.

“It’s hard to put into words how special this is to me,” said Hart who is still active as a talent scout and mentor for the National Men’s and Women’s Water Polo Teams. “I’ve been very fortunate to work with, and to learn from, several extremely talented and brilliant water polo people at each major step of my career. I owe a great deal of my success to them.”

"David Hart embodies commitment to sport, and is an inspiration to us all," noted John Bales, Chief Executive Officer, Coaching Association of Canada.  "His relationship with the Coaching Association of Canada is a long one, starting with being one of the first coaches, along with colleagues and current CAC chair Gabor Csepregi, in the Coaching Apprenticeship program, a program initiated by Geoff Gowan to provide specific, practical training for future national coaches.  It’s fitting he has now won, 35 years later, the Geoff Gowan Award for lifelong contribution to coaching development!"

A long-time Ottawa resident, Hart’s many accomplishments include:

  •     The only coach to have worked with all six Canadian National Team programs (junior, youth, senior);
  •     8 international medals as a coach;
  •     The only Canadian to have coached a foreign water polo national team (Head Coach, Brazil’s Senior National Women’s Team, 2002-2003);
  •     Created and implemented Level 1, 2, 3 and 4 water polo programs for the National Coaching Certification Program;
  •     Creation of the award-winning I Love Water Polo (ILWP) program which is now offered in aquatic centres, YMCAs, and community pools across the country;
  •     During his tenure as Head Coach from 2000-2008, the Ottawa Titans grew to become one of the largest and best managed water polo clubs in Canada;
  •     In 1981, he was the driving force behind the creation of the Canadian Water Polo League, the first-ever amateur league for an Olympic summer sport in Canada; and
  •     Created and implemented the hugely influential Canadian Water Polo Dream Team concept.

“David’s impact on water polo in Canada is absolutely unparalleled,” said Ahmed El-Awadi, Executive Director of Water Polo Canada. “The sport is light years ahead of where it was back in the 60’s and 70’s. We simply could not have progressed this far without David Hart’s vision and leadership and, most of all, his infectious passion for the game.”

As a player, Hart spent eight years on the men’s national team and was co-captain at the 1976 Olympic Summer Games in Montreal.

“Coaching for me is like parenting, it’s a long-term project,” Hart added. “With your athletes in mind, you need to have that mindset to manage the demands and expectations of the present while preparing for the future.”

Visit the WPC Facebook page to view photos from the 2012 Sport Leadership Awards Gala from Montreal.

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  • Titans Competitve Girls at 25th Annual Carleton U Invitational Tournament

Congratulations to two of our competitive girls, Lotte Hurrelmann and Mia Cadieux, who were selected to play on Carleton University's team ORCA in the 25th Annual Carleton Women's Invitational tournament. Read more...

  • Board of Directors Meeting

Monday, October 1st, 7:30 - 10:00 at Nepean Sportsplex, on-deck classroom

  • Another Titan in National Team

Dusan Boskovic of Titans (95’) is invited to join junior centralization team in Calgary from Oct 1st to end of November in preparations for 1st Fina World Men’s Youth Waterpolo Championship that will be held in Perth (Australia) from December 1st until December 9th, 2012. He become member of small group of players born in 95 who received this invitations-  Congratulations !!!


September 13, 2012: Titans opened the season last night at Walter Baker Pool with a record turnout for the I Love Water Polo program. Welcome back to all returning Titans athletes and a special welcome to newly registered players. Between athletes, parents, coaches and board members, the pool and deck at Walter Baker was buzzing with activity and anticipation. We had about 45 youngsters in the pool, and with six coaches, everyone had lots of opportunity to practice and scrimmage and we should get lots of positive feedback about how much fun everyone had. Special thanks to Jerry, Igor, Blake, Jason, Duncan and our newest coaching member, Peter for making the evening a big success. Go Titans!


  • Annual General Meeting

AGM is scheduled for Sunday September 9, 2012, 1pm- 3pm at the Ottawa Central Library Auditorium (lower level) 120 Metcalfe St, Ottawa 

  • Suspension of our head coach
The Titans Water Polo Club has received several enquiries regarding the reasons behind the departure of our former Head Coach.
 We suspended the head coach for potential violations of Ontario Water Polo's Code of Conduct. Our club holds its members and coaches to the Code of Conduct set by both Ontario Water Polo (OWP) and Water Polo Canada (WPC). OWP retained independent legal counsel to conduct a thorough investigation, which resulted in enough evidence to warrant a hearing before a Discipline Committee made up of members of both the legal and water polo community.
 The result of the hearing was that the head coach was found to have contravened Section 2.1 and Section 2.5 of OWP's Code of Conduct. The decision stated the head coach "failed to demonstrate the spirit of sportsmanship, sports leadership and ethical conduct and practices required by the Code of Conduct". The Discipline Committee found these violations warranted a suspension of all coaching duties and OWP membership for a period of three months, from 8 May, 2012 to 8 August, 2012.
 These violations and the associated suspension are considered by the Titans Water Polo Club as both serious and far reaching. We have a long history of expecting our coaching staff to be role models for our athletes and as such, the Titans will not retain any coach who has been suspended by OWP or WPC for conduct violations.
  • Titans Beach Water Polo at Moneys Bay, Aug 4th 2012

First joint venture between Ottawa Titans and City Of Ottawa, beach water poloRead more...

  • Gatineau Invitational Tournament June 16-18, 2012

Academy and ILWP athletes - follow this link


The Ottawa Titans has suspended its Head Coach, Celso Rojas, for potential violations of the Code of Conduct as set out by both Ontario Water Polo and Water Polo Canada.  A complaint has been received by Ontario Water Polo and an investigation will be immediately launched to determine if a hearing is warranted by OWP's Disciplinary Committee.  Until the matter is resolved, Mr. Rojas will not resume his coaching duties with the Titans.

If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact Andrea Kennedy, President, Ottawa Titans Water Polo Association.