Derek Hawley: Lead Coach (16U-19U)
Derek has been playing water polo with Bushido for 15 years. Derek was Team Captain for six of those years and was named alternate to the Youth National Team.
Derek has been coaching with Bushido for 4 yrs in a constantly growing roll. He also has a role of assistant coach with the MB Provincial Team. Last year he played the role of Head coach while taking the boys to 16u and 18u Nationals competition, as well as to the South Florida International tournament.
He has also coached school league for Kelvin High School, whom have taken 3 provincial championships in the last 4 yrs.
Derek is 22 yrs old, has played many other sports such as junior level baseball, soccer, basketball, volleyball, cricket and team handball at different points in his life. He is also currently coaching AA Baseball.
You will see Derek on deck working as head coach to the older athletes (16U-19U) and mentoring our new coaches.
Brenden Pizey-Allen: Lead Coach 10U - 14U
Brenden has been playing water polo with Bushido for 11 years. Brenden previously worked with Bushido athletes as an assistant coach for the dryland program. He has also coached school teams for several years, first with middle years teams (Viscount Alexander and Grant Park) and for the last four years with Vincent Massey High School, where he was recognized as School League Coach of the Year in 2012.
Brenden is 21 yrs old and currently taking Education at Universite de Saint-Boniface. Some Bushido athletes will also know Brenden from the many years he has worked as a camp counselor at YMCA Camp Stephens. You will see Brenden on deck taking the role of head coach to the younger athletes (10U to 14U).
Claire Bredin: 16U and 19U - Assistant coach
Claire started playing water polo in grade four and aspired to be like her big sister and play on the National Team. Claire was selected to the '95 National Team for the summer of 2013. She trained for two weeks in Montreal, and then travelled to Hungary for training. The team trained and competed in a tournament in Dunaujvaros Hungary. Claire is 18 yrs old and currently studying psychology at the University of Manitoba. You will find Claire on deck working with the 12U and 14U boys and girls this season.
Claire Davis: Novice/12U/14U - Assistant coach
Claire has been playing water polo for over 7 years. She has been involved with coaching for the past two years and is working at becoming a certified referee. Claire generally coaches our 12U athletes. She loves coaching because it gives her the opportunity to stay involved with the sport. Coaching allows her to pass on her wealth of knowledge to a younger generation while watching them grow and develop both in the water and out.
Ethan Davis: 16U and 19U teams
Ethan’s interest in sport began at age five when he started playing soccer and basketball. A year later he was introduced to water polo. It was initially not his favorite sport, but he stuck with it. Ethan attended the national team training camp when he was 17 and was invited to train with the 19U team in preparation for the Pan American games. This in-volved three weeks in Montreal, one week in Netherlands and one week in Spain. Although Ethan wasn’t on the roster for the 19U Pan Am games, he was later invited to join the 18U FINA World Championship team. This led to two months of training in Calgary and playing in the championships in Australia. Ethan volunteered to coach an “I Love Water Polo” program at EK pool in spring 2013. You will find Ethan on the deck providing instruction and motivation for the 16U/19U teams.