Bushido Water Polo players Heather Carson, Karly Proulx and Jesse Hill have been named to Canadian teams for the Pan Am Youth Championships, Jan. 7-16 in Mexico City, it was announced this week. Carson and Proulx were named to the 17 and under Youth Women's team while Hill earned a spot on the Youth Men's squad. As well, 15-year-old goalie Serena Bredin was named as an alternate for the Youth Women's team.
Carson, 16, has been part of the national team program for the past 14 months and played in Europe this summer while the 13-year-old Proulx is the youngest athlete to represent Canada on the national team. Proulx has been playing with the Bushido senior women's team this fall, giving her the opportunity to showcase her skills against older players.
Despite being only 15, Hill is the captain of the Bushido 16 and under boys team.
Meanwhile, 17-year-old Adam Tallman of Bushido has been named to the 20 and under Junior Men's team for the NORAM championships, Dec. 27-31 in Victoria, B.C.
RED RIVER OPEN: For the second event in a row, Craig Pointon was the big winner on the Manitoba Table Tennis Association $1,500 Tournament Circuit.
The top-ranked player in the province, Pointon downed Terry Zhang 11-4, 11-8, 11-3, 11-13, 13-15, 11-2 to win the A Singles event at the Red River Open Table Tennis Championships, Saturday at Daniel McIntyre Collegiate. Last month, Pointon won the A Singles crown at the Provincial Closed Championships, the first of the four-event circuit. Pointon also teamed up with Marissa Pointon to win the A Doubles event, beating Zhang and B.C.'s William Liu 11-5, 8-11, 11-8, 11-8. He added the Youth First Division Singles title, beating Patrick Serda 11-8, 11-6, 11-6, 11-6.
FIFTH FOR BERGER: Winnipeg's Olia Berger finished fifth at the Fukuoka International judo competition in Fukuoka, Japan.
Berger just missed the podium in the open class, winning two of her four matches.
CHRISTMAS CHEER: The Winnipeg Youth Soccer Association will be presenting donations to both the Children's Hospital Foundation and Winnipeg Harvest this Christmas season following fund-raising tournaments held this year.
The WYSA will present the Children's Hospital Foundation with a cheque for $11,000, raised through the 2004 Children's Hospital Foundation Soccer Tournament. WYSA will also be giving Winnipeg Harvest a cheque for $7,700, from the profits of the WYSA (Harvest) World Cup indoor soccer tournament.
HEADED TO AUSTRIA: Canadian Interuniversity Sport has named University of Manitoba athletic therapist Russ Horbal as chief therapist on the Team Canada mission staff for next month's Winter Universiade in Innsbruck, Austria.
The mission staff will support 65 athletes and 25 coaches competing in alpine skiing, cross country skiing, snowboarding, biathlon and men's hockey.
The Universiade is a multi-sport event that takes place every two years and is second in size only to the Olympic Games.