About the Team

The UBC Thunderbirds Water Polo Sport Club is a competitive Water Polo team competing in the Northwest Division of the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) and are the only Canadian team in the United States based CWPA. We compete in Men’s/Co-Ed Water Polo league during Term 1 and are actively engaged in assembling a Women’s team for Term 2 competition.

UBC Thunderbirds Water Polo Sport Club provides the highest level of University Water Polo available in Canada, allowing top caliber athletes to test their skills against well trained American competition.  Joining also includes you in a welcoming team atmosphere with a well-developed social aspect, providing instant friendships and a guaranteed support system.


Eligibility Requirements:

Team members will be selected through a tryout process.  Players must have a basic knowledge of  water polo rules and the ability to perform basic water polo skills such as treading water, passing, shooting, swimming head up front crawl.  If there are more players than we can take, the final roster will be determined by the coach in consultation with the executive team.  Players must also be able to attend 2/3 of league tournaments and attend practice three times a week. In addition, all members need a valid passport to compete in the United States.


Try Outs:

Players must attend scheduled try out in September,  time and location to be confirmed closer to the beginning of the academic year. Further inquiries can be directed to waterpolo.sc@ubc.ca.


Team Fees:

Team fees will be approximately $300 CAD per person for the coming season, which covers pool practice rental, travel, lodging and fees for all three tournaments. Players must help with fundraising events to make up for expenses not covered by team fees.  Any money not spent will be reimbursed at the end of the year.


Practice Schedule:

During the second term, we will be sharing practice times with the AMS Water Polo club.  Practices are held in the new UBC Aquatic Center:

  • Tuesdays from 8:30-10:00pm
  • Thursdays from 8:30-10:00pm
  • Saturdays from 11:00-12:30pm


Competition Schedule:

The competition schedule for the 2016-17 Water Polo season is as follows

  • October 1-2, 2016 at Amazon Aquatic Center, Eugene, Oregon
  • October 8-9, 2016 at Osborne Aquatic Center, Corvallis, Oregon
  • October 22-23, 2016 at Washington State University, Pullman, Washington

We may attend additional tournaments in the new year depending on player availability.

As a first year competitive sport club, UBC Thunderbirds Water Polo Sport Club has yet to record any results; but aims to be highly competitive at an elite level of collegiate Water Polo.

UBC TSC Water Polo is a branch off of the existing AMS UBC Water Polo Club. This year marks exciting changes and development as UBC TSC Water Polo enters its first year as a competitive club, officially representing UBC in collegiate Water Polo,  and becoming a member of the Collegiate Water Polo Association.

Name Position Email
Cheyenne Ghag Travel and Safety Officer waterpolo.sc@ubc.ca
Ford Atwater Finance Officer waterpolo.sc@ubc.ca
Nicola Mohr Club Lead waterpolo.sc@ubc.ca
Nicola Mohr Marketing and Communications Officer waterpolo.sc@ubc.ca

Fundraisers and Special Events will be announced as they come up. Keep an eye on social media for events as they are announced.


UBC Water Polo appreciates support from all potential Donors and Sponsors. Please contact an Executive for information at waterpolo.sc@ubc.ca.


For students interested in learning to play Water Polo, or participate at a more recreational level, please feel free to contact us or visit our AMS Water Polo Club affiliate at http://www.ubcpolo.com/

UBC Thunderbirds Sport Clubs - Water Polo
6000 Student Union Blvd.
Student Recreation Centre
Vancouver, BC
V6T 1Z1

604-822-3683 waterpolo.sc@ubc.ca

Latest News

Team Wrap-up

It has been an action packed year for us: tournaments with the CWPA, fundraisers and just recently the end of year banquet with TSC.  We all had a blast and are looking forward to playing together again.  Unfortunately due to current circumstances we will not be continuing as a Thunderbirds Sports...

All-Conference Shout Outs

Shout out to James Baylis and Katerina Schwab for getting voted onto the 2016 Men’s National Collegiate Club All-Conference second team in the Northwest division.  At the end of the competition season all teams put forth their best players for nomination, all teams in the division voted for t...

Stay tuned for more water polo!

While we may be done playing in the CWPA for this year, there will still be many scrimmages with local teams such as SFU and Storm.  We also plan on playing in a tournament hosted in Seattle in the New Year.  Stay tuned for more updates on these games and upcoming socials!

UBC TSC Water Polo takes on the Championships!

This past weekend the team played in the championship tournament for the Northwest division of the CWPA down in Pullman, WA.  While we were unsuccessful in taking the title, there were a lot of great moments and we wouldn’t have performed as well without our coach Daniel.  It was a bitter sweet...

Team preps for upcoming Championships

It’s been a crazy month for the team, traveling all the way down to Eugene and Corvallis, Oregon for weekend tournaments with the CWPA.  While we are new to this league and the teams in it, they have all been very welcoming to us internationals and we look forward to playing them again.  These p...