OUR DEDICATED COACHING STAFF 

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HEAD COACH - MICH ROY

  • Fraser Valley Head Coach, Michel Roy, is a 35 year veteran Professional  Water Polo coach in Canada and the USA. 

  • Michel started playing water polo in 1973.

  • He is one of a few Level 4 NCCP in Canada.

  • Current Head Coach, Canadian Women's Youth National Team.

  • He is a former Head Coach of the Canadian Senior Men’s and Senior Women’s National teams and the only Canadian coach who has had the privilege of coaching both National Teams.

  • Michel was the Head Coach of the University of Hawaii for 10 seasons in the NCAA Division 1, MPSF conference, the best female water polo league in the World.  While there, his teams competed in the NCCA Finals on 4 occasions.

  • Michel is a 32 time National Champion in Canada as a coach and 2 times as a player.

  • He has produced over 100 National Team and NCAA athletes.

  • He is a 11 time Senior Men’s National Champion as a coach and once as a player (1982), the most ever in the history of Water Polo in Canada.

  • In 1993 Michel’s club was National Champions in the Senior, Junior and Juvenile men’s levels, this was the only time, ever, in the History of WPC, that one club won all 3 Nationals in the same season.

  • In his career Michel has coached 8 Olympians, 2 of whom are Olympic gold medalists.

  • 3 of Michel’s athletes have been named Best Water Polo Player in the world in both USA and Italian magazines. With Michel’s contacts in the USA at both the University and College levels, he has placed a great number of athletes with scholarships in the USA NCAA Colleges.

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GEORGIY BELYAEV

COACH

A former Canadian Junior National Team player and a winner of Most Valuable Coach at the 2019 Canadian Western Championships (after coaching our 14U Boys to a Gold Medal win!).

 

Bringing 10 years of playing experience on the club, provincial and national team level and having coached for over six years, Georgiy can't wait to start this competitive season.

 

When Georgiy is not on the deck coaching he is a full time student at SFU and plans to play on the Fraser Valley Masters Team.

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THOMAS GIBSON

COACH

Thomas is a national level player who Coach Roy has called one of the top centre defenders in Canada!

 

Thomas' skill doesn't stop at defense as he is one of the most well rounded players to ever play for Valley. As a goalie, he was one of the best in the nation and, on offense, he was always one of the top scorers.  Lastly, he has been previously recognized as an All Star by Water Polo Canada.

He has coached BCSSA Summer Water Polo for the past four years with Crescent Beach Swimming Club.

Thomas starts his paramedic training in March 2023.

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A sport played by the quickest, strongest, smartest and best conditioned athletes.”

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ALEXA TIELMANN

GUEST/SESSION COACH

Alexa began playing water polo at a young age and was part of Fraser Valley Water Polo club’s inaugural year. She started with the Canadian Women's National team program in 2010; making her first European trip with the Youth National team. In 2012 she made her debut with the Senior National team in her first appearance at the World League Super Final in China.

 

In September 2012, Alexa began her collegiate water polo career at UCLA. During her time there she played in 118 games, scored 113 goals, tallied 91 earned exclusions and participated in 4 NCAA Championships with top 3 results every year.  She graduated in 2017 with a Sociology major and Education Studies minor. 

 

Alexa played aboard, signing a professional contract with Lantech Plebiscito Padova in Italy, where she competed in both the Italian League and European League. Her team placed 8th in the Euro League and won the Italian Championship. Alexa's last competition with the Canadian National team before her retirement was the 2018 FINA Inter-Continental Cup in Auckland, New Zealand; the team had one loss against the USA and finished third with a win against China. 

 

Alexa is excited to be coaching with Fraser Valley. Her goal is to pass on her love of the game and inspire young athletes to be their best.

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MACKENZY CLARK

COACH

Mackenzy started playing water polo at the age of 8, and has been playing with Fraser Valley since she was 10 years old. 

 

Mackenzy has been selected for Youth National Team Centralization 2022, Senior National Team Camp 2021, Alternate for the Youth National Team 2021 and has won the NCL National Championship with Fraser Valley in 2019 and most recently in 2022. 

 

Mackenzy truly believes a coach shapes who you are, and she hopes to be an impactful and enthusiastic coach like hers were. She hopes to influence kids into enjoying water polo, improving their skills, and help them grow to be better individuals

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A sport played by the quickest, strongest, smartest and best conditioned athletes.”

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AMELIA FALYS

COACH

Amelia Falys has been playing water polo since the age of 6 and has been with Valley since the age of 8. 

Amelia plays for the u17 and u19 teams and has been a junior coach for 1.5 years mentored by Michel Roy and Georgie Belyaev. She is a keen student of the game and leads by example in and out of the pool. 

Highlights for Amelia was winning the National Championship with the u17 team in the 2021/22 season and is a seasoned Junior Olympian. 

 

Amelia is passionate about water polo and her goal is to play competitive water polo at university, become a sports psychologist and professional water polo coach. 

She’s excited to work with the next generation of Valley athletes, supporting them in their goals and building their love of this incredible  sport! 

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ILYA BELYAEV

ASSISTANT COACH

An assistant coach and a high level player within the FV organization. Ilya possesses a strong technical foundation and has been coaching our development athletes for two years. 

Water Polo Canada awarded Ilya top goal scorer in the 15U Western Nationals Championships of the NCL for the 2022 season AND most valuable boys player.