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Calgary student polo player off to ’08 Olympics

<p>A local college student is hoping to make a big splash representing Canada at this year’s 2008 Olympics in Beijing. </p>


A local college student is hoping to make a big splash representing Canada at this year’s 2008 Olympics in Beijing.


Twenty six-year-old Mount Royal College students Kevin Mitchell is part of the Canadian Men’s Water Polo team that has guaranteed a spot for the first time in Canadian Olympic history.


“My adrenaline was just pounding after the match I find out we made it and it was the best feeling of my life,” Mitchell told Metro.


Mitchell said the team was the underdog in the qualifying tournament in Romania where they beat the host country to pave their way to the Olympic dream.


“It’s just great and I can’t wait to live the whole Olympic experience,” he said.


Mitchell has been training for the past 20 years to get this point he said. He is hoping to get into physical education to become a teacher post-Olympics.


Water polo team coach Dragon Jovanovic told Metro the team has worked very hard to get to where they are and he would be happy with a top eighth finish at the games.


“They have such huge commitment and good team work and effort and I couldn’t ask for more really,” he said, adding the tea, trains nine times a week with higher-volume training starting in June.


-krista.sylvester@metronews.ca

 
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