|Anastassia Goutseva joins Synchro Canada’s coaching staff at Centre of Excellence|
Khadija Cutcher named summer assistant coach at Centre of Excellence
Ottawa, July 6, 2010 – Synchro Canada is pleased to announce that Anastassia Goutseva has joined its coaching staff at the Centre of Excellence.
Under the supervision of national team head coach Denise Sauvé, Goutseva will join coaches Meng Chen, Kasia Kulesza and Julie Sauvé on the staff. She will begin her functions in the following weeks.
Anastassia Goutseva trained in Soviet Union then competed for Belarus when the USSR dissolved in 1991. She joined the coaching ranks in 1998 in Greece, first with clubs, then with its national team. She was Greece’s head coach from 2005 to 2009 leading the nation to the 2008 Olympic Games and the FINA World Aquatic Championships in 2005, 2007 and 2009 as well as the FINA World Cup in 2006. Among her coaching highlights with Greece were two bronze medals and a fourth at the 2006 European Championships.
She was also head coach of the Greek national team at the FINA World Junior Championships in 2006 and 2008 as well as an assistant with the same squad in 2002 and 2004. Greece won the bronze in the team combination event in 2008. At the 2007 European Junior Championships, 2008 European Junior Championships, Anastassia Goutseva led Greece to 1st place in duet, 2nd in solo and 3rd in team and combo, while in 2008, Greece won two silver and two bronze medals.
At the 2004 and 2005 Comen Cup, Anastassia Goutseva guided Greece to seven gold medals and one silver in eight events.
"To have Anastassia Goutseva on our staff is a unique opportunity which will bring a new international dimension to our national team," said national team head coach Denise Sauvé. "Not only will her experience as head coach of a national team for many years and her international results help solidify our coaching staff but also her experience within the European system, as both an athlete and coach, will provide us with a new vision and new ideas. She will share her European-style technical and choreography knowledge which we feel will help advance the Canadian synchronized swimming program and help Synchro Canada attain its objectives."
"It’s a big honor for me to join the Synchro Canada’s Centre of Excellence coaching staff," said Anastassia Goutseva. "I believe my experience and knowledge will complete an already internationally-renowned coaching staff. I am proud to join a team and a program which has proven it is back on the international scene."
Khadija Cutcher at the Centre of Excellence this summer
Synchro Canada is also pleased to announce that Khadija Cutcher has been named an assistant coach for the summer at the Centre of Excellence in Montreal.
Khadija Cutcher started her functions on May 31 and will continue until August 31, 2010.
Currently the head coach at Aquatica Synchro in Winnipeg, Khadija Cutcher was a member of the U.S., team that won the gold medal at the 1991 Pan Am Games. Two years later she launched her coaching career and is currently completing her National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) in Levels four and five.
Khadija Cutcher gained plenty of experience in the U.S. She was head coach of the national 13-15 team at the UANA Championships in 2008 and assistant coach with the national junior team at the U.S., Open in 2003 and 2007.
From 2004 to 2009, Khadija Cutcher was also the tier 6 and 7 coach at Winnipeg Synchro, and then helped launch the Aquatica Synchro club. She was also Synchro Manitoba’s high performance coach from 2004 to 2010 and guided the Manitoba team at the 2007 Canada Games.
In 2009, Khadija Cutcher was an assistant coach with the national 13-15 team that won a bronze medal in the team event at the Comen Cup. She was also an apprentice coach with the A and AA national teams at the 2009 German Open.
About Synchro Canada
Synchro Canada is the national organization that governs synchronized swimming in Canada and that represents more than 130 clubs and 12 000 members all across Canada. A member of FINA, the world’s governing body of aquatic sports, Synchro Canada promotes the quest for excellence through the development of athletes and synchronized swimming ambassadors at all levels Synchro Canada would like to thank its sponsors: Speedo, Sport Canada, Adup Display and MKI Travel. For more information, check out Synchro Canada’s website at www.synchro.ca.
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