Please see below important news about Synchro Canada:
- Synchro Canada announces annual award winners…
Synchro Canada is pleased to name its annual award winners which were announced at the Annual General Assembly October 22-24 in Banff, Alberta. Check out the 2010 Annual Report from Synchro Canada: http://www.synchro.ca/index.php?option=com_content&task=category&id=23&Itemid=53&lang=english.
The recipients were elected based on nominations put forth by Synchro Canada members. The final selections were made by Synchro Canada’s Awards Committee.
Synchro Canada would also like to mention that Synchro Saskatchewan received the Sylvie Fortier Award as the provincial association with the highest membership growth percentage in the last year.
Check out the press release: http://www.synchro.ca/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=271&Itemid=64&lang=english.
- … and introduces its Board of Directors for 2010-11
Also on the weekend Synchro Canada determined its Board of Directors for the upcoming year.
President: Lisa Schott (Calgary, AB, continues her mandate)
Members: Janice MacLellan (Whitby, ON, continues her mandate), Henry Scheil (Calgary, AB, continues his mandate), Mario Welsh (Saint-Nicholas, QC, re-elected for two years), Pat McCann (Cobourg, ON, new member), Courtney Brown (London, ON, Athlete’s Council President)
Synchro Canada would also like to thank Sheilagh Croxon for her two years of service to Synchro Canada’s Board of Directors. She decided not to seek re-election this year.
Check out the Synchro Canada’s Board of Directors page: http://www.synchro.ca/index.php?option=com_content&task=category&id=15&Itemid=72&lang=english.
- Three important events for our coaches coming up in November
Synchro Canada is inviting all its coaches to take part in the following events coming up soon:
- Synchro Canada High Performance Summit (November 19-20, Ottawa)
- SPIN Summit (November 17-18, Ottawa)
- 2010 Petro-Canada Sport Leadership Conference (November 18-21, Ottawa)
You can find all the information about those events in the Coaches section on our Website: http://www.synchro.ca/index.php?option=com_content&task=category&id=45&Itemid=36&lang=english.
- Resume of the last FINA Extraordinary Congress
Check it out the resume from Synchro Canada on the last FINA Extraordinary Congress, which was held in China during the 2010 FINA World Cup, regarding FINA rule changes. Check it out now: http://www.synchro.ca/images/stories/documents/Newsletter/overviewextraordinarycongresschina2010.pdf.
- NEW: Canadian Synchronized Swimming Community Member of the Month
Would you like to mention a performance or an extraordinary story regarding one of your swimmers or judges? Or would you like to point out the hard work of one of your volunteers or administrators? Share in the celebration and achievements of this person with the sport by submitting their candidature as the Canadian Synchronized Swimming Community Member of the Month. To do so, please send the name, a picture (if possible) and an explanation of why you think this person should be the Canadian Synchronized Swimming Community Member of the Month to
. In the last newsletter of each month, one person will be recognized as the Canadian Synchronized Swimming Community Member of the Month and will be on the Synchro Canada Website and Facebook page. We are eagerly awaiting for your nomination!
- Centre of Excellence athletes blog
Read the new athletes blog from Synchro Canada's Center of Excellence. This week, Anne-Marie Vézina wrote about the National Team selection. Read it now: http://www.synchro.ca/index.php?option=com_content&task=category&id=84&Itemid=33&lang=english.
- The Calgary Aquabelles are photo contest nominees
Last season, the Calgary Aquabelles Junior Team was photographed by a man named Andras Schram. These photos were done for Talisman Centre's grand re-opening. One of the pictures he took was entered into a contest for Sports Illustrated's "Editor's Favourite Sport Shots". There were over 11,000 entries and his pic staring the Calgary Aquabelles was one of 36 chosen! The way he entered the pic is actually upside down but it was done for "artistic effect". Check out the winning pictures now: http://cpn.canon-europe.com/content/news/colton_revealed.do.
- The Government of Canada Supports Our Summer Sport Athletes
The Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport) attended the Team Sport Summit and confirmed funding to 44 Canadian summer sports organizations October, 19, 2010. "Canada's summer sport athletes are an enormous source of pride for all Canadians, and our Government is proud to support and promote their dedication and pursuit of excellence," said Minister of State Lunn. "We saw how well they competed at the recent Commonwealth Games, and as our athletes and coaches prepare for future Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games, this investment will continue to give them the tools they need in their pursuit of excellence." More details: http://www.pch.gc.ca/pc-ch/infoCntr/cdm-mc/index-eng.cfm?action=doc&DocIDCd=CGL101359.
- COC President Marcel Aubut Presents Best Practices at First-Ever World Olympic Sport Convention
Olympic leaders, sports ministers and government representatives from across the globe gathered in Acapulco, Mexico during the weekend of October 22 at the first World Olympic Sport Convention. Among the approximately 120 sport dignitaries attending the meeting, organized by the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) President Mario Vazquez Rana, were Canadian Olympic Committee President Marcel Aubut, COC Immediate Past President Michael Chambers and Minister of State (Sport) Gary Lunn. More details: http://www.olympic.ca/en/news/coc-president-marcel-aubut-presents-best-practices-first-ever-world-olympic-sport-convention/.
- Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games: Athlete Advisory Council
The Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games Host Corporation has created an Athlete Advisory Council (AAC) to support and enhance their overall vision. The Council will represent and promote the views and interests of high performance athletes to ensure Toronto 2015 is an athlete centered Games. Deadline: November 22, 2010. More details: http://www.athletescan.com/Images/Word%20Documents/2015%20Call%20for%20Interest.pdf.
- Present an influential woman
The CAAWS wants to recognize women who have made a significant impact in these fields. Nominate your choice for the 2010 list if she is a powerful woman who is influencing sport and physical activity in this country. She may be an athlete who has achieved national or international recognition? Or an executive who has led an organization with a clear, defined vision? Perhaps she is a volunteer who has donated countless hours to coaching or organizing? Or someone in the print or broadcast media who influences coverage of girls/women in sport and physical activity? Deadline for nominations is Friday, November 26, 2010. More details: http://www.caaws.ca/influentialwomen/e/index.htm.
- News from the members
Do you have any news that you would like to share with other provinces and members? That news can be on any subject, including about an athlete, coach, administrator or official, or even on your provincials programs or competitions. Send them to
and we’ll be more than happy to share it with the other members.
Synchro Canada would like to wish a great maternity leave to Jadine Cleary, Domestic Technical Director for Synchro Canada, and to Kasia Kulesza, assistant-coach at the Centre of Excellence. Jadine’s last day is Friday, October 29, while Kasia’s last day was Saturday, October 23.
The University of Alberta is looking for past graduates that are interested in supporting the creation of a U of A Synchronized Swimming Alumni Chapter. Involvement varies from becoming a member of the executive of the alumni chapter to receiving a newsletter (via email). We need to know if we have enough support for the formation of this Chapter. Please email us at
to let us know if you would like to see our program create a chapter (please include “ALUMNI CHAPTER” in the subject). You don’t have to commit to volunteering at this time, but we would like to hear from you so we know that this is the right direction to take.