|Synchro Canada names 2011 National Junior and 13-15 Team head coaches|
Ottawa, April 5, 2011 – Synchro Canada is pleased to announce that Jenn Tregale of Calgary and Elena Podolsky of Toronto have been named respectively head coach of the 2011 Synchro Canada National Junior and 13-15 Teams.
Jenn Tregale, currently head coach of the Calgary Aquabelles, was one of the 2010 Canadian Synchro Canada National Junior FINA World Championship Team assistant coaches. This year, she will lead the National Junior Team to a competition this summer that is yet to be determined. The 2011 National Junior Team members will be finalized after the Canadian Open Championships, April 27—May 1, in Calgary.
Elena Podolsky, currently the head coach of the Etobicoke Olympium club, was the National 13-15 team head coach in 2010 and 2007 and the assistant coach in 2005 and 2009. She will guide the squad in a one-month training camp prior to the 2011 Comen Cup set for August 3-7 in Italy. The 2011 National 13-15 Team members will be finalized after the Canadian Espoir Championships, June 1-5, in Gatineau, QC.
“Synchro Canada is already preparing its National Senior Team for the 2012 Olympic Games. However, long term planning is also important for us, including the preparation of our rising stars. We believe that Jenn Tregale and Elena Podolsky will be able to share their experience and knowledge so our young athletes, our future Canadian representatives at the Olympic Games, will learn from their great international experiences,” said Catherine Gosselin-Després, Synchro Canada’s Chief Executing Officer.
Over the next few weeks, Jenn Tregale, Elena Podolsky and Synchro Canada will finalize the coaching staff for both teams.
At the 2010 FINA Junior World Championships, Canada won three bronze medals. At the 2010 Comen Cup, the National 13-15 Team won two medals, including one gold in solo and one silver in duet.
Jenn Tregale of Calgary has more than 20 years coaching experience in the sport and has been head coach at the Calgary Aquabelles Club since 2004. She is currently completing her level 4 N.C.C.P. certification and she also brings an impressive international resume. She was one of the assistant coaches for the 2010 National Junior Team who represented Canada at the FINA World Junior Championships. She was also the National Junior Team head coach at the Pan Am Junior Championships in 2009, the National B Team head coach at the 2008 Swiss Open as well as the National Junior Team head coach at the 2007 U.S. Open Championships. Jenn Tregale participated as an apprentice coach at the FINA World Junior Championships in 1993 as well as the Commonwealth Games and FINA World Aquatic Championships in 1994.
Born in Russia, Elena Podolsky was the synchronized swimming head coach at the School of Sport Excellence in Moscow from 1982 to 1990 where she guided young athletes to junior and senior national teams. She moved to Canada in 1990. Her vast knowledge in synchronized swimming, including an expertise in flexibility, earned her coaching positions on several national teams including Australia, Cuba, Slovakia and Greece. She worked with the Canadian national team in preparation for the 2004 Olympics as well as the Greek Olympic Team in 2000 and 2004.
Elena Podolsky is now the head coach of the Olympium Synchro Club in Etobicoke and is currently completing her level 4 and 5 N.C.C.P. certification. She was head coach of the 2008 Canadian National Junior Team and an assistant coach with the junior squad in 2004 and 2006. She was also head coach of the National 13-15 Team in 2010 and 2007, and an assistant coach in 2005 and 2009.
About Synchro Canada
Synchro Canada is the national organization governing synchronized swimming in Canada. It represents 10 provincial associations, a territorial association, as well as some 150 clubs and 12,000 members across Canada. A member of FINA, the world’s governing aquatic sports organization, Synchro Canada promotes the quest for excellence by developing the athletes, citizens and ambassadors of the sport of synchronized swimming at every level. Synchro Canada would like to thank its sponsors:
Official partner: Epiderma
Program partners: Sport Canada, Own The Podium, B2ten, the Centre national multisport-Montréal
Official suppliers: Speedo, AdUp, MKI Travel, National Car Rental.
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