Please find below important news from Synchro Canada:
- Updates on national competitions
2011 Canadian Open Championships
- Final schedule is now available! Please check out the changes, including those for Saturday.
2011 Canadian Espoir Championships
- Registration deadline is Friday, April 15th, 2011.
- See and order the official clothes for the 2011 Canadian Espoir Championships.
2011 Canadian Masters Championships
- Information package #2 is now available.
- Synchro Canada names 2011 National Junior and 13-15 Team head coaches
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. More details.
- April 2011 Canadian Synchronized Swimming Community Member of the Month
April 2011 Canadian Synchronized Swimming Community Member is: Allison Balan from Halifax, N.S. Congratulations! Check out her story.
- Montreal presented formal bid for the 2017 FINA World Aquatic Championships
The Cities/National Federations of Guadalajara (MEX), Guangzhou (CHN), Hong Kong (HKG), Kazan (RUS) and Montreal (CAN, only for 2017) presented formal bids to host the 16th FINA World Championships in 2015 and the 17th FINA World Championships in 2017. More details.
- 2011 Centre of Excellence Selection
Synchro Canada would like you to mark your calendars for the Centre of Excellence Selection: August 25th to 27th, 2011! More details to come in the next month.
- Call for Billet Families in Toronto and Montreal
Synchro Canada is calling on families who would like to host a National Junior (6 weeks) or 13-15 (4 weeks) athlete this summer during their National Team training camp. Billet families receive a daily honourarium for each athlete they billet. Responsibilities of billet families may include: Airport pickups and dropoffs, daily transportation to training (car pools can be arranged), preparing meals and snacks, etc. What a great experience for your family to get to spend the summer getting to know our National Team athletes! Any families who live close (within a 30 min drive) to the Etobicoke Olympium or Montreal Olympic Stadium and would like to help host a National Team athlete are encouraged to contact Kristen Brawley, High Performance Manager (
- Congratulations to coaches evaluated at the Competition Development level
Synchro Canada would like to congratulate the following four coaches who have recently been evaluated at the Competition Development level. These coaches are currently Level 3 certified and when we receive Comp Dev conditional approval, they will be the first ones certified under the Comp Dev context. Congratulations to: Manny Wu (Granite Synchro, ON), Julia McLean (Durham Synchro, ON), Samantha Kowalski (Kitchner-Waterloo Synchro, ON) and Shelagh Graham (Aquatica Synchro, MB). Check out again Synchro Canada's N.C.C.P. update.
- Development Teams
Synchro Canada is happy to present the new development teams:
Athlete Development Team
Jennifer Langlois (Chair), Vanessa Keenan (AB), Éliane Fortier (QC), Mireille Deschênes (QC), Kara Heald (ON) and Kathy Flynn (ON)
Domestic Development Team
Jennifer Langlois (Chair), Jennifer Shaver (ON), Geneviève Mercier (QC), Pam Larose (AB) and Laurie Wachs (SK)
Coach Development Team
Khadija Cutcher (Chair), Susan Kemper (BC), Shelley Ganske (MB), Jojo Carrier-Thivierge (QC) and Laura Cole (NL)
- New Finance Policy
Check out Synchro Canada’s new Finance Policy.
- In your mailbox
In the next few days, all Synchro Canada members will receive a letter signed by Marie-Pier Boudreau-Gagnon, National Team member, asking you to help young synchro swimmers achieve their dreams by making a donation to the Club Excellence Program. This letter, as well as a donation form, is available in a new section of the Synchro Canada’s website, Donate now. Shortly, you will also be able to make a donation online through PayPal. Check it out now.
- Marie-Pier Boudreau-Gagnon got a bursary from the National Bank Financial Group
Marie-Pier Boudreau-Gagnon is amongst the 26 athletes who received a bursary from the National Bank Financial Group. Congratulations! More details (French only).
- Bids: 2012 National Competitions
You can now apply to host the 2012 Synchro Canada national championships, including the Eastern/Atlantic Divisionals, Canadian Open, Espoir and Masters championships. The 2012 Western Divisional Championships is already planned to be held in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The deadline to apply is May 6th, 2011. More details.
- Travel packages available for the next Synchro Canada's National Team international competitions in 2011 and 2012
Ludus Tours has created specific packages to make it hassle-free and affordable to cheer on Synchro Canada at the 2011 FINA World Championships in Shanghai, the 2011 Pan Am Games in Guadalajara and the 2012 Summer Games in London. With the FINA World Championships right around the corner Ludus Tours wants to make sure you know you have the option to book a turn-key event through them. For FINA World Championships packages they have also put a refund policy in place for athlete families and friends: If you book your trip now, it will be fully refundable minus a $100 processing fee. Once the rosters are set, you will have 72 hours to contact Ludus Tours if it’s necessary to have your package refunded. Ludus Tours have a dedicated account manager, Megan Eriksen, specifically for FINA to help you plan your trip and answer any questions you may have. Feel free to contact her directly at
. More details:
- 2011 FINA World Aquatic Championships
- 2011 PanAmerican Games
- 2012 Olympic Games
- Ludus Tours Website
- Six new events added to the Olympic Winter Games programme in Sochi
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) confirmed the inclusion of six new events on the programme of the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi in 2014. They are ski half-pipe (men and women), women’s ski jumping, biathlon mixed relay, figure skating team event and luge team relay. More details.
- IOC addresses eligibility of female athletes with hyperandrogenism
The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) confirmed the need to set up clear rules to determine the eligibility of female athletes with hyperandrogenism in female competitions, starting with the Olympic Games in London next year. More details.
- Scott Stevenson to serve as interim CEO at Commonwealth Games Canada
Commonwealth Games Canada Director of Sport, Scott Stevenson, has been appointed interim Chief Executive Officer until a replacement can be found for the outgoing CEO, Thomas Jones. More details.
- Call for applications: Stacey Levitt Women and Sport Scholarship
Applications are now being accepted for the 2011 Stacey Levitt Women and Sport Scholarship. The scholarship, valued at $2,500, is awarded annually to a young woman, a girls’ team, or a sport organization that exemplify Stacey’s ideals and qualities. The scholarship, which honours the memory of Stacey, is distributed among five recipients; each recipient will receive $500. More details.
- News from the members
Do you have any news that you would like to share with other provinces and members? Your news can be on any subject, including about an athletes, coaches, administrators or officials. It can even be about your provincials programs or competitions. Send them to
and we’ll be more than happy to share it with the other members.
Jordan Field and Tess Kruspe, with their coach Elena Podolsky, from the Olympium Synchronized Swimming Club, took part in the 2011 U.S. Junior Championships held in Clermont, Florida, March 31-April 2. In the figures event, Tess Kruspe took the 10th position while Jordan Field was 21st. In duet, the athletes took the 5th position. Congratulations! Official results.