|Synchro Canada introduces its national senior team members preparing for the 2012 Olympic Games|
Ottawa, November 3, 2011 - Synchro Canada is proud to introduce its 12 member national senior squad which was selected to train together towards determining the final line-up that will be submitted to the Canadian Olympic Committee for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
The Canadian team will be reduced to nine members a few weeks before the Olympic Games as outlined in the International Olympic Committee’s regulations.
These athletes were selected following a one-day team trial which was held on October 28 at Synchro Canada’s Centre of Excellence located at the Centre d’excellence des sports aquatiques du Québec at the Olympic Park Sport Centre pool in Montreal.
The athletes at the selection camp were evaluated by two Canadian FINA international judges who submitted their recommendations to the other selection committee members including the domestic technical director and Synchro Canada’s high performance manager as well as Synchro Canada’s Centre of Excellence coaching staff.
‘’I am very pleased with the 12 athletes we selected that will prepare together for the Olympic Games in London,’’ said coach Julie Sauvé. ‘’The athletes on the team are use to training together for long periods and have also experienced major events over the past few years. There is already chemistry between these athletes.’’
‘’The nomination of this specific training group as well as qualifying for London 2012 at the 2011 Pan American Games nine months from the start of the Olympics will allow to focus solely on creating spectacular routines’’, said Sauvé. ‘’We believe this advantage, that we didn’t have in 2008, will allow us to attain that difficult goal of stepping on the Olympic podium in 2012.’’
National team members in preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games:
- BOUDREAU-GAGNON, Marie-Pier (Rivière-du-Loup, QC)
- BÉLANGER, Geneviève (Laval, QC)
- CARDINAL, Gabrielle (Saint-Lambert, QC)
- DUROCHER, Stéphanie (Repentigny, QC)
- FORTIN, Jo-Annie (Montreal, QC)
- ISAAC, Chloé (Brossard, QC)
- LECLAIR, Stéphanie (Gatineau, QC)
- LITTLE, Tracy (Pointe-Claire, QC)
- MARCOTTE, Élise (L’Ancienne-Lorette, QC)
- THOMAS, Karine (Gatineau, QC)
- WELSH, Valérie (Saint-Nicholas, QC)
- WILLSON, Erin (Toronto, ON)
Julie Sauvé, Meng Chen and Anastassia Goutseva are the national synchronized swimming coaching staff members towards the 2012 Olympic Games.
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.
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