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Synchro Canada News: June 17, 2010

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  1. 2010 Canadian Espoir Championships
    Jacqueline Simoneau (Montréal Synchro, tier 6, 15 and -) and Clémence Jonsson (Dollard Synchro, tier 6, 16 and +) shined by accumulating the most points in their respective category during the 2010 Canadian Espoir Championships. Relive the event by:
    - Reading all press releases:
    - Getting a look at the full results:
    - Check also pictures of the National Teams watershow presented during the 2010 Canadian Espoir Championships:

  2. Burnaby welcoming nearly 70 athletes at the 2010 Synchro Canada Canadian Masters Nationals
    Nearly 70 synchronized swimmers between 22 and 73 years old will be at the Margaret & Paul Savage Aquatic Centre in Burnaby, British Columbia, for the 2010 Synchro Canada Canadian Masters Nationals. Presented by the Vancouver Masters Synchronized Swimming club, Synchro BC and Synchro Canada, the event will host competitors from 11 clubs in the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Saskatchewan, as from Seattle, U.S.A. More details:

  3. National Team athletes also synchro in F1
    During the F1 Grand Prix week festivities, held in Montreal last weekend, National Team athletes took part to a celebrity pit stop challenge against other athletes including Alexandre Bilodeau and Jennifer Heil (freestyle skiing), Kalyna Roberge, Tania Vicent, Marianne St-Gelais and Charles Hamelin (short track speed skating), Roseline Filion (diving) and some women water-polo national team members. While Tracy Little was competing with some freestyle skiing athletes, Ève Lamoureux, Chloé Isaac, Marie-Pier Boudreau-Gagnon and Élise Marcotte proudly represented synchronized swimming by winning the competition. Marie-Pier and Élise stopped the clock à 9.03 seconds to win the title. Congratulations! See pictures of the event:

  4. Synchro Canada represented by a 10-athletes team at the Spanish Open
    Synchro Canada will send a team of 10 swimmers to the 2010 Spanish Open which will be held June 18-20 at Castellón, Spain. Canadian Team members are Cassidy Beaver-Nicol (Westwold, B.C.), Geneviève Bélanger (Laval, QC), Claire Friesen (Calgary, AB), Sandy Gill (Coquitlam, B.C.), Audrey Houle (Gentilly, QC), Lisa Mikelberg (Montreal, QC), Marie-Lou Morin (Montreal, QC), Catherine Powell (Montreal, QC), Marie Rondeau (Quebec City, QC), and Anne-Marie Vézina (L’Ancienne-Lorette, QC). Please note that the finals will be broadcasted live on June 19 (11 am EST) and June 20 (4 am EST) on and More details:

  5. Center of Excellence athletes blog
    Read the new blog of the athletes of the Synchro Canada's Center of Excellence. This week, Chloé Isaac wrote about the National Teams watershow. Read it now:

  6. Synchro Canada announces its 2010 13-15 national team
    Synchro Canada is pleased to announce its 2010 13-15 national team which will compete at the 2010 Comen Cup, July 21-25, in Chania, Greece. The 10-member squad is led by the 2010 Synchro Canada 13-15 national team head coach Elena Podolsky (Toronto, ON- Etobicoke Olympium) and her assistants Geneviève Mercier (Quebec City, QC-Synchro Élite) and Johana Vasquez (Terrebonne, QC-Montréal Synchro). Maude Pelchat (Laval, QC, Dollard Synchro) will also be there as an apprentice coach and team leader. More details:

  7. Call for Nominations of Board Members
    Check the AGM section on our Website to find information on the call for nominations of Board Members. You’ll find the call for nominations, the nomination form and the list of questions of Synchro Canada. Check the AGM section now:

  8. Jobs opportunities
    - Age Group Coach (Bozeman Stingrays, Montana, U.S.A.)
    - Head Coach (Lausanne Natation, Switzerland)
    More details:

  9. A bursary for Jacqueline Simoneau
    Jacqueline Simoneau is one of the recipients of the 2010 Cirque du Soleil Bursary Program. Dedicated to athletes performing in a a sport often exhibited in Cirque du Soleil shows (artistic and rhythmic gymnastics, synchronized swimming, diving and trampoline), the Cirque du Soleil Bursary Program was at its sixth edition. Congratulations Jacqueline! More details (French only):

  10. June 2010 SIRC Newsletter
    Check the latest edition of the SIRC Newsletter on the compression garments. Compression garments were originally designed for therapeutic medical use, especially for those suffering from circulatory conditions. However, over the years researchers have come to observe that there could be benefits to wearing compression garments while exercising and participating in sports. Benefits range from muscle fatigue and power production to circulation, even injury prevention and recovery. Although there is still research to be done this area, findings could change athletic attire forever. More details:

  11. CAC Announces Publication of a Ground-breaking Book
    Taking the Lead: Strategies and Solutions from Female Coaches, a joint initiative of the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) and the University of Alberta Press, is an extensive and frank exploration by leaders in women's coaching of the values women bring to the coaching profession. More details:

  12. 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 This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it and we’ll be more than happy to share it with the other members.

    Swim Alberta General Manager James Hood and Synchro Alberta Executive Director Jennifer Byrne Luzia are pleased to announce the additions of Chris Wilson as Sport Promotion Officer and Debra Ward as Communications and Media Consultant. Welcome!

    Synchro Quebec presented its 2010 13-15 provincial team which will represent Canadian synchronized swimming at the UANA Age Group Championships, September 2-5, 2010, in Lima, Peru, with other representatives from Synchro Ontario. They are Marie-Ève Chouinard, Madison Craney, Florence Despins, Maya Gutzait, Virginie Lévesque, Katherine Rhéaume, Carol Ross, Myriam Sabourin, Élizabeth Savard and Pascale Turpin. Geneviève Mercier and Maude Pelchat are the coaches. Congratulations! More details (French only):

    Synchro Quebec also presented its 2010 Junior provincial team which will represent Canadian synchronized swimming at the US Open, July 14-17, 2010, in Irving, Texas, with other representatives from Synchro BC. They are Janelle Ball, Aude Bégin-Richard, Andréanne Cormier, Laura Dee, Marie-Claude Hébert, Anne-Sophie Levasseur, Katherine Macleod, Camille Rémillard and Haley Ricci. Carolanne Gagnon will also take part to the event in the senior competition. Nathalie Lagrange, Karine Doré and Geneviève Beauregard-Ross are the coaches. Congratulations! More details (French only):

    National Team member Élise Marcotte volunteerly did a public speech on her Olympic experience in a Regional Unit of leisure and sports in the Quebec area on Thursday, June 3.

    National Team member Valérie Welsh, which is also coaching a tier 3 team in Saint-Bruno, did a demo with her teamate Stéphanie Leclair at her team annual gala. Valérie is also the mentor of the Chaudières-Appalaches club, near Quebec City. The athletes can ask her questions through the Website. She also performed at the team annual gala and, next year, will help the team with the choreography. Also, with her teamate Élise Marcotte, Valérie presented a motivational speech at her last club, Synchro Élite. During the same weekend, Valérie did a demo and a conference in her first club, Aquadanse de Sainte-Foy. She also answered some questions from the parents and signed some autographs. Finally, Valérie went to the Drummondville Nixines club to do a demo and ran a technical clinic.