Synchro Canada names 10 Apprentice Coaches

May 19, 2017

Synchro Canada - With a goal to increase the pool of synchronized swimming coaches in Canada who are working towards a future vision for the sport, Synchro Canada invited Canadian coaches to apply for an apprentice opportunity with Synchro Canada National Teams.  After reviewing the applications, 10 coaches from seven different clubs will have the opportunity to learn and grow in the National Team setting this summer.
“We were absolutely delighted with both the number and quality of the applicants for this opportunity,” said Julie Healy, Chief Sport Officer, Synchro Canada.  “It demonstrates the interest in moving the sport forward and I know that working with our National Team coaches will be a truly enriching and growing experience for all of these apprentice coaches. It will be an exciting journey to coaching excellence for everyone involved.”
The coaches, who have already taken part in two days of professional development alongside the National Team coaches after the 2017 Canadian Open Championships, held in Toronto recently, will gain experience to prepare them for future opportunities. They will work with the national team development programs, play key support roles at the camps indicated and some will travel to upcoming competitions.
The 2017 Apprentice Coaches are:

Lisa Butler Thunder Bay Synchro, ON Junior Program Choreography Camp
Samantha Da Costa Quebec Excellence Synchro, QC Senior NextGen Team Training Camp
Ashley Hines Fredericton Synchro, NB 13-15 National Team Camp & Competition
Yingli Hou Waterloo Regional Synchro, ON Junior Program Choreography Camp
Chihiro Ishii Granite Synchro, ON 13-15 National Team Camp
Julie MacFarlane Fredericton Synchro, NB Senior NextGen Team Training Camp
Renée Matte Fredericton Synchro, NB 13-15 National Team Camp
Emily McKim Fredericton Synchro, NB Junior Program Choreography Camp
Geraldine Narvaez Neptune Synchro, QC Senior NextGen Team Training Camp & Competition
Laura Swift Dollard Synchro, QC Senior NextGen Team Training Camp & Competition

About Synchro Canada
Synchro Canada is an organization that fosters the pursuit of excellence while developing athletes, citizens, and ambassadors of the sport of synchronized swimming at all levels. From its 1924 beginnings in Montréal, synchronized swimming has been actively pursued by more than 70 countries worldwide. Canada proudly ranks among the best of these nations.

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For information:

Stéphane Côté
Events & Communications Director