Calgary to host 2018 Canadian Qualifier Synchronized Swimming Championships
Synchro Canada – Ottawa, July 17, 2017 — Synchro Canada is pleased to announce that Calgary, AB, will present the 2018 Canadian Synchronized Swimming Qualifier Championships on March 20-25, 2018, at the Repsol Sport Centre.
Hosted by the Calgary Aquabelles in collaboration with Synchro Alberta and Synchro Canada, the Canadian Qualifier Championships is the largest competition on the national calendar and features swimmers from the 13-15, junior (16-18) and senior age groups. At stake in this competition are berths to participate in the year-end National Championships for each age group.
The 2017 Canadian Qualifier Championships, held in Quebec City, welcomed 476 athletes representing 40 clubs from 9 provinces across Canada, as well as 95 coaches and 40 officials.
“Synchro Canada is extremely pleased to be returning to the Repsol Sport Centre in Calgary for the 2018 Canadian Synchronized Swimming Qualifier Championships” said Synchro Canada’s Chief Executive Officer, Jackie Buckingham. “The staff at the Repsol Centre are skilled and passionate about hosting successful events so along with our host hotel – the Ramada Plaza Calgary Downtown, we know we are in great hands. We are also thrilled to work with our superstar volunteer team from the Calgary Aquabelles, and our friends and colleagues at Synchro Alberta who will invest their time and skills to assist us on the ground as our local organizing committee.”
“Synchro Alberta and the Calgary Aquabelles are thrilled to be hosting the 2018 National Qualifier in Calgary” said Helen Kelly, Synchro Alberta President and Sandra Kam, Calgary Aquabelles President. “Alberta and the Aquabelles are known for hosting a top-quality event and this one will carry on that tradition. We look forward to welcoming the athletes, coaches, officials and families to Calgary next March and thanks to the volunteers that will help to make the event a success.”
The event is a major one for the city’s tourism industry. “Attracting this event to Calgary is a testament to our growing reputation as an ultimate host city and our world-class sport facilities.” said Jeff Daniels, Executive Director, Sport, Culture & Major Events at Tourism Calgary. “The economic benefits that accompany the Synchro Canada National Qualifier Championship have significant value to Calgary’s tourism industry including visitor spending at hotels, attractions, restaurants and more. We’re very pleased that Synchro Canada has once again selected Calgary.”
A preliminary Information Package for the event is available for download on Synchro Canada’s website.
The City of Surrey is the second largest city in British Columbia, with a population of over 500,000. Our population continues to grow as people from around the world move to one of the youngest and most culturally diverse cities in Canada. Situated conveniently near Vancouver, the Richmond Airport and right above the US Border, getting around the city itself is a breeze as well, with plenty of attractions throughout. Surrey offers a unique landscape with a variety of activities from its many parks and trails, its beaches on the Pacificocean, to its abundance of diverse restaurants. There’s sure to be an attraction for every visitor!
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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