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surrey teen swimmer in sync for Canada winter games

Sullivan Heights student Seray Sefayi on B.C.'s synchronized swimming team in Prince George in February - Surrey Now by Kyle Benning on December 9, 2014

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Nine Synchronized Swimmming Athletes Named to Team BC for 2015 Canada Winter Games

November 24, 2014

Synchro BC is proud to announce the nine athletes who will compete for Team BC in synchronized swimming at the 2015 Canada Winter Games.

Alanna Stobbe, (Abbotsford, BC)
Emma Choo (Victoria, BC)
Katie Stirrat, (Vancouver, BC)
Katrina Hohensee (Kamloops, BC)
Lisa Koyama-Wong (Vancouver, BC)
Luiza Vasylyeva (Victoria, BC)
Sarah Jones (Victoria, BC)
Seray Sefayi (Surrey, BC)
Stefanie Dickinson (North Vancouver, BC)

Coaches:
Tara Gant, Victoria
Olena Foshchevska, Victoria

“It’s really exciting to be a part of Team BC and to take part in such a big event that so many great athletes have taken part in before us,” said Stefanie Dickinson (North Vancouver). “Working and training with the best in BC has been such a fun experience that wouldn't have been possible otherwise and we are excited to go up against the best teams in Canada.”

The athletes started selection for the 2015 Canada Winter Games team in August 2013. They have gone through a series of selections throughout the 2013/2014 season and competed together in July 2014 at the US Open competition.

Being a part of the Canada Winter Games Team is such an amazing experience for me,” said athlete Sarah Jones (Victoria). “It has allowed me to meet and become friends with girls from other clubs who are just as enthusiastic about synchro as I am. Although the training camps have been hard, I have learned to deal with stressful and tiring situations and have come out stronger as an athlete and teammate. I am so looking forward to the Games. Go Team BC!”

“The team has training camps planned twice a month throughout the fall,” said Head Coach Tara Gant. “The girls have come together has a team well and great friendships have formed and I am sure they will have lasting memories.”

The team will be competing at the Surrey Sport and Leisure Centre on December 13 and 14 for the solo and duet selections which will lead to the Provincial Championships and Canada Winter Games send-off at Saanich Commonwealth Place (Victoria) February 13-15, 2015. At the 2015 Canada Winter Games the synchronized swimming competition will take place in the second week of the Games, February 22-28, 2015.

About Synchro BC
Synchro BC was formed in 1952 and is the organization governs the sport of synchronized in the province providing opportunities for athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers. Our programs include a wide range of participation, recreation and competitive levels to participants of all ages, genders, and skill levels. Synchro BC is a not-for-profit society with a volunteer Board of Directors, volunteer committees and a small office staff. For more information visit www.synchro.bc.ca

About Team BC
Team BC brings together the best athletes, coaches, managers, and mission staff to represent British Columbia at the Canada Winter Games, Canada Summer Games, and Western Canada Summer Games. Team BC will send a dedicated team of 350 to the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George, February 13 to March 1, 2015. For more information visit TeamBC.org.

About the Canada Winter Games
The Canada Games are a national multi-sport competition with participation from every province and territory in Canada. The Games are held every two years, alternating between winter and summer and are a key step in the development of Canada’s amateur athletes. The 2015 Canada Winter Games will be held in Prince George, bringing together approximately 3,300 athletes, coaches, and managers from every province and territory to compete in 19 sports.

Contact:
Annie Smith
Executive Director
Synchro BC
604-333-3642
ed@synchro.bc.ca

Lia Threlfall
Team BC
Communications Manager
Office: 250-387-4688
Cell: 250-812-3887
liat@bcgames.org

The full press release can be found on Team BC's website.


Synchro Bc - New Event Manager - Jennifer Halfhide

On behalf of the Board and staff at Synchro BC, I am honoured to announce that effective November 1, 2014, Jennifer Halfhide is fulfilling all duties and responsibilities related to the half-time position of EVENTS MANAGER. Jennifer will be in charge of all competitions and events in British Columbia.

Jennifer has experience as an Event Manager at the BC Games Society and as a Recreation Programmer for the District of Saanich and City of Victoria. This will be her first time working for a Provinical Sport Organization. “I am pleased to be joining the team at Synchro BC”, said Jennifer. “I thank the Board and staff for the opportunity and look forward to the learning to come”.

Synchro BC is very happy to welcome Jennifer to our team. We are confident her extensive knowledge will help advance and better Synchro BC.

Please join me in formally welcoming Jennifer Halfhide to our organization! Jennifer can be reached by email.

Annie Smith
Executive Director
Synchro BC

Full Press Release can be downloaded here.


2014-2015 Season Updated

Plese note that all documents for the 2014-2015 season have been updated on the website. updated documents are as follows:

Please contact the office if you have any questions by email or 604-333-3640.


Synchro BC Member Survey report

The Members of Synchro BC were invited to take part in a Member Survey between May 23, 2014 and June 16, 2014. The Synchro BC Board, Staff and targeted members held a Strategic Planning Meeting on September 12-13, 2014.

Please find below the report of the Member Survey. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Synchro BC would like to thank the 105 members that took the time to answer the survey.


In Honour of Ryan and the Fagnan Family




Thank you to everyone who donated and supported our run in Ryan's Legacy! Together we raised $6,697.56 for childhood cancers. Get your shoes laced up for next year, 'Ryan's Runners' will run once again in honour of a beautiful life.


Celebrate Sports Day!

On November 30, 2013 British Columbians will join citizens across the country to celebrate RBC Sports Day in Canada. As part of this annual celebration of sport, we are joining ViaSport and the BC sport sector in the launch of a Play ViaSport campaing. Check out the full article.

Click on the Press Play button below to see a list of all our BC Synchronized Swimming Clubs and contacts. Visit the Play viaSport campaign for all participating BC Sports.

Contact us if you have any questions.


2013 Raffle Draw

Congratulations to our 2013-2014 Raffle Draw winners:

1 Rhonda Vanderfluit (VPW)
$1,000.00
2 Randi Lynch
$500.00
3 Gerry Pollock (NAN)
$500.00
4 Augusto Rosas (BCAQ)
$100.00
5 Brittany Tonello (FVM)
$100.00
6 Rhonda Vanderfluit (VPW)
$100.00
7 Dr. S.K. Stepne (WCM)
$100.00
8 Shelby Harding (PEM)
$100.00
9 Michele Buchholz (VERN)
$100.00
10 Lise Radgers (CR)
$100.00
11 Nadine Sadler (BCAQ)
$100.00
12 Kondrad Iten (BCAQ)
$100.00
13 Tony Lindsay (VPW) $100.00


Charlotte Tutte Memorial Bursary

The Charlotte Tutte Memorial Bursary goes to an athlete that participated in a BC club for at least two years, with steady improvements indicated by competition results and intends to continue her Synchro swim career to the senior level.

This year's Charlotte Tutte Bursary Award goes to Stefanie Dickinson from the Vancouver Pacific Wave.

Previous Recipients:

Season Name Club
2013-2014 Stefanie Dickinson
VPW
2012-2013 Rene Bell BCAQ
2011-2012 Lucy Boulton BCAQ
2010-2011 Liza Leusenko VPW 
2009-2010 Meghan Dougan NAN
2008-2009 Mikayla Francis BCAQ 
2007-2008 Chelsea Rogers BCAQ
2004-2005 Sandy Gill BCAQ
2001-2002 Laura Hlayach / Kayla Johansen  
1999-2000 Tanya Matson BCAQ


Donalda Smith Award

Donalda Smith was a pioneer for our sport both nationally and internationally and has been recognized numerous times for her accomplishments and for her commitment to ensuring that Synchronized Swimming be recognized as an Olympic Sport. This award goes to the athlete with the highest achievements in the 2011-2012 competitive synchro season.

This year's Donalda Smith Excellence Award goes to Liza Leusenko and her Coach Kara Kalin from Vancouver Pacific Wave.

Season Athlete Coach Club
2012-2013 Erin Williams &
Natasha Heine
Susan Kemper
BCAQ
2011-2012 Liza Leusenko Kara Kalin VPW
2010-2011 Liza Leusenko Kara Kalin VPW
2009-2010 Olivia Zawadiuk Tanya Matson & Susan Kemper BCAQ
2008-2009 Veronica Winter Susan Kemper BCAQ 
2007-2008 Veronica Winter Jen Jacklin BCAQ
2006-2007 Sandy Gill Susan Kemper BCAQ 


Excellence in Coaching Award

As part of the continued effort to recognize and support excellence in the province of BC, Synchro BC is awarding the Excellence in Coaching Award each y ear. The Excellence in Coaching Award was created to recognize outstanding individuals who demonstrate exemplary leadership in the sport of synchonized swimming at the provincial level.

The recipients for the past years are as follows:

Season Coach Club
2013-2014 Disa Fladmark BC Aquasonics

 



Media Kit

Aisha Vance, of PSSV, has developed a media kit specific for synchro clubs. Aisha took the Media Communications programmer at BCIT and majored in Broadcast TV and Radio News (journalism). While at BCIT she worked as a news reporter for 107.9 CFML and for Astral Media Radio. After completing BCIT Aisha was hired at Global TV in Vancouver as a researcher and then started working as a writer for both the morning show and news hour final. Aisha moved to Victoria where she completed her degree in professional/ corporate communications from Royal Roads University and worked part time at A Channel (CTV) and CFAX news radio.

Currently she works with a NGO in Victoria as a Communications Specialist.

We hope that you find this guide helpful. Please contact Aisha directly should you have any questions. Thank-you Aisha for sharing your knowledge on the subject!

Check out the Media Kit by downloading it.