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Synchro BC seeking technical Director
The British Columbia Amateur Synchronized Swimming Association (Synchro BC) is accepting applications for a part-time Technical Director.
This position will involve approximately 10 hours per week and will continue for a 12-month term, from July 15, 2015 through to June 30, 2016, with the possibility of extension. The start date may be negotiable. The Technical Director position is based in Burnaby at the Synchro BC office in Fortius Sport and Health, and travel/weekend work may be required. This role requires excellent planning, prioritizing and time management skills with the ability to meet deadlines.
Please download the updated (June 10, 2015) full Technical Director job posting here. Please note the application deadline of June 20, 2015.
Stefanie Dickinson on Junior National Team
May 13, 2015
Vancouver Pacific Wave is proud to announce that Stefanie Dickinson has been selected to Synchro Canada's Junior National squad! She placed 7th in Canada and we look forward to watching her represent Canada this summer!
Follow this link to read the full Synchro Canada announcement.
Stefanie Dickinson was also on the BC 2015 Canada Winter Games Team.
Good luck Stefanie! All of BC will be cheering you on!
The National Junior Team will attend a camp in Calgary from June 29th to August 15th to represent the country at the 2015 UANA Synchronized Swimming Pan American Age Group Championships in August.
Revelstoke Rainbows Had a Marvelous Synchronized Swim Meet
March 8, 2015 by Monica Parkin from The Revelstoke Current.
This weekend my friends and I went to a synchronized swim meet in Kelowna. We have been training once a week with our coaches Carmen Legate and Sherrelle Anderson since October.
We left Revelstoke at 6am and drove to Kelowna. When we got there we got into our sparkly blue swim suits and then put gelatin in our hair. We put it in so that when we do our routines our hair doesn’t get in our face. Then we went out on deck and we did our warm up...
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UBC Winter Watershow - Featuring The Dandelion Athletes
February 17, 2015
Vancouver Pacific Wave and UBC Synchro are hosting the UBC Winter Watershow, featuring the Dandelion Athletes. The Watershow will take place at the UBC Pool on Febarury 27th from 8 to 9pm. Please check out our Calendar for more information.
Vancouver Pacific Wave's Liza Leusenko and Kelli GUstafsson are in the NEws
February 3, 2015
Vancouver Pacific Wave is proud to congratulate two of their alumin athletes who competed this past weekend in Missouri. Both athletes have received full ride scholarships to Lindenwood University and took home the win this past weekend against Incarnate word. Congratulations Liza and Kelli, we are so proud! Check out the full article here.
Charlotte Tutte Memorial Bursary
January 24, 2015
The Charlotte Tutte Memorial Bursary is now open for applications.
Please download the Criteria and General Rules here.
Deadline is February 7th, 2015
Team BC Unveils Uniform and Pin Package for the 2015 Canada Winter Games
On January 22, 2015, four of the Synchronized Swimming Team BC athletes helped unveil the Univorm and Pin Package for the 2015 Canada Winter Games.
Check out the full press release here!
Check out the uniform and pin package here!
Check out more photos from the uniform photo shoot on Flickr!
Synchro BC names solo and duets for 2015 CWG
On Sunday December 14, the Team BC synchronized swimming athletes were in the pool at the Surrey Sport and Leisure Centre competing for the solo and duet placements for the 2015 Canada Winter Games. Synchro BC is pleased to name named the two duets and two solos that will be representing Team BC at the 2015 Canada Winter Games.
Duet 1 - Katrina Hohensee (Kamloops) and Sarah Jones (Victoria)
Duet 2 - Katie Stiratt (Vancouver) and Stefanie Dickinson (North Vancouver)
Solo 1 - Katrina Hohensee (Kamloops)
Solo 2 - Luiza Vasylyeva (Victoria)
The coaches and athletes have put the routines together quickly and are very excited to be selected as the extra routines for the 2015 Canada Winter Games. After holidays, the girls will come back with extra motivation to get ready for the 2015 Games in February.
Click here to see the News Release on the Team BC websote.
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
Please click here to read the full article.
Nine Synchronized Swimmming Athletes Named to Team BC for 2015 Canada Winter GamesNovember 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)
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.
The full press release can be found on Team BC's website.
Synchro Bc - New Event Manager - Jennifer HalfhideOn 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.
Full Press Release can be downloaded here.
2014-2015 Season UpdatedPlese note that all documents for the 2014-2015 season have been updated on the website. updated documents are as follows:
- 2014-2015 Competitions Schedule
- 2014-2015 Member Registration
- 2014-2015 Officials Registration
- 2014-2015 Technical Package
- 2014-2015 Technical Skills Program
- 2014-2015 Flexibility Monitoring Program
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.
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)
|3||Gerry Pollock (NAN)
|4||Augusto Rosas (BCAQ)
|5||Brittany Tonello (FVM)
|6||Rhonda Vanderfluit (VPW)
|7||Dr. S.K. Stepne (WCM)
|8||Shelby Harding (PEM)
|9||Michele Buchholz (VERN)
|10||Lise Radgers (CR)
|11||Nadine Sadler (BCAQ)
|12||Kondrad Iten (BCAQ)
|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.
|2001-2002||Laura Hlayach / Kayla Johansen|
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.
|2013-2014||Olivia Zawadiuk||Susan Kemper||BCAQ|
|2012-2013||Erin Williams & Natasha Heine
|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:
|2013-2014||Disa Fladmark||BC Aquasonics|
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.