Canada Artistic Swimming is proud to announce the athletes who will form the 2021-2022 Senior Training Group, currently training full-time at Montreal’s Institut National du Sport (INS).
A total of 12 talented athletes have been invited to join the training group as they start preparing for the 2022 FINA World Series and FINA World Championships.
The selection process featured, as a first step, the presentation of 4 regional Development Camps & Auditions held this fall in British-Columbia, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec. 45 athletes from these camps were then invited to a final week-long Selection Camp in Montreal that featured training, water and land assessments as well as presentations on safe sport, mental health, team culture and nutrition.
Montreal-based athletes have already started training in Montreal under the leadership of Head Coach Gabor Szauder and assistants Kasia Kulesza and Karine Doré. Athletes from out-of-town will join them in the full-time training environment in Montreal in the new year.
“As we begin the new Olympic cycle, I have great confidence in the artistic swimming talent in Canada,” stated coach Szauder. “After four provincial camps with over 175 athletes during the selection month, and in a week-long camp working with 45 of them, I am convinced that Canada Artistic Swimming continues to march on the right path.
“As Head Coach, I was encouraged and proud to see so many talented athletes from CAS clubs even though they were so often affected by COVID shutdowns.”
“Respecting that many of our 2020 Olympians are taking time for education and to decide their career goals on their break from full-time training, we are taking this time to look towards the Paris Olympic Games and to launch a 3-year plan including time to focus on the new FINA Judging system and to work on our culture of excellence project.”
“I’m looking forward to working with former and new senior National Team athletes to build on the great success our team experienced in Tokyo.”
CAS Chief Sport Officer Kerri Morgan is grateful for the community’s support throughout the selection process.
“We were impressed at every step of our cross-country selection process by the level of preparedness our young canadian athletes displayed, even though some of them ended up being out of the water for over a year. The quality of individuals being added to our training group is a reflection of the hard work of many individuals who have positively impacted these athletes throughout their artistic swimming careers. We are very thankful to all of the clubs, club coaches and provincial programs that have contributed to their development and welcomed us with open arms on our national selection and development camps.”
The 12 members of the Senior Full-Time Training Group are:
||Nixines de Drummondville / Québec Excellence Synchro / Montréal Synchro
||Granite Synchro / Regional Training Centre Ontario / Calgary Aquabelles / Dollard Artistic Swimming
||Quebec City, QC
||Synchro Élite / Synchro les Dauphines / Québec Excellence Synchro
||Quebec City, QC
||Nevada Desert Mermaids / Québec Excellence Synchro
||Regina Synchro / Dollard Artistic Swimming / Montreal Synchro
||Neptune Synchro / Montréal Synchro
||Brant Artistic Swimming / Waterloo Region Artistic Swimming
||Killarney Synchro / Calgary Aquabelles / Montréal Synchro
||Synchro Laval / Performance Synchro