Steve Wallace, Chief Executive Officer of Canada Artistic Swimming, shared his vision: “As we celebrate 100 years of artistic swimming in Canada, our strategic plan will guide us to international podium contention and creating a thriving sport experience across the country. Our holistic athlete-centered approach will be coupled with organizational excellence to strengthen the artistic swimming community.”
Catherine Barrett, Athlete Council Chair, stated support for the plan “The Athletes Council welcomes the opportunity this strategic plan presents to help execute athlete-focused initiatives over the next quadrennial. The voices of current and former athletes will be crucial in achieving these objectives and we look forward to working towards our shared goals.“
Florence Klein, President and Chair of the Board of Directors, added: “The past few years have seen transformational changes in artistic swimming and sport in Canada, and we are committed to empowering the entire artistic swimming community to deliver positive sport experiences both in and out of the pool.”
While Artistic Swimming gained Olympic status in 1984, its roots date back much earlier. Canada has consistently been a powerhouse in the sport, known for its technical skill and innovative choreography, earning 8 Olympic medals. Since its first appearance at the Pan American Games in 1955, Canada has secured 34 medals, including 11 gold. At the Commonwealth Games, Canada boasts 17 podium finishes, with 15 gold medals. In World Championships, Canada ranks fifth in all-time medals, with 8 gold, 10 silver, and 8 bronze medals.
Canada Artistic Swimming expresses its gratitude to the over 1,000 members of the artistic swimming community including current and past senior team athletes who contributed to this strategic plan, ensuring its inclusivity and relevance. Special thanks to Bedford Hill Consulting for facilitating this comprehensive planning process.
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