Congratulations to Louise Kennedy, from Victoria, BC, who was selected by FINA to be the Canadian judge for the synchronized swimming event at the Rio Olympics.

Louise started her judging career in 1975, after retiring from the sport as an athlete. She became a national level judge in 1982, received her international judge rating in 1991 and has since judged at over 50 international competitions, including 3 World Championships, 2 Olympic Qualification Tournaments, 3 Commonwealth Games, 2 FINA World Cups and 2 Junior World Championships. She has also been a familiar face poolside at national competitions for a long time, having officiated at all but 2 Canadian Opens since the early 80s. Louise is judging her first Olympic Games competition.

She is currently a FINA A official, one of 20 FINA evaluators as well as a Synchro Canada judge evaluator. Chair of the Synchro Canada International Judge Sub-Committee and a member of the Synchro Canada External Relations Committee, Louise was president of Synchro Canada from 2002 to 2004.

We hope you join us in thanking Louise for her contributions to Synchronized Swimming in Canada and wishing her an incredible experience at the Olympics.