Once every four years, a special synchronized swimming competition takes place at the Canada Winter Games where athletes represent their province while enjoying the unique experience provided by a large-scale multisport event.
This year, 92 synchronized swimmers have gathered for the 2015 edition in Prince George, BC. They are proud members of provincial teams that have long been selected and have been training for months in order to prepare for the Games.
They will compete for titles in the the Team, Duet and Solo events. As usual, a figures mark will account for 50% of the final scores.
The Canada Games competition does not feature the commonly used age groups : all athletes, aged 13 to 20, will be competing in a single category. This offers the unique opportunity to watch competitors of various degrees of experience match their skills against each other, with provincial pride at stake.
The 2015 event will feature athletes from all ten provinces as well as the Yukon Territory. Quebec has been a Canada Games force in recent history, winning the last 4 editions and sharing the podium with teams from Alberta, British-Columbia and Ontario during that time. In 2011 in Halifax, current senior National Team member Jacqueline Simoneau of Quebec was a triple gold medalist.
15 former 13-15 National team members in action
The Canada Games teams will feature many members of past 13-15 national teams, including Paige Hopper, Amy Parker and Cassandra Winkelaar from Alberta, Amy Armstrong, Emily Armstrong, Sabrina Barnes, Aerin England, Natalie Macmillan, Sion Ormond, Meaghan Ozikizler, Brianna Wodehouse and Joelle Zavitz from Ontario as well as Ioana Gheta, Maria Gheta and Audrey Joly from Quebec.
2 days of training are now complete and as teams are putting final touches on their routines, it is obvious that the this week’s events will once again be special treat for the spectators at the Prince George Aquatic Centre.
The competition gets underway on Tuesday morning with the figures event, followed by the solo preliminaries starting at 6:30pm.
Schedules, start lists, results and links to live webcast and live results can be found at www.synchro.ca/canadagames.
About Synchro Canada
Synchro Canada is the national organization governing synchronized swimming in Canada. It represents 10 provincial associations, a territorial association, as well as some 150 clubs and 12,000 members across Canada. A member of FINA, the world’s governing aquatic sports organization, Synchro Canada promotes the quest for excellence by developing the athletes, citizens and ambassadors of the sport of synchronized swimming at every level.
Synchro Canada would like to thank its sponsors:
Program partners: Sport Canada, Own The Podium, the Institut national du sport du Québec
Official Aquatic Supplier: Speedo Canada
Official make up: MAKE UP FOR EVER
Official suppliers: Knox Gelatine, AdUp, National Car Rental
Official hotel: Hilton Hotels Canada
For further information, visit Synchro Canada’s Website at www.synchro.ca or follow Synchro Canada on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
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