Ottawa, April 23, 2014 – Synchro Canada is pleased to announce the hiring of Elena Podolsky (Toronto, ON, Olympium Synchro) and Geneviève Beauregard-Ross (Laval, QC, Dollard Synchro) as assistants to the Head Coach of its 2014 Junior National Team, Jenn Tregale.
This Canadian team will represent the country at the 2014 FINA World Junior Championships July 30 to August 3 in Helsinki, Finland.
Born in Russia, Elena Podolsky was the synchronized swimming head coach at the School of Sport Excellence in Moscow from 1982 to 1990 where she guided young athletes to junior and senior national teams. She moved to Canada in 1990. Her vast knowledge in synchronized swimming, including an expertise in flexibility, earned her coaching positions on several national teams including with the Canadian national team in preparation for the 2004 Olympics. Elena Podolsky is now the head coach of the Olympium Synchro Club in Etobicoke and is currently completing her level 4 and 5 National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) certification. She was head coach of the 2008 Canadian National Junior Team and an assistant coach with the junior squad in 2004 and 2006. She was also head coach of the National 13-15 Team in 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2013, and an assistant coach in 2005, 2009 and 2012
Geneviève Beauregard-Ross has 13 years of experience as a synchronized swimming coach, including the last six with the Dollard Synchro club. She is an NCCP Level 3 certified coach. She was an assistant coach for the 2013 Junior National Team that won silver at the UANA Age Group Championships in Puerto Rico. In 2009, 2010 and 2012, she was part of Quebec’s Junior Provincial Team as an assistant-coach. In 2011, she was a member of the Quebec’s Team coaching staff for the Canada Games who won three gold medals. She was also a coach with the Alliance Synchro and Aquana clubs.
Jenn Tregale, Head Coach of the Calgary Aquabelles since 2004, was the Head Coach of Synchro Canada’s 2011 and 2012 Junior National Team. Team Canada won a bronze medal in the solo event at the 2012 FINA World Junior Championships and finished in 5th place in the combo event.
Jenn Tregale was also one of Synchro Canada’s 2010 Junior National Team assistant coaches for the 2010 FINA World Junior Championships Team where Canada won three bronze medals. She has more than 25 years coaching experience in the sport and is currently completing her level 4 N.C.C.P. certification. She was the Junior National Team head coach at the Pan Am Junior Championships in 2009, the National B Team Head Coach at the 2008 Swiss Open as well as an assistant coach with the National Junior Team at the 2007 U.S. Open Championships. Jenn Tregale participated as an apprentice coach at the FINA World Junior Championships in 1993 as well as the Commonwealth Games and FINA World Aquatic Championships in 1994.
Synchro Canada’s 2014 Junior National Team athlete pool will be selected following the 2014 Canadian Open Championships, which will be held April 30-May 4, in Saskatoon, SK. A training camp will be held after that to select the final roster.
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
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Official hotel: Hilton Hotels Canada
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