Ottawa, January 8, 2015 – Synchro Canada is pleased to introduce the members of its Senior National Team for 2015 who start training at the Centre of Excellence in Montreal yesterday.

The athletes were chosen following a selection camp in Montreal at the end of November.

Athletes training at Synchro Canada’s Centre of Excellence in 2015 will be supervised by the Senior National Team Head Coach Meng Chen, assisted by Anastassia Goutseva and Lyne Piché.

The Senior National Team members who will train at the Centre of Excellence in 2015 are:

BALL, Janelle (Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QC)

*BOISVERT, Gabrielle (Québec, QC)

BRISSON, Gabriella (Calgary, AB)

FRAPPIER, Annabelle (Mont-Saint-Hilaire, QC)

GILL, Sandy (Coquitlam, BC)

*HARROWER, Rebecca (Edmonton, AB)

HOLZNER, Claudia (Calgary, AB)

MAULE, Rebecca (Guelph, ON)

MIKELBERG, Lisa (Hampstead, QC)

MORIN, Marie-Lou (Westmount, QC)

*MORNEAU-CARRIER, Roxanne (Québec, QC)

NEALON, Samantha (Morriston, ON)

SANDERS, Lisa (Gormley, ON)

*SAVARD, Elizabeth (Laval, QC)

SIMONEAU, Jacqueline  (Montreal, borough Saint-Laurent, QC)

THOMAS, Karine (Gatineau, QC)

* New member at the Centre of Excellence

“We are very proud of the new team we have assembled for our Centre of Excellence”, said Meng Chen, head coach of the national senior team.  “At trials, these athletes showed they were ready to proudly represent Canada and showed what we expect from high performance athletes vying for excellence. I would also like to thank all the athletes that participated in the trials. I hope that those who were not selected will continue their careers and attempt to gain a berth on the Centre of Excellence team in the future.”

“We feel the addition of our 4 talented newcomers will create the perfect development environment for our team as we continue working towards our long-term goal of having a national team that is stronger technically with more complete athletes and with a Canadian style that is internationally recognized”, added Chen.  “We are looking forward to a great 2015 season as we get ready for our National Championships and the Pan Am Games in Toronto and the World Championships in Russia.”

Synchro Canada CEO Jackie Buckingham concurred with Meng Chen.

“Synchro Canada is excited by the youth and energy on Team Canada, and by the potential for most members to compete in the next two Olympic cycles. The new additions complement this very talented team of 12 returning swimmers and we are extremely optimistic about our National Team’s bright future internationally”.

More details on the athletes members of the Centre of Excellence are available at


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 suppliers: Knox Gelatine, AdUp, National Car Rental

Official hotel: Hilton Hotels Canada

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For information:

Stéphane Côté

Synchro Canada

Communications Coordinator

Email:  [email protected]

Cell.: (418) 420-2125