The 2014 13-15 National Team will represent the country at the Mediterranean Cup held in Greece in September 2014

Ottawa, May 21, 2014 – Synchro Canada is pleased to announce the nomination of Lilianne Grenier (Montreal, QC) as the Head Coach of Synchro Canada’s 2014 13-15 National Team. Maude Pelchat (Laval, QC, Calgary Aquabelles) and Jennifer Koptie (Scarborough, ON, Variety Village Synchro Club) will be the assistant-coaches.

Synchro Canada’s 2013 13-15 National Team will represent the country at the Mediterranean Cup in Greece in September 2014.

Lilianne Grenier, also Synchro Canada’s National Development Coach, has 14 years experience as a synchronized swimmer and 13 as a coach. Last year she coached Canada’s Junior National Team to a silver medal at the UANA Age Groupe Championships in Puerto Rico while in 2012 she was on Synchro Canada’s national B team coaching staff.  She also managed and coached national and provincial teams in Colombia including the Junior National Team.  She was also an apprentice coach with Synchro Canada’s 13-15 National Team in 2007.  She earned a Bachelor’s degree in physical education and kinesiology and is currently doing her NCCP Level 4 Coaching Certification.

Maude Pelchat of Laval is currently a coach at the Calgary Aquabelles.  She has also coached at Alliance Synchro, Dollard Synchro and Montréal Synchro. She is a former synchro swimmer with Montréal Synchro and was a member of the 2002 National Junior Team that captured silver in combo and bronze in team at the Junior World Championships.  Maude Pelchat is an NCCP Level 3 certified coach and has a university degree in communications. In 2013, she acted as the assistant-coach for Canada’s National 2013 13-15 National Team. In 2011 and 2012, she was an assistant coach of the National Junior Team. In 2010, she was also an apprentice coach with the National 13-15 Team. In 2009 and 2010, Maude Pelchat was an assistant coach with Quebec’s 13-15 team.

Jennifer Koptie is the Head Coach of the Variety Village Synchro Club since 2001. Previously a swimmer with the Toronto Synchronized Swimming Club, she was the manager of Synchro Canada’s 2005 and 2006 Junior National Team.  Jennifer was, with Maude Pelchat, an assistant-coach for Canada’s National 2013 13-15 National Team and is an NCCP Level 3 certified coach.  She was the Head Coach of Ontario’s 12 and Under (2010 and 2011), 13-15 (2011) and Junior (2012) Provincial Teams, and the assistant coach for the provincial Junior Team in 2011 and Team Ontario at the 2007 Canada Games.  She has a degree in psychology and in education and is working as a teacher.

Synchro Canada’s 2014 13-15 National Team athlete pool will be selected following the 2014 Canadian Espoir Championships, which will be held June 4-8 in Kamloops, BC.

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.

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For information:

Stéphane Côté

Synchro Canada

Communications Coordinator

Email:   [email protected]

Cell.: (418) 420-2125