(ISN) – Kamloops, June 2, 2014 – The best synchronized swimmers in Canada in the 12 &
under and 13-15 age groups, as well as athletes with a disability, are set to
compete at Synchro Canada’s 2014 Canadian Espoir Championships scheduled for June
3-8 at Kamloops’ Canada Games Aquatic Centre (910 McGill Road).
The competition is hosted by the Kamloops Sunrays and Synchro B.C. under the
leadership of Synchro Canada. A total of 273 athletes from 23 clubs across Canada
(Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador,
Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan) are competing.
There’s an international flavour to the competition as well with an athlete
entered from the United States.
Among the favorites at the competition is Halle Pratt of the Calgary Aquabelles
who took gold in the 13-15 solo event at Synchro Canada’s 2014 Canadian Qualifier
Championships this past March and was the 2013 National champion in the event.
This will be Pratt’s last Espoir nationals.
“It’s exciting and sad at the same time,” she said. “The Espoir championships have
always given me a great idea on what I need to work on for the next season. I
have made some changes to my routine for this season but mostly I have been
working on using my body more and being more expressive with my strokes.
Meaghan Ozikizler and Sabrina Barnes of Granite Synchro in Toronto are hunting for
a medal in duet.
“We have increased the intensity of our routine as well as increased our volume
training completed per practice,” the pair says. “We feel very motivated by the
success we had at Qualifier. We would really love to have that amazing feeling
again. Winning Espoir Nationals has been our goal for two years now, and
accomplishing this together would be amazing.”
At the Canadian Qualifier Championships Toronto’s Variety Village Synchro Club won
its first ever team title on the national stage topping the 13-15 category. Now
they are expecting more success this week.
“We have been working very hard to improve and perfect the Tiger routine,” said
Variety Village team member Grace Klodt. “We have made some major changes to
ensure we keep challenging ourselves and raising the bar. Our coaches have been
extremely motivational throughout the year helping us achieve so much more than we
Qualifying event for 2014 13-15 National Team
Also on the line are berths to Synchro Canada’s 2014 13-15 National Team scheduled
to compete at the 2014 Mediterranean Cup set for September in Greece.
The top-25 in the 13-15 figures event on Wednesday June 4 will advance to Phase 2,
a second figures event scheduled for Friday. The top-20 athletes from Phase 2
will meet again on Sunday for Phases 3 and 4 when a 12-member training squad will
Synchro Canada’s 2014 13-15 National Team Head Coach Lilianne Grenier (Montréal,
QC, Synchro Canada’s National Development Coach) with assistant coaches Maude
Pelchat (Laval, QC, Calgary Aquabelles) and Jennifer Shaver (Scarborough, ON,
Variety Village Synchro Club) will select the 10-member team in a training camp