Announcing Canada Games Team & Training Pool Coaches

Sep 14, 2017   //   by editor   //   Coaching, High Performance, Latest News, Synchro Ontario  //  Comments Off on Announcing Canada Games Team & Training Pool Coaches

Synchro Swim Ontario is excited to announce the 2019 Canada Winter Games (CWG) Coaching Team!

Leading the Canada Games Team will be Head Coach, Yingli Hou, and Assistant Coach, Chihiro Ishii.


Our CWG Coaching Team will be responsible for:

  1. Developing and working with the initial roster of 24 athletes participating in the Canada Games Team Training Pool Program during the 2017-2018 season
  2. Participating as critical team members in the selection of the final Canada Games Team Ontario roster
  3. Developing and delivering the 2018-2019 season training program for Team Ontario
  4. Attending the Red Deer, Alberta 2019 Canada Winter Games in February 2019 and ‘Going for Gold’ with Team Ontario.

Congratulations to our Coaching Team – we wish them the best of luck in preparing Team Ontario to bring home the gold in 2019. The Coaches & athletes will kick things off tomorrow with the launch of Canada Games Team Training Pool Program at TPASC. The CWG coaches and athletes will also be supported by Sheilagh Croxon as Mentor, by Mary Dicaro, providing coach leadership programming, and by Rachel Klein and other SSO staff for programming support and various experts as deemed necessary.  

Please find the bios of our 2019 CWG’s Coaching Staff below:


Head Coach, Yingli Hou

Yingli has over 20 years of coaching experience, including leading Granite Club’s Junior Team to the podium at 4 consecutive National Championships  from 2010-to 2013. Yingli was also the Head Coach of the 2011 Ontario Canada Winter Games Team that captured a bronze medal in team, bronze in solo, and silver in duet. 

As an athlete, Yingli was a member of the 2000 and 2004 Chinese Olympic Synchronized Swimming Teams. Yingli is currently the Head Coach of Waterloo Regional Synchro. In addition to her coaching expertise, Yingli has become certified as a Pilates Instructor, allowing her to further enhance the training of her athletes. Yingli has also been part of SSO’s High Performance programming as guest coach/expert at the 2013-14 Talent Acceleration Pilot Program and the 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 T2T HPAD Program.  She was also an integral part of development of our L2T Land Routine.


Assistant Coach, Chihiro Ishii

A native of Japan and a coach with Aqurab Fujisawa (Kanagawa Japan) from 2000-2011, Chihiro brings 21 years of experience as a synchro coach, as well as 14 years as an athlete. She seeks to bring her experience and passion for synchro and inspire positive change in the sport. 

A swimmer she coached from 2006 to 2011 won 1st place in the Free Combination and 2nd place in both the Duet and Team at the 2014 FINA World Junior Synchronized Swimming Championships and went on to win a bronze medal in the Team event at 2016 Rio Olympics Games. Chihiro understands what is required to develop strong athletes and has been consistently working to improve her coaching skills and bring results to all the athletes she works with. In Canada, Chihiro previously coached with Granite Synchro, was an SSO apprentice coach with the 2014 11-12 Provincial Team that captured a bronze medal at the UANA Championships in California, and was Head Coach of the 2016 13-15 Provincial Team that won silver at the UANA Championships in Puerto Rico. Chihiro currently works with the Regional Training Centre Ontario as a technical routine expert.

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