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Julianna Kozis: Update to Members

Jul 25, 2018   //   by Jennifer Knobbs   //   Latest News  //  Comments Off on Julianna Kozis: Update to Members

July 26, 2018: Statement – Synchro Swimming Community Mourns Loss of Julianna Kozis

July 25, 2018:  The entire synchro family community is deeply saddened by the sudden death of Julianna Kozis. Julianna was a bright light and we are struggling to find the words to express our deepest condolences to Julianna’s family and friends. At this time, we ask the media to respect the family’s wishes to privacy. Our club will not be providing any further comment at this time.

July 24, 2018 at Markham, Ontario:  On behalf of the Markham Synchro Club, Synchro Swim Ontario and Synchro Canada, we are profoundly saddened by the untimely and tragic death of one of our very young artistic swimmers.  Julianna Kozis, at 10, died tragically on Sunday evening, during the Danforth shooting.  Julianna was a beautiful, aspiring athlete who was in her third year in our sport and swam this past season at the Markham Synchro Club as a  Provincial Competitive 10U athlete.

We ask that you join us in extending our thoughts and prayers to Julianna’s family, friends and to the entire synchronized swimming community, as we offer them our full support during this tragic time.

We request that ALL media inquiries be directed to and coordinated through this email:  [email protected] 

Please note that this is a traumatic event for many of us and we are committed to working through this in a thoughtful and responsive manner.   Please allow us to continue to work through this process in an open, compassionate and thoughtful manner, with full respect for the needs and wishes of the family.   More details as we prepare for the days ahead will be released as available.

With sincere thanks,

Alacoe MacTavish, President, Markham Synchro Club;   

Mary Dwyer, Executive Director, Synchro Swim Ontario;  

Jackie Buckingham, CEO, Synchro Canada

RTC-ON Program Announcements

Jul 20, 2018   //   by Jennifer Knobbs   //   High Performance, Latest News, Press Release  //  Comments Off on RTC-ON Program Announcements


Toronto, Ontario – July 12, 2018 – The Regional Training Centre Ontario (RTC-ON) is
now under the direction of Synchro Swim Ontario, including technical oversight and
alignment with Synchro Canada. RTC-ON funding and services support is provided
through the Ontario High Performance Sport Initiative (OHPSI) program of the Canadian
Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO), the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, the NextGen
Program of Own the Podium through Synchro Canada Synchro Swim Ontario and the
Legacy partnership with the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre (TPASC). We would like to
acknowledge these partners for the significant contributions and support provided to the
delivery of state of the art RTC-ON programming and world class facilities, which allows
us to pass on savings to the athletes through reduced fees for the overall quality
services at RTC-ON.

Synchro Swim Ontario’s athlete high performance pathway, which peaks with RTC-ON
programming, is supported by the incredible capacity and infrastructure available at
TPASC and CSIO and made possible through the funding partners outlined above. As
we continue to strive for excellence and continuous improvement, SSO through the
RTC-ON is very excited to announce several new high performance programs that will
commence in September. These initiatives are intended to increase the reach to more
athletes as well as strengthen the capacity within our member clubs across our province
and provide greater exposure to the RTC-ON. In our continuing partnership with the
Canadian Sport Institute of Ontario, we will be implementing these pilot programs
introducing several new tiers of RTC support for the 2018-2019 season.

The RTC Tier Structure will allow for greater athlete development throughout the high
performance pathway and will increase the access to RTC-ON and CSIO’s expertise in
sport science at an earlier stage in the athlete’s development and to a wider audience
from across our regions. The programs being introduced are designed to allow for three
different levels of involvement with the RTC-ON.

Tier 1: Daily Training Environment at TPASC – Junior/Senior
Tier 2: Daily Training Environment Satellite – Junior/Senior
Tier 3: RTC Next Gen Program

Enclosed with this announcement, we are excited to present three flyers for these
unique programs that will provide the information to our sport community of the next
steps being taken in expanding the high performance pathway in Artistic Swimming in
the province of Ontario. By creating stronger club connections as well as engaging the
community and athletes into areas of sport science and integrated support teams, we
hope to further enhance our development of all athletes and coaches in the province and
build more world-class athletes on our continued Journey to Excellence.

For more information about these new RTC-ON High Performance programs, please
contact Jennifer Koptie at [email protected]


RTC Senior Flyer

RTC Junior Flyer

RTC NextGen Flyer


Synchro Canada 2018 Coach Development Conference

Jul 10, 2018   //   by Jennifer Knobbs   //   Coaching, Latest News  //  Comments Off on Synchro Canada 2018 Coach Development Conference
Please find below the link to register for the Synchro Canada 2018 Coach Development Conference for coaches in Toronto, ON from July 22 to 23, 2018
Deadline to register is July 13, 2018.
Maximum number of registrant is 30.
This is a great professional development opportunity for artistic swimming instructor and coaches. The conference is in partnership with Queen’s University Transformational Coaching program, Canada’s National Ballet School and Gymnastics Canada. 
Please share and encourage your instructors and coaches to attend.
Veuillez trouver ci-bas le lien pour vous inscrire au Conférence de développement de entraineurs 2018 de Synchro Canada qui se tient à Toronto, ON le 22-23 juillet 2018. 
La date limite pour vous inscrire est le 13 juillet 2018.
Nombre limite de 30 participants.
La conférence est idéal pour la perfectionnement professionnel des moniteurs et entraineurs et en partenariat avec le département de coaching transformationnel de Queen’s University, l’École national de ballet de Canada, et Gymnastique Canada. 
SVP partagez et encouragez vos moniteurs et entraineurs a participé.

2019 Canada Games Team Announcement

Jun 27, 2018   //   by Jennifer Knobbs   //   High Performance, Latest News  //  Comments Off on 2019 Canada Games Team Announcement

Synchro Swim Ontario is excited to announce the 2019 Canada Games Team that will be representing Ontario at the Games in Red Deer, Alberta from February 15 – March 9, with Synchronized Swimming events taking place in week one (February 15-22). Leading the team will be Head Coach Yingli Hou and Assistant Coach Chihiro Ishii. Please visit the Canada Games site for more information about the Canada Winter

Members of the 2019 Canada Games Team are:

CHAN, Renee
ENNS, Marissa
FINN, Scarlett
FOX, Emma
WHITTEN, Madeline

2018 Provincial Team Announcement

Jun 26, 2018   //   by Jennifer Knobbs   //   High Performance, Latest News  //  Comments Off on 2018 Provincial Team Announcement

Synchro Swim Ontario is pleased to officially announce the 2018 11-12, 13-15 & Junior Provincial Teams that will represent Ontario at the 2018 Synchro Youth Natation Challenge (SYNC) hosted by SSO in Toronto, July 18-22. In addition, the 11-12 Team will attend Synchro Canada’s 11-12 National Development Camp following SYNC, and the 13-15 & Junior Teams will represent Ontario at the UANA Pan Am Championships in Riverside, California August 6-12th. The athletes, who represent nine different provincial member clubs, participated in a three-phase selection process and will begin training at the end of June/early July.

Synchro Swim Ontario wishes to congratulate all of the athletes who participated in the 11-12, 13-15 & Junior Provincial Team selection process from February to June, as well as the final selected teams. Further to our previous coaching staff announcement, SSO also wishes to recognize and announce Alexandra Chadwick as the 11-12/13-15 Apprentice Coach for 2018.

Members of the 2018 11-12 Provincial Team are:



GU, Karen (CHACO)


KING, Mackenzie (DURHAM)




WEI, Elizabeth (CHACO)

YOU, Alyssa (CHACO)

Coached by: Julia Maclean (Head Coach), Rhiannon Major (Assistant Coach) & Alexandra Chadwick (Apprentice Coach)

Members of the 2018 13-15 Provincial Team are:








SEED, Francesca (OLYMPIUM)



Coached by: Brooke Whitney (Head Coach), Nicola Chaddock (Assistant Coach) &  Alexandra Chadwick (Apprentice Coach)

Members of the 2018 Junior Provincial Team are:

BELL, Anastasia (GO CAPITAL)








PUTIN, Mara Stefania (OLYMPIUM)


WHITTEN, Madeline (RTC-ON)

Coached by: Yingli Hou (Head Coach) & Stephanie Breitigam (Assistant Coach)

Revised Ontario Public Pools Regulation

May 26, 2018   //   by Ellen Blainey   //   Latest News  //  Comments Off on Revised Ontario Public Pools Regulation

Please find link to the most recent announcement from the Lifesaving Society regarding the implications for NCCP – certified coaches



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