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2017 Provincial Teams Coaching Staff Announcement

May 1, 2017   //   by editor   //   Coaching, Competitive, High Performance, Latest News, Synchro Ontario  //  Comments Off on 2017 Provincial Teams Coaching Staff Announcement

Synchro Swim Ontario is excited to announce the 2017 Provincial Teams Coaching Staff that will be training our three Provincial Teams throughout the month of July and leading them on to the 2017 SYNC Invitational in Edmonton from July 26-29th. We are grateful for the leadership provided by Sheilagh Croxon as SSO’s High Performance/Technical Lead,  who has been instrumental in our Provincial Teams programs and will continue to provide an ongoing source of inspiration and mentorship to our Coaches.

 

2017 Provincial Teams Coaching Staff:

Junior Team Head Coach / Provincial Teams Leader – Kerri Morgan

Junior Team Assistant Coach – Katie Hammond

13-15 Team Head Coach – Julia Maclean

13-15 Team Assistant Coach – Stephanie Breitigam

11-12 Team Head Coach – Brooke Whitney

11-12 Team Assistant Coach – Katie Walker-Byron

 

Provincial Teams Leader

We are excited to announce that in addition to her Junior Head Coach responsibilities, Kerri Morgan will also be acting as Provincial Teams Leader. In this role, Kerri will be the lead mentor coach and a key resource and support for the entire coaching staff in the planning and implementation of team programming. 

Congratulations to the 2017 Provincial Teams Coaching Staff – we look forward to a tremendous program this summer and a successful competitive experience at SYNC under your strong leadership!

 

Please continue reading below for bios of our 2017 Coaching Staff:

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Kerri Morgan (Junior Head Coach / Provincial Teams Leader)

Kerri Morgan began coaching high performance synchronized swimming in 1992 and started working with OSSC in 1995. In 2011, after a very successful tenure with the club including Head Coach for 9 years, Kerri took some time to focus on her private company and her family. However, when approached by OSSC in 2014 Kerri was delighted to return to help reintroduce the junior program to the club as the BOSSC President. Kerri has found herself in many different roles throughout her synchro career including coach, mentor, Provincial Lead, Club President and Head Coach. Kerri was instrumental in the reintroduction of a junior program to OSSC and is currently the BOSSC President and Head Coach. She has coached many levels and ages of synchro including Junior, 13-15, and 12 & Under, Provincial, AWD and Masters. She was the 2003 Team Ontario Canada Games Assistant Coach and also coached the Malaysian National Team. While coaching at the Olympium she also had the privilege of coaching athletes from many countries including Belgium, Puerto Rico, Aruba, New Zealand and many more. Kerri is also a Mental Game Coaching Professional and has been running clinics, seminars and working 1 on 1 with athletes of all ages and from all sports since 2010. Kerri is very experienced in speaking to large groups and sport organizations about the importance of their mental game and how to be a great team and organization!

 

Katie Hammond (Junior Assistant Coach)

Katie Hammond has been coaching since 2001, at a variety of clubs across Ontario. She has worked with numerous Provincial and National teams, including being the Apprentice Coach for the 13-15 National Team in 2006 and 2007. She has been an Assistant Coach and Manager at the RTC for two years now. Katie has coached several nationally medalling routines through the years. This year Katie is also coaching 13-15 athletes at Variety Village Synchro Club. In addition to coaching, Katie also works as a graphic designer.

 

Julia Maclean (13-15 Team Head Coach)

Julia Maclean is a former Canadian National Team member, who began coaching in 2009. Since retiring as an athlete, Julia has been committed to coaching, and helping to create the next generation of great Ontario athletes. Julia has been hired for the last nine summers to work with various Ontario Provincial Teams, including the 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016 11-12 Provincial Teams, as well as the 2013 Junior Provincial Team. Julia held the position of co-chair of the Synchro Canada Athlete Council for many years, and continues to compete in synchronized swimming in National and International Masters events. Julia works as an assistant coach at the Regional Training Centre of Ontario, and also coaches at the Variety Village Synchro Club. Julia has the honour of having an award named after her because of her many accomplishments. The “Julia Maclean Trophy” is awarded every year at the Leslie Taylor Provincial Meet to a swimmer who displays the characteristics Julia has shown throughout her career. She was recognized in 2014 as “Coach of the Year” by Synchro Swim Ontario and hopes to someday coach our Canadian National Team.

 

Stephanie Breitigam (13-15 Team Assistant Coach)

Stephanie Breitigam is currently the Provincial Program Director at the Olympium Synchro Club, in addition to coaching a 13-15 FINA team, solo and duet. She has three year’s experience working with Synchro Swim Ontario’s Provincial Teams as an apprentice, assistant, and head coach of the 10&Under program. Stephanie was part of the 2014 Team Ontario Coach Development & Performance Excellence Program, and in 2013 developed and implemented a camp and seasonal program for a synchro club on the island of Curacao. Stephanie has a passion for sport and believes in its ability to build character, confidence, and a sense of accomplishment in the young individuals she coaches. Her coaching philosophy is to empower each athlete to achieve their full potential as an individual and as part of a team, promoting the values of respect, accountability and self-confidence.

 

Brooke Whitney (11-12 Team Head Coach)

Brooke Whitney is a Competition Development NCCP Certified Coach, and currently works with GO Capital Synchro, coaching the 11-12 Provincial and 13-15 National programs. This past season she also worked with Synchro Swim Ontario’s T2T and L2T programs as a guest expert coach. In 2013-14, she participated in Team Ontario’s Coach Development & Performance Excellence Program. Brooke has been involved in Ontario’s Provincial Teams program as an Assistant Coach in 2014 (10&Under) and 2016 (13-15). In the summer of 2016, she coached the Ontario-Quebec combined Combo that took home silver at UANA in Puerto Rico. 

 

Katie Walker-Byron (11-12 Team Assistant Coach)

Katie Walker-Byron is currently a coach with the Granite Synchronized Swim Club and is coaching their 13-15 FINA Team.  Katie has been involved with synchro for the past 17 years: 10 as a swimmer and 7 as a coach.  During the summer of 2015 Katie worked with Synchro Swim Ontario as an Apprentice coach for the 11-12 team which placed 2nd at UANA. That same season, Katie’s 11-12 Provincial club team captured the Gold medal at the 2015 Ontario Age Championships. Katie is very experienced coaching athletes in the 11-12 category and has found plenty of success helping her athletes achieve their goals of qualifying for Provincial teams. She is looking forward to continuing to develop her technical skills and coach at the National Level. As a coach, Katie’s primary focus is to develop all-around athletes in and out of the pool.  She is looking forward to this exciting opportunity to be a part of the 2017 Provincial Team Coaching Staff.

LTAD Webinar #4 March 8th 2pm

Mar 6, 2017   //   by editor   //   Coaching, Latest News  //  Comments Off on LTAD Webinar #4 March 8th 2pm

Join us Wednesday for the final LTAD-based Webinar, brought to you via partnership with the Canadian Sport for Life Society:

 

LTAD Webinar #4 Wednesday March 8th, 2pm

 
Presented by Heather Ross McManus
 
Topic: Coaches of Train to Train Athletes (Ages 11-15)
Date: Wednesday March 8th
Time: 2 – 3pm
 
Geared towards coaches, this session will focus specifically on the Train to Train LTAD stage (Ages 11-15). Coaches will learn about the psychological/social aspects of sport for this age group – what motivates them and how team dynamics impact training. The windows of train-ability will also be covered, as well as the role of competition for this age group.
 
 
To Join the Webinar:

*Click the link below to register for the webinar. Upon registration you will receive an instruction page with web link & dial-in instructions

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6534809202360754691

More details about the webinar series can be found here.

2017 Provincial Team Coaching Positions

Feb 27, 2017   //   by editor   //   Coaching, High Performance, Latest News, Synchro Ontario  //  Comments Off on 2017 Provincial Team Coaching Positions

Synchro Swim Ontario is now accepting coach applications for the 2017 11-12, 13-15 & Junior Provincial Teams. Applications are due Friday, March 17 at NOON.

2017 Provincial Teams – Coaching Staff Posting

 

Job Descriptions:

2017 – HEAD COACH Provincial Team – Job Description

2017 – ASSISTANT COACH Provincial Team – Job Description

2017 – APPRENTICE COACH Provincial Team – Job Description

LTAD Webinar #3 Weds Feb 8th 4pm

Feb 7, 2017   //   by editor   //   Coaching, Latest News, Synchro Ontario  //  Comments Off on LTAD Webinar #3 Weds Feb 8th 4pm

Join us Wednesday for the third of our LTAD-based Webinars, brought to you via partnership with the Canadian Sport for Life Society:

 

LTAD Webinar #3 Wednesday February 8th, 4pm

Presented by Heather Ross McManus
Topic: Coaches of Learn to Train Athletes (Ages 8-12)
Date: Wednesday February 8th
Time: 4 – 5pm
Geared towards coaches, this session will focus specifically on the Learn to Train LTAD stage (Ages 8-12). Coaches will learn about the phsychological/social aspects of sport for this age group – what motivates them and how team dynamics impact training. The windows of train-ability will also be covered, as well as the role of competition for this age group.
To Join the Webinar:

*Click the link below to register for the webinar. Upon registration you will receive an instruction page with web link & dial-in instructions

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7504095771726247171

More details about the webinar series can be found here.

New Link for LTAD Webinar #2 Wednesday February 1st, 2pm

Jan 26, 2017   //   by editor   //   Coaching, Latest News, Recreational  //  Comments Off on New Link for LTAD Webinar #2 Wednesday February 1st, 2pm

Note: For those who were unable to join us for the live webinar, you can view a video recording of the session here.

Join us Wednesday for the second of our LTAD-based Webinars, brought to you via partnership with the Canadian Sport for Life Society:

 

*Please note the meeting link below has been updated (01/30/2017)

 

LTAD Webinar #2 Wednesday February 1st, 2pm

Presented by Heather Ross McManus
Topic: Coaches of FUNdamentals Athletes (Ages 6-8)
Date: Wednesday February 1st
Time: 2 – 3pm
Geared towards coaches, this session will focus specifically on the FUNdamentals LTAD stage (Ages 6-8). Coaches will learn about the phsychological/social aspects of sport for this age group – what motivates them and how team dynamics impact training. The windows of train-ability will also be covered, as well as the role of competition for this age group.
To Join the Webinar:

*Click the link below to register for the webinar. Upon registration you will receive an instruction page with web link & dial-in instructions

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4254595808417440771

More details about the webinar series can be found here.

Re-posted Apprentice Coach Positions for 2016 Provincial Team

May 17, 2016   //   by editor   //   Coaching, High Performance, Latest News  //  Comments Off on Re-posted Apprentice Coach Positions for 2016 Provincial Team
Synchro Swim Ontario is re-posting our open positions for Apprentice Coaches of the 2016 Provincial Teams until Friday May 27 only. One Apprentice Coach for each the 11-12 and 13-15 Teams will be selected.
 
Applications are due by 12pm on Friday May 27.
 
To apply, please email your resume to provincialteam@synchroontario.com.
 
Read the re-posted job description here.
 
About the Apprentice Coach Position:
The Apprentice Coach position is a volunteer coaching placement, and is a tremendous development opportunity for young coaches looking to grow in the sport. As an Apprentice Coach, you will work in conjunction with the 2016 Provincial Team Coaching Staff, and SSO HP/Technical Lead Sheilagh Croxon, gaining first-hand experience working with some of Canada’s top high performance coaches in both a local and an international competition training environment.
Apprentice coaches will also have the opportunity to travel with the Provincial Teams to the UANA Pan Am Championships in Puerto Rico this August.
Please read the re-posted Job Description linked below for further details of the position and requirements, and note the tentative training/competition dates below which Apprentice Coaches would be required to attend:
June Selection Camp
June 18, 2016 2:30pm-8:00pm
June 19, 2016 9:00am-4:00pm
TPASC
 
Pre-Competition Training Camp
August 8, 2016 – August 29, 2016
Tentative 7:30am-3:00pm daily (with 4-5 scheduled off-days)
Toronto (Olympium)
 
UANA Pan Am Championships
August 30, 2016 – September 5, 2016
Puerto Rico

 

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