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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.

SSO Moving Annoucement

Jul 17, 2017   //   by Jennifer Knobbs   //   Latest News, Synchro Ontario  //  Comments Off on SSO Moving Annoucement

SSO is very pleased to announce we are moving into a bigger space!

Please see our new address as of August 1st, 2017. 

Announcing T2T HPAD Program 2017-18

Jun 15, 2017   //   by editor   //   High Performance, Latest News, Synchro Ontario  //  Comments Off on Announcing T2T HPAD Program 2017-18
Synchro Swim Ontario is proud to announce the continuation of the Train to Train High Performance Athlete Development Program for the 2017-18 season.
This will be the fourth year of the T2T program, and the second year being fully sustained by SSO. The 2017-18 program will continue to build on best-practices from previous years while continuously innovating to provide best-in-class development opportunities for Ontario athletes, streamlining our Talent Identification process, and building a base of talent in the critical 12-15 year age group.
The Selection Criteria for the 2017-18 T2T HPAD Program is now posted online under High Performance.
*Note that there will be slightly different intake of athletes to this program given the addition of the Fall 2017 Canada Games Team Training Pool (previously announced, criteria posted online). Additionally, the details of the planned RTC Outreach Program (also sustained from last season) will be released as a separate program for 2017-18 (criteria to follow).
Should you have any questions about T2T or any SSO programs, please feel free to contact Rachel Klein (SSO Sport Development Manager) at [email protected]

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:


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.

Announcing 10U FutureGen Program for Summer 2017!

Apr 5, 2017   //   by editor   //   Competitive, Latest News, Synchro Ontario  //  Comments Off on Announcing 10U FutureGen Program for Summer 2017!
SSO is thrilled to announce a new development opportunity for our youngest competitors: The 2017 FutureGen Summer Development Camp!
This program will provide an enhanced summer training experience for the Top 10 & Under athletes in the province, and will expose them to the high performance training environment of a Provincial Team. FutureGen athletes will train alongside Ontario’s Provincial Teams for two training days during the summer of 2017 under the guidance of top Ontario coaches who will deliver an NSO CS4L/LTAD-aligned program intended to build a strong foundation for excellence and success in synchronized swimming.
Details of the program, including selection criteria, training dates/times, and program fees can be found in the Selection Criteria document here: 

FutureGen Selection Criteria

Selected athletes will be notified following Trilliums (registration forms will be sent on or before June 14th, 2017).

Qualifying Entries Advancing to Age Group Championships 2016-17

Mar 29, 2017   //   by editor   //   Competitive, Latest News, Synchro Ontario  //  Comments Off on Qualifying Entries Advancing to Age Group Championships 2016-17
Please find attached the results from Regionals, with qualifying routines for Age Groups highlighted in yellow.
– Routines eligible to compete at Age Groups are highlighted in yellow.
– Eligible pre-swimmers (top two non-qualifying routine scores across all regions – as per SSO Rulebook) are highlighted in gray.
– Approved byes are also eligible to enter Age Groups, and are noted on the results sheet.
– Quotas for 16-20 Duets, AWD Solos, 13-15 Solos, and 16-20 Solos have not been exceeded, therefore all routines qualify through to Age Groups.
*Withdrawing Any qualified routines OR eligible pre-swimmers who do NOT intend to register for Age Groups are asked to please inform SSO immediately (contact Rachel Klein at [email protected])

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