April 10, 2016 Message from Desiree Vanderwel,
Congratulations to all the athletes, coaches, and parents who attended the Crocus Challenge this weekend at Pan Am Pool. It was an incredibly busy weekend for all, but it was wonderful to see so many participating in the sport that we all love. Special thanks to the Winnipeg Synchro Team for hosting this event, especially Cheryl Yip (meet manager), Moni Fricke (volunteer coordinator), Nadia Chaput (announcer), Dominique Landers (hospitality), Jamie Owens (Awards), and Kenneth Landgraff (Music), and all the hard-working volunteers. Special thanks also to Doris Wolfe from Winnipeg Synchro and the Thunder Bay Crew for providing much needed help with the Synchro Canada testing event.
At this time I would like to thank key SSM volunteers who have helped at this meet and all season, devoting hundreds of hours, mostly behind the scenes, to make our competitions such a success. We all owe a HUGE debt of gratitude to Kim Reimer and Diane Rutherford, who stepped up serve in the role of Competition Chair, which an unbelievable amount of work. Another massive job that goes largely unnoticed is Scorekeeping -- thank you, Sharon Trevena and Kim Reimer, for serving as Head Scorer at our meets. Thanks also to our two Head Referees, Cindy Ediger and Gina McGuffin, who have kept our meets running smoothly and providing advice as needed. Our Chief Official, Laura Ealing, and our Officials Chair, Allison Gervais, were also invaluable, thank you so much: where would this sport be without our Officials? And, last but not least, many thanks to the wonderful Connel Trevena, Music Chair and all-round computer guru, who helps out even though he does NOT have a daughter who used to swim! Also many thanks to Kim Knowles -- not a volunteer, but someone who took on the difficult task of filling in as Executive Director while Allison is on leave.
And finally, thank you to the coaches and parents who have guided
our athletes and provided support.
I hope to see everyone at Espoir! If you aren't swimming, please consider volunteering!
Finally -- you may have noticed Renee Kardash, a professional photographer, on deck taking pictures during Crocus.
She expects to have the photos available on-line at www.reneekardashphotography.pixieset.com shortly.
Visit the web-site, select our competition, the photographs will be categorized by day and event.
March 19, 2016 Message from Desiree Vanderwel,
Congratulations to all of our swimmers, coaches, judges, and parents who are returning from the 2016 National Qualifiers in beautiful Quebec City. Manitoba was there in strength, with 25 athletes participating in many events (figures, solos, duets, and teams for both 13-15 and Juniors; as well as Combo)! Many athletes improved on their “personal best” scores; some teams had their best performance of the year to date; and ALL did a fine job representing our province.
Congratulations to the following routines who have qualified to attend 2016 Nationals (Espoir and Canadian Open)
Carolyn Currie and Stefanie Martin (Winnipeg Synchro)
Kayla McMurchy and Caitlyn Sunstrum (Winnipeg Synchro)
Carolyn Currie (Winnipeg Synchro)
Sharee Hochman (Winnipeg Synchro)
Kayla McMurchy (Winnipeg Synchro)
Winnipeg Synchro 13-15N Team
coached by Sarah Benson
Charlotte Ashcroft; Tamara Chaput; Carolyn Currie; Lily Danis; Claire Depasquale; Kendi Dyck; Jorja Koziuk; Stefanie Martin; Alyssa Mederios; Maxine Yip
Thunder Bay Blue Team
coached by Lisa Butler
Kimberly Geils; Brianna Johnson; Kaitlyn Kyrwy, Ally Kortes-Miller; Elora Ray; Emily Scocchia; Julia Villeneuve
Winnipeg Synchro Combo Team
Coached by Karen Land and Jennifer Land
Tamar Chaput; Carolyn Currie; Naomi Balsillie; Kendell Desmarais; Sharee Hochman; Myra Landers; Stephanie Martin; Kayla McMurchy; Cassandra Phanuef; Laurie Preston; Caitlin Sunstrum.
Well done ladies!!
Join us at The Crocus Challenge
Saturday April 9 and Sunday April 10, 2016
at the Crocus Challenge at Pan Am Pool
to see these athletes compete.
See event calendar for the schedule
March 7, 2016 Message from Desiree Vanderwel, SSM President.
Thanks again for everyone's work to make Marj Simpson a successful competition. I think it was the smoothest one yet! I know that some of you put in as much time into synchro as our athletes do, your efforts are very much appreciated. Heather, I hope you can pass my thanks on to your club members, I saw many volunteers contributing but I do not have all of their e-mail addresses. And Sharon, I hope you can pass my thanks on to Connell, who helps not only with music but with keeping our hardware running smoothly for score keeping.
I hope you all had a chance to watch, it is wonderful to see the improvement as we move through the competition year.
Congratulations to the to the following routines who have qualified to attend 2016 National Qualifiers
13-15 Duet Teams
Winnipeg Synchro Teams
Carolyn Currie and Stephanie Martin
Tamara Chaput and Lilly Danis
Junior Duet Teams
Kayla McMurchy and Caitlyn Sunstrum from
Kaitlyn Krwy and Julia Villeneuve from
Carolyn Currie Winnipeg Synchro
Tamara Chaput Winnipeg Synchro
Sharee Hochman Winnipeg Synchro
Kayla McMurchy Winnipeg Synchro
All national level teams automatically qualify to attend the Event
Well done ladies!!
we are very happy to announce that Diane rutherford, long time SSM member has agreed to chair the organizing committee for the Espoir competition that is being hosted at Pan Am pool May 31 - June 5, 2016. since her appointment she has been busy beginning the planning process. thank you Diane!
Please keep your eyes on this space for upcoming call for volunteers to assist with Espoir coming to Winnipeg, Manitoba
May 31 - June 5, 2016 being hosted at Pan Am Pool.
Thanks to those who attended the SSM Agm on Tuesday October 27, 2015.
The synchro community said good bye and thanked Pam pyke for her role as competition chair on the board for the last two years.
des vanderwel will begin a two year term as SSM president and gina McGuffin remains on as the past president. thanks gina!
past Winnipeg synchro president Elaine hochman begins a two year term as the secretary having vacated her role as volunteer chair to assume her new role.
see the full list of the new board on the website.
SSM is still looking for a competition chair if you are interested in mentoring in this role please contact des or gina.