Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Kevin Doherty announced a renewed lottery agreement, which guarantees that sport, culture and recreation organizations will continue to receive and benefit from Saskatchewan Lotteries proceeds over the next five years.

The agreement will be renewed until March 31, 2019.

“Sport, culture and recreation are some of the most powerful tools this province has in enhancing the quality of life of our children and families,” Doherty said. “We have a strong system and great partners that ensure the lottery proceeds benefit our children through healthy activities that teach them lifelong social and leadership skills. That’s why it was essential for us to renew the lottery agreement to benefit the families and future leaders of our growing province.”

Saskatchewan lottery proceeds benefit more than 12,000 volunteer-run groups that deliver services to communities across the province. More than 500,000 registered members, both individuals and organizations, are represented by Sask Sport, SaskCulture and the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association.

The proceeds are administered through the Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund by Sask Sport, SaskCulture and the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association.

“We strongly support a five-year agreement,” Sask Sport President Shane Reoch said. “It allows us to plan and invest in multi-year programs and events. A long-term agreement is also crucial for organizations that are bidding to host national and international tournaments. We thank the Government of Saskatchewan for renewing this agreement.”

“We appreciate the Government of Saskatchewan’s commitment to this new lottery agreement,” SaskCulture President James Ingold said. “Lottery-funded organizations help communities access, embrace and celebrate the province’s cultural diversity, contributing to the growth of inclusive and engaged communities where Saskatchewan people can live, work and play.”

“A five-year agreement certainly gives our organization funding stability and the capacity to support our member organizations in sustaining quality parks and recreation programs and services,” Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association President Mike Powell said. “With the government’s support, we can continue to provide leaders for safe play experiences, maintain quality recreation facilities and keep people fit and active - enhancing a vibrant quality of life in our province.”

In 2009, the lottery license fee was lowered to 3.75 per cent, which when combined with increased sales, improved efficiencies and the hard work of dedicated volunteers, resulted in more than $8 million more being directed to the sport, culture and recreation sectors. This lower license fee will remain in place until 2019.

For the year ending March 31, 2013, more than $53 million from the Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund was distributed to sport, culture and recreation organizations in the province.


Synchro Saskatchewan Establishes Partnership with the Foodbanks of Saskatchewan


Synchro Saskatchewan ‘officially’ launched our NEW Partnership with the Foodbanks of Saskatchewan at the Diane Lemon Meet this past Saturday (this was 2 years in the making). $535 was raised through a 50/50 draw over the weekend that will be presented to the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre. Media coverage was obtained thru Global TV and the French CBC TV news both Saturday and Sunday as there was a synchro routine demonstration from our own Team Sask athletes performing their 2015 Canada Winter Games routine.

Ken Melvin (SS Board Member who spearheaded this initiative) was on the Friday am Global Saskatoon Morning News in an Interview jointly with Laurie from the Saskatoon Foodbank. You can view the interview at

Many clubs have already had events involving and benefiting their local food bank with others planned for the future. All will be posted ongoing on Synchro Sask’s web site and facebook page.

“Thanks very much to Laurie and Deborah (from the Foodbank) for their tremendous support and assistance to getting this initiative and exciting partnership up and running. There are a ton of fantastic opportunities for local synchro club and their members along with their local foodbank to learn and grow together and I look forward to being involved in some of these exciting events in the years ahead’… said Ken Melvin.

Congratulations - Brenda and Kirsten


We are VERY Pleased to Congratulate Brenda Lyons and Kirsten Brough for being chosen as recipients for the 2013 Sask Sport Awards. Both were nominated by Synchro Saskatchewan.

Brenda was chosen to received the Sask Sport 2013 Female Coach Dedication Award for her outstanding contribution to our sport in her capacity as a Coach.

Kirsten was chosen to received the Sask Sport 2013 Female Official Award for her outstanding contribution to our sport in her capacity as a Judge.

Both ladies are very deserving and we can’t thank them enough for the time and dedication they have given to our sport, the clubs, fellow members and specifically our athletes. Consider yourself lucky to have worked with and known each of these ladies and know that their past and future contributions to synchro will contribute to our member’s successes well into the future.

Please see Sask Sport official media release for details of all the 2013 Sask Sport Award Recipients.

Details for presentation of these awards is yet to be confirmed. Notice and details will be shared in the near future.

Congratulations  - Brenda and Kirsten.
Today is Your Special Day of Celebration!!



Marnie Eistetter to receive Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal   Feb. 7, 2013

Synchro Saskatchewan is extremely excited to announce that Marnie Eistetter was chosen as one of 41 members of the Canadian sport community across the country to be honoured with the receipt of a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for her contribution to Canadian sport.

 Synchro Saskatchewan submitted Marnie’s nomination in the fall of 2012 after receiving a call for applications from the Canadian Olympic Committee. Nominations were evaluated by a panel of three distinguished judges, including Canadian Olympic legend and International Olympic Committee member in Canada Richard Pound, Olympic champion Catriona Le May Doan, and President of the Canadian Olympic Committee, Marcel Aubut.

Quoted on the Olympic web site; “Marnie Eistetter has had a lifelong affiliation with synchronized swimming and has been a vital player in the sport’s growth and success in Saskatchewan. She got her start in the sport as an athlete in 1949. When her daughters became competitive in the 1970s, she turned to volunteering and has held numerous positions, including board member, treasurer, chief scorer, coach and judge. Eistetter is the longest serving board member in Synchro Saskatchewan history (1973 to 2003) and served two separate terms as president. She has received various accolades, including induction to the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 2009, the same year that Synchro Saskatchewan’s annual fall competition was named in her honour.”

Marnie was quoted today saying; “I have a life-long love for synchronized swimming and the synchro community and all the people who I have worked with. When I see the success of our swimmers - those who have grown into wonderful young (and older)  women - some with children of their own - and many of them giving back to the synchro community by coaching, judging and serving on the Board and committees, I feel blessed that I have been able to continue on in our sport and help wherever I can.  It's such an inspiration for me when I see the success of our swimmers and the wonderful role models they have become while growing up into young women.  I'm so proud of all of them - and our wonderful coaches, and judges, and volunteers.”

“A HUGE congratulations to you Marnie”; says Synchro Sask president, Brenda Lyons.  “You are such an inspiration to all woman and to all volunteers.  I cannot think of what synchro in our province would be like without you.  You have worked so hard and the fruits of your labour has been enjoyed by hundreds of young women. Thank you for all that you have done, and all that you do!!”

In the coming weeks and months, local celebrations will take place in order for the recipients to receive their medals in person, and be publically recognized for their contribution. Synchro Saskatchewan will pass along more details once more is known of the presentation to Marnie.


For more information about this award and all recipients go to:

Cathy New Selected as Finalist for Sask Sport Masters Athlete of the Year

Jan. 23, 2013

Synchro Saskatchewan is very pleased to announce that Cathy New has been selected as one of the three finalists for the Master Athlete of the Year award for 2012 from Sask Sport and nominated by Synchro Saskatchewan.


Sask Sport Inc. recognizes individuals and teams for their outstanding contributions to and achievements in amateur sport by presenting the Athlete of the Year Awards. Three finalists are chosen in the following categories: master, youth male, youth female, male, female and team. From these finalists an award recipient is determined by an online voting process taking place from January 28th to February 1st, 2013. The 2012 Athlete of the Year award recipients will be announced by Sask Sport Inc. in February.


A copy of the media release can also found at:


For complete profile and photos of the Athlete of the Year Finalist please visit:

And click on the title of the award.

We congratulate Cathy for the successful year she had and wish her all the best through the final voting process. You are a true inspiration to our synchro youth and for those who wish to be involved in Synchro for Life.



Natalie Good Receives Sask Sport 2011 Female Coach Dedication Award

January 25, 2012

Sask Sport Inc. today announced the finalists and recipients for the Saskatchewan Sport Awards, which includes the 2011 Athlete of the Year Awards Finalists, and the Award Recipients for the Coaching Awards, the Volunteer Awards and the Officials' Awards.


Synchro Saskatchewan wishes to congratulate Natalie Good from Regina Synchro who is the Award Recipient for the 2011 Saskatchewan Sport Awards – Female Coach Dedication Award (nominated by Synchro Sask). We are very happy for Natalie as she has contributed substantially to synchronized swimming in Regina and Saskatchewan for many years and is Very deserving of this award.


“For the past 25 years, Natalie Good has worked as a synchronized swimming coach in Regina. She achieved her Level 3 NCCP coaching certification in 2001, and she works part-time as a Synchro Saskatchewan High Performance Club Coach, training athletes from Regina, Saskatoon and Estevan. She also works with masters athletes at the Synchro Regina club. She is a four-time recipient of Synchro Regina's Coach of the Year Award, and she has received several Synchro Saskatchewan awards, including the Weiner Sisters Tier 1-5 Coaching Recognition Award (2009-2010), Sadie Caulder Knight Award (2006-2007), and Coach of the Year Award (1999). Since Good joined Synchro Regina as a Head Coach and Manager in the 1990s, the program has grown from five athletes to more than 60 swimmers. She is extremely dedicated to her sport, swimmers, parents and the club. Good recognizes the importance of developing all levels of the sport including grassroots, recreational and elite competitions, and ensuring that each young girl and boy will find her or his place in the sport.”


The coaching Dedication Awards recognize the outstanding accomplishments and contributions that a male and female coach have made to his/her sport, athletes, and community over several years. The award is presented to one male and one female coach. Sask Sport will celebrate and profile the achievements of Saskatchewan’s top athletes, teams, coaches, officials and volunteers throughout the 2012 year.