Saskatchewan Athlete Named to Canadian Synchronized Swimming 13-15 National Team
June 18, 2018 — After a physically demanding Canadian Espoir National Championship followed immediately by the final phase of National Team Trials held in Surrey in June, Synchro Saskatchewan is very proud to announce that High Performance Athlete Bailey Hargreaves from the Saskatoon Aqualenes, was one of eleven athletes named to the 2018 13-15 Canadian National Team.
The 2018 13-15 National Team is scheduled to compete at the UANA Pan American Championships in Riverside, California, on August 6-11, 2018. With only one returning member from 2017, this young team truly represents a new generation of talented high-performance athletes, with members coming from 7 different clubs in 4 provinces.
The athletes took part in a selection process that started at the National Qualifier in Calgary last March and culminated in a final evaluation phase held at the end of the 2018 Canadian Espoir Championships in Surrey, BC.
The coaching team for the Canadian 13-15 Team was announced last March. Leading the team will be Manny Wu, from Ajax, ON, who has been named Head Coach. Laura Swift, from Pointe-Claire, QC will be the assistant coach.
The two coaches were pleased with the results of the selection process. “We are very excited to be working with such talented athletes. Throughout the selection process they have demonstrated their abilities and we can see how hard they have all worked in their clubs to earn a spot on this team.”
Bailey first joined synchro as a recreational Aqua giggles athlete at the age of five following in the foot steps of big sister Alana Hargreaves who also was a member of the 2017 Junior National Team. She went competitive three years later and quickly progressed to the national stream level when she was twelve. In total Bailey has been involved in synchronized swimming for nine years. Having an outdoor pool at her home introduced Bailey to the water at a very young age and was instrumental with her development in a sport she quickly grew to love.
“Congratulations to the newly selected team,” added Synchro Canada Technical Director Leslie Sproule. “The evaluation process utilized this year demanded that our athletes demonstrate the ability to repeat consistent performances as we used the Qualifier and Espoir figure results to identify our top group. These athletes have solid foundational skills and with the strong and complementary coaching skills of Manny and Laura, I anticipate successful performances at UANA this summer”.
Synchro Saskatchewan extends our congratulations to Bailey and her coaches, Brittany Leaper and Laurie Wachs, for all the hard work that went into preparing for these trials and the fantastic result achieved. We wish you an enjoyable and successful National Team experience.
The 11 members of the team to represent Canada at the UANA Pan American Championships in Riverside, California, are:
A training camp will be held in Toronto in preparation for the competition. The athletes will be training at the Toronto Pan American Sports Complex and the Markam Pan Am Centre from July 11 until August 5, 2018 and will also be competing in the figure event at the 2018 SYNC held in Toronto on July 18-22.