QUEBEC CITY – Today, Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) President, Marcel Aubut, praised the excellence of the Synchro Canada Senior National Team as well as the quality of the skill demonstrated during the 2013 Canadian Open Championships held between April 24-28 in Quebec City. The speech was delivered as part of a celebration honouring the women’s team and hosted by the City of Quebec.

“What a fantastic sport program being built in this country. Congratulations to Synchro Canada, Synchro Quebec and the National Team on all its recent successes, said Aubut, in a speech delivered in Quebec City. “I know this is not an easy sport to master – there is a high degree of difficulty in the pool and an enormous amount of commitment required outside the pool as well. The passion and dedication witnessed in the past few days is a genuine indication that more international success is expected for Canada’s Synchronized Swimming program.”

Aubut concluded his remarks by addressing the younger athletes in the room and reinforced the importance of the up-and-coming generation to be ready to extend the synchronized swimming legacy in Canada.

“It was fantastic to see so many young and excited faces in the crowd today,” said Mario Welsh, President, Synchro Canada. “I am so proud to be leading such a wonderful organization with great group of athletes and coaches. Mr. Aubut is correct – Canada should be excited about the future of Synchro in this country and it should expect some great results from this team.”

Canada’s Synchronized Swimming Team has finished in the top five in the world in each of the past five Olympic Games, including Silver in Atlanta 1996 and a Bronze in Sydney 2000. Last year, at the London 2012 Olympic Games, the team finished a close fourth.

“The competition in the past few days has been really intense and exciting”, said Karine Thomas, 2012 Olympian and member of Synchro Canada’s 2013 FINA World Aquatic Championships Team. “This goes to show how competitive synchronized swimming is in Canada. We have a credible program and some of the finest coaching support in the world. I feel like everything is coming together in preparation for the World Championships this summer and the next Olympic Games.”

The 2013 Canadian Open Championships in Quebec City is just one of the many competitions in the busy synchronized swimming calendar. Next year, the competition will take place in Saskatchewan. “We were humbled that Synchro Canada partnered with our city to host this year’s Championships,” remarked Sylvain Légaré, Quebec City Councillor and Member of the Executive. “It was a pleasure for the people of Quebec to be able to witness the excellence, elegance and strength of these fine Canadian athletes.”

In three months’ time, Canada’s Synchro Team will be travelling to Barcelona, Spain to compete in the FINA 2013 World Aquatic Championships, continuing its preparations for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

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