Claudia Holzner was six when she saw synchronized swimming on TV from the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Two years later she did her first lesson with the Calgary Aquabelles and was hooked. In 2008 she won team gold at the age group Pan American Championships before joining the age 13-15 national team in 2009. She moved up to the junior national team in 2010 and returned to the Pan Am Championships in 2011, winning gold in the solo, duet and team events. After competing at the 2012 FINA World Junior Championships, Holzner joined the senior national team and was named to squad for the 2013 FINA World Championships where she competed in the non-Olympic combo event. Holzner achieved one of the greatest highlights of her career at the 2011 Canadian Open Championships where she won gold in all five events (solo, duet, team, combo, figures).
Family: Parents Siegmund and Michelle… Getting into the Sport: Started synchro at age 8… Had been a gymnast but without much success… Says it’s nicer to land on your face in the water than on the beam… Outside Interests: Enjoys doing casual yoga on her days off… Plays piano, sings and dances… Loves creating scrapbooks and decorating her apartment with pictures of her journey to Rio 2016… Part time student at Concordia University (biology major) before eventually pursuing nursing… Odds and Ends: Nickname: Clauds… Has a small Barney as a good luck mascot that started as a joke with her team in Calgary before she and her duet partner began taking it to international competitions… Always wears an infinity ring that says “Live your passion”… Collects key chains from every place she visits… Favourite motto: “She believed she could so she did”…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
FINA WCup: 2014 – 4th (team technical), 4th (team free)
FINA WCh (junior): 2012 – 4th (team), 6th (duet)
PAC: 2011 – GOLD (team), GOLD (duet), GOLD (solo); 2008 – GOLD (team)