Our Proud History…
Founded in 1985 with 20 recreational swimmers, Kitchener-Waterloo
Synchronized Swim Club has grown over the last 25 years into an
organization which provides quality programming for swimmers of all
ages and at all levels.
Swimmers from KW Synchro have proudly represented their club and
their community at regional, provincial and national level
competitions, capturing a national silver medal and provincial gold
medal, among many other honours.
A non-profit, volunteer-run organization, KW Synchro is
administered by a Board of Directors, but all member families
contribute to the club’s success. The club is affiliated with
both the City of Kitchener and the City of Waterloo, operating
programs out of Cameron Heights Pool, the Waterloo Memorial
Recreation Complex – Swimplex, and the Wilfrid Laurier
University Athletic Complex Pool.
Our Programs and Philosophy…
Offering year round recreational and competitive programs from the
Beginner to Masters Level, KW Synchro provides a fun and supportive
team-based environment for swimmers to maximize their individual
potential. In addition to essential synchro skills, swimmers gain
stamina (endurance), strength, speed and suppleness (flexibility).
All KW Synchro programs are grounded in the philosophy of long term
development — for swimmers, coaches, and volunteers —
and strive to foster the club values of Innovation, Integrity,
Leadership and Quality.
Synchronized Swimming, originally known as water ballet, began in
Canada in the 1920s, but it was American swimmer Ester Williams who
propelled the sport onto the world’s stage when she starred
in a string of MGM “Aqua Musicals” in the 1940 and 50s.
An Olympic exhibition sport from 1948 to 1968, synchronized
swimming made its debut as a full medal event at the 1984 games in
Los Angeles. At the Olympic level the sport is only open to women
and medals are awarded in duet and team events. Competition
consists of a technical routine and a free routine, both performed
to music within a time limit.
At the regional, provincial and national level, swimmers
participate in figures — four specific skills performed by
individual swimmers in front of a panel of judges — and
routine — teams, solos, duets, trios and combos. Judging for
the routine component resembles the scoring for figure skating. Two
panels of five judges assess a performance, with one panel scoring
technical merit and the other assessing artistic impression, both
panels awarding marks out of a possible 10.
Synchronized swimmers use specialized equipment to make their
performances seem effortless. A nose clip prevents water from
entering the nose, allowing the swimmers to remain underwater for
long periods; Gelatin keeps the hair in place; and an underwater
speaker lets the swimmers hear the music clearly while underwater.
KW swimmers and coaches with the members
of the National A & B Teams
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