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The Aurora Synchro Coaches work as a team to deliver their strengths to the athletes they coach.  Athletes in our competitive programs will receive coaching from many of the coaches listed below during the 2017-2018 Season: 

Head Coach: Jennifer Parker   headcoach@aurorasynchro.org

Jennifer (Patterson) Parker was one of the first Aurora Synchro members when the Club started over 30 years ago.  Her Mother, Loretta Patterson, has always been a synchro competitor (and remains so), and her older sister Lisa was a synchro swimmer too.  Under the direction and coaching of then Head Coach Leslie Sproule, Jennifer earned the status of Synchro Canada’s All Canadian Athlete in 1985.  While studying for her Bachelor of Science at the U of A, Jennifer obtained many coaching levels and placed several Aurora teams on the Provincial podium.  Upon graduating, Jennifer spent a year in Germany performing synchro professionally in Phantasialand.  Jennifer went on to win all categories at the 1996 World Masters Games in England.

Like many Aurora Alumni, Jennifer also had a very successful career in the corporate world.  Working for Schering-Plough Healthcare Products, Labatt Breweries of Canada, and Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee she excelled in her sales career, managing millions of dollars in product sales in the Alberta marketplace.  Jennifer also started several small businesses during her career, including 2 real estate companies, a heavy equipment company, and a plumbing company that she still owns with her husband Paul.

Coming back to Aurora Synchro was the result of her daughter Amy joining the Club.  In her role as Head Coach, Jennifer worked quickly to improve a team-oriented atmosphere, respect for the athletes and their parents, and more enjoyment in training.  Aurora Synchro has since posted some of its best results in recent history by placing members on the podium at the Provincial and National Levels (read more about Aurora athletes by clicking on the "news" tab).  One of Jennifer’s athletes recently described her by writing “you are very patient and you make hard things fun”.  This approach to coaching has helped place athletes on National and Provincial Teams in the past 5 seasons.  Her goal as Head Coach is to create a culture of teamwork, respect, and enjoyment of sport.  In 2016, Jennifer won the Suzanne Eon Trophy, an award presented by Synchro Canada to a coach that displays all around coaching abilities at the national Jr/Sr level.   

Annette Wegner   coachannette@aurorasynchro.org

Annette is a retired Aurora national Stream athlete, and level 3 Competitive Development fully certified coach.  Annette has coached for her entire adult life, starting with the Edmonton Auroras, then moving to start the Red Deer Synchro Club, and finally returning back to the Auroras in 2015.  Annette has coached many athletes to national/provincial podium results and national/provincial teams.  In the Summer of 2016, Annette was Head Coach of the Puerto Rico Junior National team and returned to coach with the Auroras September 2016.

Veronica Welke-Olmos   coachveronica@aurorasynchro.org

Veronica is a retired national stream athlete from Aurora Synchro, currently attending McNally High School  in Edmonton.  Veronica assists with all levels of Aurora athletes while completing her Introduction to Competition certification.

Kelly Stewart:

Kelly is currently a Masters athlete with the Edmonton Aquamasters.  She is our Aquasquirts Instructor and also teaches swim lessons with the Paul Sadler program.

Ryann Veran    coachryann@aurorasynchro.org

Ryann is a retired Aurora National Stream athlete, currently attending Grant MacEwan.  Ryann is a certified Swim Instructor and Lifeguard.  She is currently completing her Introduction to Competition Coach certification.  Ryann coached for the Auroras last season with our WR2x program.

Meghan Sit   coachmeghan@aurorasynchro.org

Meghan is a retired Aurora National Stream athlete currently studying Honors at Archbishop Macdonald High School in Edmonton.  Meghan coached the WR4x program last season for the Auroras and is working towards full certification in her Introduction to Competition coaching level.

Melinda Stewart   coachmelinda@aurorasynchro.org

Melinda is a retired Aurora national stream athlete and one of the original Aurora members.  Melinda returned to Aurora Synchro when her daughter Ella joined the Club.  Melinda has coached the Masters program while raising her family and assisting in the family business The Hardware Grill.

Kate Chernoff  coachkate@aurorasynchro.org

Kate is a retired national stream athlete from Aurora Synchro, currently attending Bellrose Composite high school  in St. Albert.  Kate assists with all levels of Aurora athletes while completing her Introduction to Competition certification.

Allison Mercier

Allison is a retired national stream athlete from Aurora Synchro, currently completing grade 12 in Edmonton.  Allison coaches the Wildrose Fundamentals program at Terwillegar pool while completing her Introduction to Competition certification.