Elena Podolsky
Head Coach
Elena Podolsky came to Canada in 1990, bringing with her a degree in Physical Education from the University of Moscow and 8 years of expertise as Head Coach at the Central School of Sport Excellence in Moscow.
Elena coached at OSSC from 1990-1998. During these years she coached many teams who were successful at a National level. In 1998 Elena became the head coach of Synchro Optima where she coached her swimmers to 1st place wins at Ontario Winter Games and National Competitions. Elena returned to OSSC in 2005. While coaching with OSSC Elena has had numerous swimmers named to the 13 – 15 and Junior National Teams as well as Provincial teams over the years, 1st placed team at Nationals in 2007, 2nd placed team in 2006 and 3rd place in 2005. Most recently Elena was the Head Coach for Canada's National 13-15 Team whcih competed at the inaguaral 13-15 World Championships in Samorin.
Elena has a NCCP Level 4 Qualification and continues to participate in Professional Development Courses to update and enhance her coaching experience. In 1996 Elena won the Susan Eon Trophy as the most promising new Coach in Canada and in 2001 she was runner-up for the p restigious 3M Coaching Canada Award. In 2012 she was awarded the Charlotte Tutte-Eyres Trophy. This trophy is awarded to a coach who reflects the philosophy of Charlotte Tutte, in developing Team spirit and enhancing growth of athletes as individuals and competitors. Over the years, Elena has made tremendous contributions to the sport of synchronized swimming, including the design and implementation of new training programs which she has shared with athletes and coaches from a number of different countries around the world including Australia, Cuba, Greece, Hungary, Korea, Malaysia and Slovakia.

Kelly Hogan

Kelly, a level 4 coach, brings with her more than 20 years coaching experience.  She has earned 3 Provincial titles (06, 07, 08) with her 13-15 team.  She was named Coach of the Year in 07, 08 and 09.  She has been the asst. coach on Ontario’s Canada Games Team 2011) and was Team Ontario’s Junior Team head coach in 2012.

Kelly has also done some flexibility consulting with the Canadian National Team and Waterloo Synchro is excited to have her join our coaching staff 

Yingli Hou

Yingli brings with her 20+ years of coaching experience.  She began coaching with Waterloo Synchro in 2006 when she first moved to Canada. Yingli has coached Ontarios Provincial Teams over the years and her expertise is consistently used by Ontario's T2T and ETE programs since 2014. Most recently Yingli was the Head Coach for Ontario's Canada Games Team that placed 3rd in the Team, Duet and Solo Competitions. 

Yingli has completed her NCCP Level 3 and will soon graduate with her Advance Coach Diploma. She has been a Yoga Instructor since 2014 and recieved her Physical Education Diploma from Beijing University in 2005


.As an athlete, Yingli competed at both the 2000 (Sydney) and 2004 (Athens) Olympics with the Chinese team.As a coach, Yingli has had tremendous success.  She has been named Synchro Canada’s Junior Coach of the Year in both 2010 and 2012 as well as consistently places athletes in the top 3 at the Canadian Open National Championships.

Samantha Kowlaski
Coach, Mermaid School Supervisor

Samantha Kowalski is currently in her 11th year of coaching with 5 of those years being with Waterloo Synchro. Samantha started swimming at the age of 10. The highlight of her career was winning a silver medal for Team Ontario at the 2007 Canada Winter Games in Whitehorse, Yukon. She also competed at the 2007 Spanish Open and the 2008 US Open taking home a silver medal in the team event at both competitions. As an athlete, she has travelled to numerous parts of the world to train or compete; some of those places include Spain, California, Florida, Las Vegas, B.C, and Ohio.

 Since 2011, Samantha has been a fully certified level 3 coach (Comp-Dev) and has coached both provincial and national stream programs. This has allowed her to gain knowledge as well as confidence to be a successful coach in the competitive world of Synchronized Swimming. She consistently coaches athletes to draw their best performance and reach the podium, qualify for national level competitions and has had multiple athletes qualify for Team Ontario programs each season. She has over 100 medals under her coaching belt with approximately half of those being gold.

 In 2012, Samantha was hired as one of the 10 and Under Team Squad coaches for a training camp in Etobicoke, Ontario. She was also named the 13-15 Provincial Team coach in 2013 and in 2014, she was the 11-12 Provincial Team Coach who travelled to Riverside California to compete at UANA. In 2012 and 2014 her team’s were honoured at the Kitchener Athletic Awards Banquet for winning Ontario Championships (Trilliums). Since 2015, Samantha has created and lead the mermaid summer camp at Waterloo Regional Synchro. She is also a fully certified life guard.

 Samantha is a graduate from Wilfrid Laurier University, with a degree in sociology and a minor in Women Studies. She then went on to teachers college at the University of Windsor where she graduated with her Bachelors of Education and is currently working as a teacher for the Waterloo Region School Board. It is Samantha’s utmost goal, as an educator/coach, to provide a fun, energetic, and encouraging environment where her students/athletes can learn important skills that they can apply to their personal lives.


Jin Na

“Jina”, as she is affectionately called by her swimmers,  has been coaching for more than 20 years, including being the Chinese team National Senior Team coach from 2004 – 2012 and assistant coach for the 2004 Chinese Olympic

As an athlete, Jina competed at both the 1996 (Atlanta) and 2000 (Sydney) Olympic with the Chinese team.
As a coach, Jina has earned many titles with her National team swimmers.

Miralys Polski


Miralys Polski first began her involvement in synchro as a swimmer at the age of 10. She has competed in both the provincial and national stream and travelled across Canada and in the United States competing as well as attending a training camp in Aruba. Some of Miralys’ swimming achievements include winning 2 silver medals and 1 gold medal in provincials and ending her swimming career placing 6th in the championship team event at Nationals in 2017. 

Miralys has also been privileged to have been interviewed by Rogers TV for the Athletes Corner for the Home Team show back in 2014 as well as being awarded as Waterloo’s 2017-2018 athlete of the year. Since 2013 Miralys has been involved in coaching starting with volunteering at the Clubs synchro summer camps. In 2017 she officially began coaching under the Mentoring of Kelly Hogan. Miralys is a fully certified NCCP level 1 and 2 coach and NLS (lifeguarding qualification) certified. Along with assisting Waterloo’s 10 and under competitive team and 11-12 competitive team Miralys has been running the Athletes with Disabilities (AWD) program at Waterloo for the past 2 years. Miralys was honoured to be awarded as Waterloo’s 2018-2019 coach of the year. This 2019-2020 season Miralys is coaching our 10 and under novice team.Outside of the pool Miralys is working towards becoming a licensed carpenter and is currently in school at Conestoga College taking the Reno-technician Carpentry course. In addition, Miralys is employed at two construction companies part-time, framing new homes and building home renovations for home owners. 

It is Miralys’ goal to always provide a safe, fun, challenging and inspiring environment for her athletes to come and succeed both inside and outside the pool.

Hannah Sine


Hannah Sine has been with Waterloo Artistic Swimming for over 15 years as both an athlete and coach. She has coached at both the Novice and Provincial level and has led teams to several top six placings at Invitational competitions. Hannah has made the commitment to further educate herself by completing the following training programs: Concussion Awareness and Education training, Respect in Sport, and Competition Introduction through Canada Artistic Swimming. 

Outside of coaching, Hannah has achieved a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Event Management; she is also a certified Wedding Planner/Coordinator. As an athlete, Hannah was a very decorated swimmer competing at both the Provincial and National level. She says her favourite memory as a swimmer was travelling across Canada to compete with her teammates, including when they travelled to British Columbia and took home the National title in both Tech and Free routine.  

As a coach, Hannah loves to help her swimmers achieve their goals by pushing them to work hard, but still allowing them to have fun along the way. Hannah’s dedication, passion and love for the sport has been a wonderful asset to Waterloo Artistic Swimming and we are very happy to have her as part of our coaching staff.



Brittany Elford Coach
A synchronized swimmer for 11 years. She has swam in both the provincial and national streams. She is from Mississauga and currently studying psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University. Her second year coaching with KW and third year overall as a coach. She is the kind of coach who will push the athletes toward excellence. She truly believe that if you put in the effort, you will see results. She places a strong emphasis on the basics of the sport. Ste believes that this sport has many levels that need to be completed in order to fully understand what it means to be an artistic swimmer. As a coach she is looking for swimmers with dedication and a drive to succeed. She appreciates an athlete who, no matter what never gives up. She hopes athletes will learn new skills at every practice. She also hope that they will learn new ways of doing old skills. She hopes that all the athletes enjoy what they do and find the pool a great place to make friends and memories. Currently the coach of the 13-15 Novice Team on Tuesday's and Sunday's. Current athlete member of the Waterloo Warriors Artistic Swimming Team. A team made up of athletes from Wilfred Laurie and University of Waterloo.