KTSC has great results from Novice and Competitive Swimmers at January's Lisa A & Glouster Meet.
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It seemed like the natural progression for Dani Coveney.
The 31-year-old, who was born in Peterborough and grew up in Lakefield, signed a one-year contract in September after applying to become head coach of the Kawartha Trent Synchro Club.
Associated with the club for a long time, she replaced Tracey Leeson who left after nearly a decade at the post for personal family and work commitments.
Coveney, connected to the club in different ways over the past 24 years or so, was interim coach for a couple of months in the summer before assuming the role as head coach.
It is the first time in the role for Coveney, who previously coached in the competitive program and was novice coordinator the last five years. She continues to coach competitive 13-15, advanced novice and trio as well.
"My duties have changed somewhat," she said. "As head coach, I do more administrative stuff, registration, advertising, hiring and training coaches, learning the rules, looking over special events, press releases - things like that.
"I oversee the general structure to make sure it runs smoothly and deal with any problems or answer questions that may come up. I love the sport and the club and want to stay in it and do anything I can to help it. I want to see it keep going for a long time. It's a challenge but I like it and want to give back to it."
She said she gained valuable experience working alongside Leeson.
"I learned a lot from her about the ins and outs of the club and organization," Coveney said. "I followed her systems and was greatly influenced by her.''
Coveney swam for 11 years after joining the club as a pre-teen, including four years in novice rec, a year of pre-comp and six seasons in competitive.
After graduating from Lakefield District Secondary School, she went to Lakehead University in Thunder Bay for four years, majoring in outdoor recreation and science programs. Missing swimming, she coached at a local club there. It was her first time in that role.
Upon her return to Peterborough, she became a volunteer coach with the Trent University varsity program and was also involved at the masters level with a competitive team, duet and combo. She then started coaching again with the Kawartha Trent Synchro Club.
"I like coaching because I like the sport and want to share it with others," she said. "I like to see the passion the girls have. I like to see little things, breakthrough moments girls have. There is a feeling of community with the sport and the special connection you have with each other."
Coveney also played field lacrosse, at the high school and Kawartha club level, but synchro swimming has always been highest on her sporting list.
"I got interested in it when I first saw it in the Olympics on TV," she said. "I liked it because it's athletic and you have to be in great shape but there is also an artistic side. It is a confidence booster. Many people don't know a lot about it but it is just a great sport."
Ashleigh Gillen takes bronze in the 11- and 12-year-old category at the Synchro Ontario Novice Figures Meet in Toronto on Dec. 6.
The Kawartha Trent Synchro Club's (KTSC) Ashleigh Gillen finished third in the 11- to 12-year-old category at the Synchro Ontario Novice Figures Meet in Toronto on Dec. 6.
Following behind Gillen were teammates Clair Diamandakos in 13th, Aiya Hyslop-Healy in 19th, and Stefanie Hockaday in 46th.
The meet hosted 200 recreational and pre-competitive swimmers from 12 clubs across Ontario competing in three events: figures, flexibility challenge and timed swimming. This was the first meet of the season and the first ever synchro event for many swimmers.
In the eight and under category, Layla Sandiland finished in 9th place, with Mary Blewett in 32nd and Emma Blewett in 35th.
Mia Smith took seventh place in the 9- to 10-year-olds division and Fiona Pazari followed in 12th. Lauren Graham and Mea Simmons finished 37th and 49th respectively.
Lastly, competing with the 13- to 15-year-lds, Jessica Nilsen finished ninth, with Daphne Diamandakos placing 13th, and Emily Sanderson placing 21st.
The KTSC's swimmers will compete again in Ottawa from Jan. 10 to 11.
Maria Shuwera from the Kawartha Trent Synchro Club competes at 2014 FINA World Masters Championships
Maria Shuwera from the Kawartha Trent Synchro Club competed in Montreal this past week at the 2014 FINA World Masters Championships. Shuwera swam both her technical and free routines in the 40-49 age category against other synchronized swimmers from around the world. She swam personal bests in both events and finished 16th overall in championship.
Maria had the following message to send:
“I want to thank KTSC for a wonderful season and all the support and encouragement from swimmers and coaches. Special thanks to my coach, Jess Dobson who found time in her very busy life this summer to provide coaching, workout plans, choreography and time at the pool with me. Thanks to KTSC and the board who permitted me to use the sound system for my run throughs, and thank you to the many guards and Alyssa Heffernan at the Trent pool for their flexibility and support in creativity in finding pool time for me, within their very tight summer schedule.”
The Kawartha Trent Synchro Club is holding a free lesson and registration on Sunday, September 14 at 5:30pm at the Trent University pool for new swimmers. For more information visit the club website at www.kawarthatrentsynchro.com
The Kawartha Trent Synchro Club honoured athletes, coaches and volunteers at the annual year-end awards ceremony at Trentwinds on May 29.
The two in front with the large trophies are Jessica Nilsen (Joyce Corner award) with Joyce Corner and Allison Sandiland (Kawartha Trent Award) is to the right.
The Kawartha Trent Synchro Club held its annual year end awards ceremony at Trentwinds on May 29 where athletes, coaches and volunteers were honoured for their achievements throughout the 2013-2014 season.
The Kawartha Trent Synchro Club’s competitive teams finished their season this past weekend at the Ontario Open Age Group Synchronized Swimming Championships in Windsor.