Synchro Canada Coach Development Team
Synchro Canada Comp-Dev Master Learning Facilitator
Susan Kemper has been active in synchronized swimming for over thirty years as an athlete and coach for BC and Canada. She coached Synchro Canada’s National Team for seven years including Head Coach of the 2008 Olympic Team. Susan has also developed multiple National Team athletes from the province of BC including a 2008 Olympian. Today, she is a highly sought after High Performance Consultant mentoring colleagues across the country, running multiple High Performance Camps for both provinces and clubs each season, and Head Coach of the BC Aquasonics.
Susan is a Chartered Professional Coach and in 2006 she became a fully certified NCCP Level 5 Coach, the first coach in synchronized swimming with Level 5 Certification and the ninth woman in Canadian Sport. In 2009, Susan was inducted as a “Builder” for sport into the Coquitlam Sports Hall of Fame, a huge honour at this early phase in her sporting career. As member of Synchro Canada’s Coaching Development Team, a Master Learning Facilitator for their Competition Development Coaching Program, and a coach for Synchro BC, Susan is influential at all levels of the sport, building strong, well-balanced, successful athletes for the province and the country.
Tanya Magee nee Matson has been involved in synchronized swimming since 1992 as both an athlete and a coach within the province of British Columbia. Tanya was a member of Team Canada from 2001 to 2007, winning multiple gold, silver and bronze medals for Canada.
She has also helped coach athletes onto the Canadian National Team who have competed at international competitions. In 2013, Tanya coached her 13-15 team to the finals at the National Championships which had not been done in B.C. since 2005. She has coached with the B.C. Aquasonics since 2002 with a brief hiatus while she trained at the Centre of Excellence in Montreal. While living in Montreal, Tanya achieved her coaching Level 3 status (current Comp-Dev Trained) and coached at Dollard Synchro. Tanya encourages her athletes to be independent and be involved in their training. Her programs develop skills that help her athletes when they decide to make the transition into other facets of life.
In 2007, Tanya became a fully certified NCCP Level 3 Coach. Upon her return to B.C., Tanya was selected as the Apprentice Coach for the 2008 Canadian National ‘B’ Team where she was able to work with the top athletes in Canada as they prepared for the Swiss Open. In 2010, she was named the assistant coach to Team B.C. She took that team to the 2010 U.S. Open in Dallas, Texas and to the Canada Winter Games in 2011. In 2014, Tanya completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education and Coaching. During her studies, she was the recipient of the Bob Bearpark Coaching Award of Distinction as a second, third and fourth year student. She was selected as valedictorian for her graduating class; however, she was unable to attend her graduation ceremony because she was coaching her team at the National Championships!
Tanya’s goal is to run a program that demands excellence through the development of self-responsible, accountable athletes who will be able to use their experience in this sport to enhance their life outside of this sport.
Excellence expected. Self-responsibility learned. Personal growth achieved.
ATHLETE ACHIEVEMENTS | National Team Athlete 7 Years; 2010 National Team Apprentice Coach; 2011 Canada Winter Games Team B.C. Assistant Coach; 2004 Canadian Open and U.S. Open Duet Champion; 2002 Junior World Silver (Combo) and Bronze Medalist.
SYNCHRO PET PEEVE | Athletes who do not go under right away when I say “under”; sitting out of pattern waiting to pick up music; land drill that is not sharp .
CAREER GOALS | To obtain my coaching Level 4 certification; To coach some coaching courses to new/up and coming coaches who are passionate about teaching their athlete.
MOST MEMORABLE SYNCHRO EXPERIENCE | Making the Canadian National Team for the 1st time when I was not expecting it.
PERSONAL BENEFITS FROM SYNCHRO | Hearing from parents how I have helped their daughters both in and out of the pool.
Suzanna has been involved in synchronized swimming since 1995, as an athlete and a coach. Suzanna became a Recreational and Provincial Stream coach in 2005, coaching athletes that later achieved success nationally. In 2013, Suzanna attained her certification as an NCCP Competition Development coach and began coaching National Stream and Masters level athletes. Suzanna’s 2014 Masters Team won Gold in the FINA World Masters Championships.
As a member of the Malaysian National Team for 7 years, Suzanna came to Canada to train with Susan Kemper in preparation for the Commonwealth Games. Suzanna balanced training and studies, completing 2 years of college as an athlete. She went on to complete her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and a Diploma in Criminology. In 2008, she graduated as a Gold Cord Recipient (top 10th percentile). Suzanna encourages her athletes to take ownership of their goals and to cultivate a passion for what they do, in sport and other aspects of their lives.
ATHLETE ACHIEVEMENTS | National Team Athlete 8 Years; National Solo & Duet Champion for 3 years; 2001 South East Asian Games Solo & Duet Gold; 2014 Coach of the Masters World Championships Gold Team and 4th Place Combo
COACHING ACHIEVEMENTS | Coaching the 2014 Masters World Championships Gold medalists in Team, coaching the 2015 Alien Junior Team towards their goal of making Finals at COSSC, Qualifying BCAQ’s first Duet in the 11/12 Age Category at 2013 Espoir
SYNCHRO PET PEEVE | Sloppy land drill & athletes not going under when the coach says “Under”
CAREER GOALS | To continue to be a positive role model for my athletes and to coach a team to a podium finish at Nationals!
MOST MEMORABLE SYNCHRO EXPERIENCE | Winning Gold at the 2001 SEA Games in Solo & Duet
PERSONAL BENEFITS FROM SYNCHRO | Watching my athletes become strong, independent, young people who are not afraid to dream BIG and chase their goals.
Disa has been coaching synchronized swimming since 1999 when she instructed her first Recreation team. Since then she has coached all levels of athletes from beginners to seniors. Her strength as a coach lies in her dedication to the perfection of the basics as well as long-term planning. One of her favorite aspects of coaching is the creative outlet it provides and she love helping athletes achieve their personal goals and watching them grow as athletes and as individuals.
In 2015, Disa attained a Master’s degree in Professional Communication with her research focused on the importance of sports values in influencing sport participation in young female athletes in Canada. That year, Disa also attained her certification as an NCCP Competition Development coach.
ATHLETE ACHIEVEMENTS | My proudest achievement as a swimmer was competing a senior solo when I was competitive and placing 11th in Duet at the 2012 FINA Masters World Championships.
COACHING ACHIEVEMENTS | My proudest achievement as a synchro coach is positively influencing the lives of young athletes. I’ve been lucky to work with great athletes who have worked hard and won the last 8 consecutive Provincial team titles with me.
SYNCHRO PET PEEVE | Piked hips and loose bums!
CAREER GOALS: I hope to stay on the pool deck until I’m as bent over as the ladder. Outside the pool I want to spend my life working towards the advancement of women and girls in sport in BC and Canada.
MOST MEMORABLE SYNCHRO EXPERIENCE | This is a hard question to answer! Synchro has been such a big part of my life for so long there are too many memories to choose from. Bonding with swimmers, teammates and co-coaches have been the most enriching experiences for me. If I had to pick one experience I would say competing at the 2012 FINA World Championships in Italy was pretty amazing.
PERSONAL BENEFITS FROM SYNCHRO | I am fortunate that in my capacities as a coach, as a sports administrator, and as a student, I am able to give back to synchronized swimming, a sport that has truly enriched my life.
Sam swam with the PacificSport and BC Aquasonics for 8 years from 2001-2009. As an athlete, she competed in Provincial, Western and National Championships with the club and also attended the US Open in the summer of 2009.
After one season of being both athlete and coach, Sam retired from swimming to focus on her coaching career. In 2014, Sam attained her certification as an NCCP Competition Development coach and graduated with a Sport Science Diploma – Kinesiology Specialization and a Bachelors Degree in Physical Education and Coaching, from Douglas College. In 2015 she completed her Bachelors of Education and now works as both a Synchro Coach and Elementary School Teacher.
COACHING ACHIEVEMENTS | Head Coach of the first 12 & under team from BCAQ to attend the Espoir National Championship; Received Comp-Dev certification after only 4 seasons of coaching competitively; BC Summer Games Coach in 2014, 2012, and 2010; 2011 Synchro BC Excellence in Coaching Award
ATHLETE ACHIEVEMENTS | 4th place Combo at the US Open 2009; Silver medal at Canadian National Championships 2009;1st place Team at Westerns 2008
PERSONAL BENEFITS FROM SYNCHRO | Being a competitive athlete with the Aquasonics gave me the opportunity to travel with my team all across the country while building lifelong friendships. I have attended competitions in St. John’s, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Montreal, Nanaimo, Quebec City and Tuscan, Arizona for the US Open. Being a synchronized swimmer has shaped me into the person I am today.
Erin compete with the BC Aquasonics for 11 years, both provincially and nationally. She was a member of Team BC and competed in the 2011 Canada Winter Games. In 2014, after a gold medal finish at Nationals on Susan Kemper’s senior team, Erin retired from competition and shifted her focus to coaching and pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. In 2015, she attained her certification as an NCCP Competition Development coach.
PERSONAL BENEFITS FROM SYNCHRO | I have always enjoyed coaching because it gives me the chance to help other athletes fall in love with the sport of synchronized swimming, as I did. My time as a high performance athlete has shaped the person I am today and I would love to see others experience the same. I am happy to have stayed involved with sport and hope to with coaching as long as possible.
As an athlete in synchronized swimming Vanessa swam for 8 years. She competed at provincial level and national level competitions. She also competed internationally at the 2010 and 2011 US Open. Vanessa was a member of Team BC and competed in the 2011 Canada Winter Games. She retired in July 2011 but continues her synchronized swimming career through coaching.
PERSONAL BENEFITS FROM SYNCHRO | As a recreational and provincial stream coach for BC Aquasonics I enjoy helping athletes set and achieve goals. Additionally, I enjoy the learning experiences and opportunities that are provided through coaching.