Susan Kemper ~ Head Coach
Susan Kemper has been active in synchronized (artistic) 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.
Most recently, Susan led our Junior National Stream Highlight Team to a National Championship.
Erin Williams ~ National Stream and Recreational Coordinator
Erin competed as an athlete for 11 years and swam National Stream for 6 years. She was a member of Team BC and competed in the 2011 Canada Winter Games. Erin retired as an athlete in 2014, after her team earned a Gold medal at the Canadian Open Synchronized Swimming Championships, and a bronze medal at the US Open Championships.
Erin began coaching for the BC Aquasonics in 2011 and earned her NCCP Competition Development certification in 2015. Alongside coaching synchronized swimming, she was also an Intern Coach with Simon Fraser University Varsity athletics for 4 years where she assisted with various Strength and Conditioning programs. In 2019, Erin completed her undergraduate degree at Simon Fraser University, earning a Bachelor of Science (Honours) with Distinction, and was the Valedictorian of her graduating class. Currently, she is working toward a Master of Science Degree in Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University, as well as becoming a Chartered Professional Coach.
COACHING ACHIEVEMENTS | Coached BC’s first Mixed Ability team; Coached Stephanie toward earning a Silver Medal in her Adaptive Solo at the 2018 Espoir National Championships; Earned NCCP Competition Development Certification (2015); BC Summer Games Coach in 2018.
ATHLETE ACHIEVEMENTS | Gold medal at Canadian Open Synchronized Swimming Championships 2014; Bronze medal at US Open 2014; Silver medal at Canadian Open Synchronized Swimming Championships 2013; 4th place Team at 2011 Canada Winter Games.
PERSONAL BENEFITS FROM SYNCHRO | Being a competitive athlete growing up helped shape so much of the person I am today – it helped me develop confidence, a healthy lifestyle, and countless life skills. As a coach I absolutely love sharing that with others, and watching athletes grow throughout their time competing with BCAQ. As well, being a competitive athlete gave me the opportunity to travel to many places with my team – I have attended competitions in every province (excluding Newfoundland & Labrador, and New Brunswick), Las Vegas, and Hawaii. My family also hosted an exchange student from Brazil for a year who swam on our team… then, in 2016 me and some of my teammates went to visit her, and also got tickets to watch synchro in the Olympics!
Sarah Birkbeck ~ Provincial and National Stream
Sarah started her artistic swimming journey with a small recreational club in Okotoks Alberta for 3 years before she decided to go competitive and joined the Calgary Aquabelles. Sarah swan with the Aquabelles for 6 years, 5 of which she swam at the national level. With the Aquabelles Sarah competed in Provincials, Westerns, and National Championships, and also at the first two National Qualifiers. The highlight of Sarah’s athletic career was representing Canada in team and duet at the 2012 Caribbean Island Swimming Championships in Aruba.
In 2014, Sarah moved to Peterborough Ontario to start her Bachelor of Science in the Honours Program in Forensics and Psychology at Trent University. She continued to swim recreationally and began coaching for both the local club (Kawartha Trent Synchro Club (KTSC)) and university club (Trent Synchro). In the summer of 2019 Sarah was the assistant coach of Team Ontario’s 13-15 team. Sarah moved to Vancouver in 2019 to begin her Master of Counselling Psychology program at Adler University and began coaching with the BC Aquasonics. Sarah graduated from her Masters program in 2021 and is now a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BCACC and works for Kids Help Phone. Sarah is currently a trained Competition Development Artistic Swimming coach and hopes to be certified by the end of the 2022 season.
ATHLETE ACHIEVEMENTS | Consistently placing at the National Championships in both Team and Combo. Represent Canada at the Caribbean Island Swimming Championships in Aruba and placing 4th in Duet and 1st in Team.
COACHING ACHIEVEMENTS | Assistant Coach of Team Ontario’s 13-15 team at SYNC 2019 and the 2019 UANA PANAMERICAN Championships. Coached the JR Solo Technical Champion at the Ontario Open Championships in 2019. KTSC’s Jennifer Black Ruth Award recipient in 2019 for leadership, dedication, and love of the sport.
PERSONAL BENEFITS FROM SYNCHRO | I have traveled across Canada, to the United States, and to Aruba to compete and train. During my years of swimming I made lifelong friendships and gained so many life skills that have shaped me into who I am today. As a coach I hope to pass on my passion of the sport to my athletes and help them achieve their goals.