March 2016 News

National Stream Provincial Championships

Our athletes were amazing, weren’t they? Next stop – Quebec City for the National Qualifier Championships! (Photo Credit: Photo Team)

13-15 National Stream Team (Witches): Silver Medalists


Junior Duet – Cameron Blades and Nancy Zhang: Silver Medalists


Junior Solo – Emily Yang: Bronze Medalist



Junior National Stream Team (Velociraptors): Silver Medalists


Thank you Volunteers

Thank you to all who volunteered for the February Meet! Thank you for going with the flow when the schedule was off, for the outstanding food in the judges’ room, for ensuring the right music came on when it was supposed to, for announcing that could be heard in the viewing gallery, for jumping in when needed, and for the many little things that were done without being asked. You made it a great weekend for our athletes. (Photo Credit: Photo Team)

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Please contact our FCP Coordinator, Lucie Wang at , to ensure your time has been recorded for your FCP hours.

Send-Off Watershow – March 12

Come watch all of the Aquasonics teams, solos and duets in the March 12 Club Watershow and help us give a great send-off to our National Stream teams who will be heading to Quebec the next day.

Invite your friends and family! It will be a great chance to see our teams at their best! 11:30am at the Surrey Sport & Leisure Complex. $5 admission for adults.

We have also added a Year End Watershow – mark your calendar now for May 28th, 11:30am at SSLC. This Watershow will be preceded by our AGM at 9:30am.

Visiting Coach from China

Those of you who train out of Surrey Sport and Leisure may have seen a new coach on deck. In February, we hosted Summer (Xia) Yu from SiChuan Foliflora Aquatic Sports Training Centre in China. Former coach of Nancy Zhang and Emily Yang on our Junior Team, Summer came to the BC Aquasonics to not only visit her athletes but to promote cooperation between our Club and her Club in China, with the hope that more of her athletes will be able to train with us in the future.

Summer had a great experience with us. “The athletes at BC Aquasonics are always enthusiastic and excited about practices and appreciate their coaches,” says Summer. “I can tell they all love synchronized swimming. I really like the training atmosphere at BC Aquasonics. I am so pleased that athletes and coaches liked me and my trainings. Thank you everyone for the extraordinary experience here. I am looking forward to coming back soon.”

The feeling was mutual. “She is an excellent coach,” says Head Coach Susan Kemper. “It is always great to have someone new who brings new ideas and new ways of doing things. She was very ‘hands on’ with our athletes and in the short time she was here, helped a few of them get over some of their hurdles. We look forward to having her back.”




Summer started synchronized swimming in 1995 and was selected to the Guang Dong provincial team of China the following year. She and her team were three time national champions at China National Championships. She was then selected to China’s Junior National Team from 2005-2006 and was also team captain both years. They won silver in the 2006 FINA World Junior Synchronized Swimming Championships in team event. After retiring due to injury, Summer started coaching at XinChen Sports School. In 2012, she founded of SiChuan Foliflora Aquatic Sports Training Center where, to date, there are over 100 synchro and around 50 speed swimming athletes. In 2015, her Club’s 12 and under team was the combo champion at the National Youth Championships.

Watch National Qualifier Live

Our National Stream teams head next to the National Qualifier Championships, March 15 – 20 in Quebec City where they will compete against clubs from across the country. You can watch live on Sports TV. We will send out the link and schedule as soon as it is posted.

New Star 1-2 Sessions Coming Up

To register, go to the Synchro Store:

Surrey Sport & Leisure Centre


Twice a week: Mon/Wed 4-5:30pm – Starts April 4th
Twice a week: Mon/Fri 5:30-7pm – Starts April 4th
Coquitlam City Centre Aquatic Complex Once a week: Thur 5:30-7pm – Starts  March 17th

Leah Papillo Joins BCAQ Executive

In December, Leah Papillo was appointed to the BC Aquasonics Executive to fill one of the open positions. Thank you Leah!

What’s Coming Up

March 12th Synchro Try-It, 10:30-11:30am, SSLC

Club Watershow, 11:30am-1pm, SSLC

March 13th – 20th National Qualifier Championships, Quebec City (National Stream Teams)
April 8th – 10th Mable Moran Championships (All Athletes, All Levels)

No training at SSLC; Sunday Training for NS Teams at CCAC

April 16th No training at SSLC
April 17th No training at CCAC
April 25th – May 1st Canadian Open Synchronized Swimming Championships , Calgary, AB (Junior National Stream Team)
April 29th – May 1 No training at SSLC
May 13th – 15th Jean Peters Provincial Championships, Nanaimo, BC (All Provincial Stream Teams)
May 28th AGM, 9:30am and Club Watershow, 11:30am, SSLC
May 30th – June 5th Espoir National Championships, Winnipeg, MB (13-15 National Stream Team)
June 13 – July 20th Summer Games Teams Training, SSLC
July 21st – 24th BC Summer Games, Abbotsford, BC