FINA Synchronized Swimming World Cup wows Canadian public

FINA Synchronized Swimming World Cup wows Canadian public

Press Release – Québec City, Sunday, October 5, 2014 – Mission accomplished! Team Canada’s goal was to surprise synchronized swimming fans and judges alike at the 13th FINA Synchronized Swimming World Cup presented by RBC, and that it did. With one silver medal and two fourth place finishes, Canada’s swimmers can be proud of their performance, having proved to the world watching that they truly belong to the global elite in the run-up to the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Brazil.

“Canada’s swimmers showed us just how far they have come in Duet and Team. Now preparations can continue for the 2015 Pan-American Games in Toronto, safe in the knowledge that things are headed in the right direction,” explains Mario Welsh, organizing committee president.

After spending, since last Monday, close to 10 hours per day training in the two pools at the PEPS aquatic centre, the swimmers gave their all. For Team Canada, it was a rare chance to perform in front of a home crowd and to show synchronized swimmers from all over the world that the sport is thriving in Québec and across Canada as a whole.

“It was a unique and exceptional event, for the sport and for Québec,” says Sylvie Fréchette, the event’s honorary president. “Across the board, the competition met international standards and Canada’s swimmers wowed the crowds from start to finish!”

The 107 swimmers from 17 countries put on a real show for the crowds who gathered at Université Laval’s PEPS aquatic centre from the start of training last Tuesday. Duet Technical, Duet Free, Team Technical, Team Free, Team Highlight, and Free Combination were all part of the lineup from Thursday, giving synchronized swimming fans a chance to see the discipline in all its forms. After an intense week of training and competition, the organizing committee is sure that the first FINA Synchronized Swimming World Cup to be held in Canada has helped raise the sport’s profile, inspiring hundreds of younger swimmers to one day take their place among the world’s elite.

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About FINA
Founded in 1908, the Fédération Internationale de Natation is the world’s governing aquatic sports organization. The five FINA disciplines—Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Diving, Water Polo, and Synchronized Swimming—are included in the Olympic program, while High Diving debuted at the 2013 FINA World Championships. FINA boasts 204 affiliated national federations around the world. It is headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland.

About Synchro Canada
Synchro Canada is an organization that fosters the pursuit of excellence while developing athletes, citizens, and ambassadors of the sport of synchronized swimming at all levels. From its 1924 beginnings in Montréal, synchronized swimming has been actively pursued by more than 70 countries worldwide. Canada proudly ranks among the best of these nations.

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