Four KW Synchronized Swim Club athletes have been identified in Ontario’s Learn to Train program. The program is designed using the Long Term Athlete Development model, a scientific approach to training. KW Synchro has had a history of producing strong skilled athletes representing our community in local, national and international competition.
Nadia Crits, Danica Penner, Taylor Murphy and Brin Aston’s participation allows the program to target their training over the next year with a group of experts in fields of dance, swimming, strength and conditioning, flexibility, goal setting and synchro specifics.
Their goal is to have stellar results by the end of their season showing progress from September through June. These are four of the next generation of athletes that will represent our KW community for Canada at international competitions. They first have to get through some simple land skills that require mental focus and proper form. An example for parents to try at home: lie on your back in a hollow body position and rock back and forth 100 times.
Skills that synchronized swimmers require include:
• Flexibility of the shoulders, back, legs (splits), wrist and ankles
• Speed work, especially of the legs
• Breath control
• Swim a 400-meter IM
• Ability to lift their own body weight and those of others out of the water
• Ability to count music
• … And much more!
To learn more about KW Synchro, join their recreational program that runs January through April (2017). You can also see them at their annual Winter Showcase held on December 11, 2016 at the Waterloo Swimplex at 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit their website at www.kwsynchro.on.ca.
Submitted by John Ortiz, Head Coach KW Synchro