Lindsay’s love for synchro started at a tiny club in Saskatchewan called the Estevan Mermaids. Not long after her family moved to Ontario, she was introduced to the Olympium where she spent the majority of her swimming career. She swam nationally for eight years at OSSC, finishing with both her senior team and duet on top of the podium. This will be her second year coaching for the club, the first being with the 10& Under Provincial Team in 2011. She is NCCP Introduction to Competition “trained” and will complete this certification as well as her NLS this season. She is thrilled to be a part of the club again and she’s looking forward to a great season!
13-15 Provincial & FINA Floater Coach
At age 8, Lola started synchronized swimming training in Kiev Club, Ukraine, where she reached the level of Ukraine’s Junior National Team. She also performed in Theatre on the Water’s “Russian Pearl” in Moscow, Russia.
After her studies for bachelor of Physical Education and Sport Science at the Wingate Institute, she established the Ashdod Synchro Club and served as Head Coach to 2016. During more than 15 years her club had podium finishes at the Senior, Junior and Age Group National Championships including many gold medals. Her athletes have consistently been selected to the Israel National Team. Many years the majority of the National Team members were from her club. She also served as Israel’s National Team Coach at the Junior and Age Group levels.
• International Club Achievements:
o Attended Aquawit Cup 2005 (Poznan, Poland).
o 4th place team and duet, Kristal Cup 2010 (Beograd, Serbia).
o Attended the Christmas Prize 2011 (Prague, Czech Republic).
o 1st and 2nd duet, 2nd combo at Orka Cup 2013 (Hungary).
o 1st place solo, 2nd team figures, 5th and 6th duet in Luxemburg Cup 2014.
o 1st total, solo, duet, team in Red Sea Cup, 2014 (Eilat, ISR).
o 2nd place Combo 3rd figures 4th duet in Christmas Prize 2015 (Prague, Czech Republic).
• National Team Achievements:
o 3rd duet, solo, combo and overall COMEN Cup 2008.
o 4th overall COMEN Cup 2015.
o 1st combo Hungarian Open 2014.
o Finals in 13-15 and Junior Championships in Spain, France, Switzerland, Croatia, Serbia, Great Britain.
o 2nd 12&under team, Russia 2012.
• LEN Judge certified since 1999, FINA school judge certified since 2011.
• Coach at Halifax Aqua Nova club, Nova Scotia, Canada, 2016.
Her coach philosophy is: “Work smart, aim high”
10 & Under Provincial Team Co-Coach
Jennifer Knobbs is a native Torontonian – her father moving to Canada from England at the age of 17 with the National Ballet of Canada. Jennifer started her synchro career the age of seven with the Olympium Synchronized Swimming Club. Jennifer Knobbs was a Provincial and National champion, and a member of Ontario Provincial and Canadian National Teams (Junior, National B and National A). Jennifer studied for a year at the University of Toronto before centralising with the Canadian team in Montreal. In 2009 Jennifer followed her Olympic dream and moved to Great Britain to train with the Team GB Olympic Synchronized Swimming Team. Jennifer achieved her goal of being an Olympian swimming in both the Team Technical and Free events at the 2012 Olympic Games. She is thrilled to be back at her home club inspiring the next generation of swimmers. Jennifer earned a bachelor of Sport Management at Humber College; is a certified lifeguard and is working on her NCCP Competition Development level.
11-12 Pre-Provincial Team Coach
Renee is a certified lifeguard and Competition Introduction certified coach, whose synchro career began at the Olympium at the age of 8. She spent her entire eight-year competitive career with OSSC, competing both Nationally and Internationally. Renee ended her high school career as a coach for OSSC in the evening program. At Wilfrid Laurier University, Renee earned her degree in English with minors in film and psychology. There she continued to swim synchro on their Varsity team, while coaching teams and extra routines at KW Synchro Club. Renee has also continued her synchro career by competing on Masters teams for Durham and York Synchro. She returned to OSSC’s coaching staff in January 2015, and has been thrilled to help shape and grow our Pre-Provincial program ever since.
Marin began her synchro career at the age of 12 in Calgary. She swam competitively at the provincial, national and international level. Marin loved working with her team to reach their goals. Once graduating high school Marin moved to Toronto and is currently studying public relations at Humber College. This will be Marin’s second year coaching and she is very excited to show how rewarding the sport can be to new young swimmers.
13-15 FINA Coach and 13-15 Provincial Co-Coach
Laura has been coaching with OSSC since September 2011. She has experience coaching High Performance, Athletes With a Disability, and Novice. She is thrilled to be returning to the High Performance program for the 2016-2017 season while still staying involved in the 13-15 provincial stream team.
Laura swam at OSSC for 10 years, then moved to Montreal, Quebec where she swam on the National Team for 6 additional years before retiring from the team in 2009. She swam an additional 2 seasons for McGill University before hanging up her noseclips in 2011, only to begin swimming synchro again for the OSSC masters in 2014.
Laura holds a BSc from McGill, a MSc from the University of Toronto and is a PhD candidate in the Exercise Science department at U of T. She is specializing in behavioural sport science and has conducted research into the coach-athlete relationship for her Masters degree. She is currently a part of the research team at U of T’s Concussion lab and is partnering with Synchro Ontario to research concussions in synchro for her doctoral dissertation. Laura also provides mental skills coaching for athletes of all sports through her new business, Mind 2 Body Performance Consulting.
10 & Under Provincial Co-Coach
Diana swam with OSSC for 5 years, 4 of which were on provincial teams. . In her first year coaching a team, she led OSSC’s 13-15 team to a gold medal at the Novice Championships. A recipient of the Amy Caskey Leadership Award, Diana will bring her outstanding leadership skills to the 10&Under Provincial Team this season. She is a certified lifeguard; is working on her NCCP Introduction to Competition level and is fluent in three languages. She’s very energetic and loves to coach!
Anne-Sophie started the sport of synchronized swimming at the age of 8 in her native Montreal. Very quickly she moved to the provincial level with Synchro Laval and started her love story with the sport. At the age of 11, she jumped to the national level and attended a sport school which allowed her and her teammates to maximize their training. At the age of 15, she moved to Montreal Synchro to swim with duet partner Marie-Pier Boudreau-Gagnon and for the next 3 years the team was national champion and won gold at international meets. In 2001, she hung her bathing suit, nose plug and goggles and began her coaching career and to attend university. Over the years, she has coached many athletes from all levels and the 2016-2017 season will be her second at OSSC. When not at the pool, Anne-Sophie is either with her beautiful Rottweiler Bronx, running her dog walking business or dabbling with 2 or 3 other professional projects. She has her NCCP Competitive Development level and is a certified lifeguard.