Claire started swimming with OSSC in the Novice Competitive Program when she was 8. She swam for two years in the Provincial Competitive Program, after which she moved to the National Competitive Program. Claire currently swims on Coach Steph’s 13-15 FINA Team. Claire participated in OSSC’s Coach in Training program as an assistant coach for 2 years. This past fall she began as a lead coach in the recreational program where she enjoyed coaching Aqua Stars. This spring Claire is excited to be lead coaching a 9-10 Novice Team. She likes watching young swimmers grow through sport and develop life-long skills and friendships. Claire has her Bronze Cross and has successfully completed the Swim Synchro Introduction to Competition Course.
Aqua Squirts Coach
Sophia joined OSSC five years ago in the recreational program. After a year she joined the Provincial stream in the 11-12 team. She joined the Coach In Training (CIT) program because she loves teaching and enjoys helping young children develop their synchro skills and being part of a team. She is now coaching Aqua Squirts on Saturdays.
Aquastars Lead Coach
Hadas started swimming at community pool Cedar Park in Montreal in 2011. She swam provincially for two years at Dollard Synchro in Quebec before moving to Ontario where she joined the OSSC High Performance (HP) program in 2013. Hadas is currently in her fourth year of the HP program and in her last year of 13-15 age group. She has been a CIT for two years and is very excited to be a lead coach this year for the Aquastars program. Hadas has her bronze medallion and will be completing the Synchro Ontario Trillium Instructor Course this October.
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”
13-15 FINA Coach
Stephanie first started coaching in 2001. Since then, she has coached a wide range of levels and age groups at various clubs throughout the province. In 2004, she initiated and developed the re-establishment of the Trent University Synchro Team, and competed with the team. She was the head coach of the Brant Synchro club for 3 years, and has been involved in multiple Synchro Ontario High Performance Camps. In 2013, Stephanie spent the summer developing a synchro camp, along with regular season programming for athletes on the island of Curacao. She is a provincial level judge, and continues to compete in the sport at the Masters level. Steph is excited to compete with OSSC’s team at Masters Worlds in Budapest this summer.
Taking on a new role this season as the Provincial Program Director, Steph is looking forward to being involved in both the morning and evening programs. She will be working closely with the provincial stream, along with coaching a 13-15 FINA team.
13-15 FINA Figure Coach & FINA Floater Coach
OSSC Team Coach since 2008
Amy Bush (née Caskey) is a NCCP Level 3 Coach, and has been coaching for twelve years.
Amy began her synchro career at the age of 5 in Peterborough, Ontario with the Kawartha-Trent Synchro Club. She moved to OSSC in 1994, and was a member of the club until 2004. In 1995, Amy was named to Canada’s Junior National Team where her team won Gold at the Junior World Championships. Her greatest success with OSSC was as a member of the Senior team that won the team championship at Canadian Nationals in 1998. She continued to meet with great success as a club athlete, as a member of the National B Team (1998-2000) and the National A Team/Centre of Excellence (2000-2003). Some of her victories include a Bronze medal at the World Aquatic Championships in 2001, a Gold medal at the German Open in 2003, and a Silver medal at the Pan American Games in 2003.
In 2004, Amy began coaching Tier 6 and 7 (13-15 and Junior) at Optima Synchro alongside Head Coach Elena Podolsky, where she quickly earned a reputation as a kind and fair coach with great technical and creative abilities. On an International level, Amy coached the Venezuelan National Team (2005-2006) in preparation for the South American Games in Columbia. In 2007 and 2009, she ran a synchro camp in Hampshire, England. Amy was the Apprentice Coach for the 2007 Canada Winter Games held in the Yukon. Amy was the Head Coach of the Team Ontario Junior Team in 2008 and 2009.
At the volunteer level, Amy served as the Athlete’s Representative on the Synchro Swim Ontario’s Board of Director’s from 2004 to 2012.
In June 2015, for her outstanding athletic achievements in the sport, Amy was inducted into the Peterborough and District Sports Hall of Fame as one of six new inductees for 2015, and the second youngest ever to be inducted.
2014-2016 – OSSC High Performance Coach
2013-2014 – 11-12 HP team, OSSC Day Program
2012-2013 – 11-12 team, Evening Competitive, Junior figures, 13-15 solos & duets
2011-2012 – 11-12 team, OSSC Day Program, Junior Combo, Junior Duets
2010-2011 – 11-12 HP team, OSSC Day Program
2009-2010 – 10&U HP team, OSSC Day Program
2009 – Head Coach, Team Ontario (Junior)
2008-2009 – Senior Duets, Junior Combo, OSSC Day Program
2008 – Head Coach, Team Ontario (Junior)
2007 – Apprentice Coach, Canada Winter Games
2005-2006 – Venezuelan National Team
2002-2005 – coaching private figures, consulting
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.
Recreational and Novice Program Director
This is Vanessa’s fifth year working with OSSC, starting out as the Evening Program Director and now moving into her new role as the Recreational and Novice Program Director. Vanessa has fourteen years coaching experience, seven of which were spent as head coach of the Brant Synchro Club. She has coached at all levels and age groups. She has also worked for Synchro Ontario at many of their High Performance Camps and Team Ontario.
Vanessa has completed her first year of her Level Four at the National Coaching Institute and is a Level One judge.
In addition to coaching, Vanessa has been swimming Masters for the past six years, has attended the last two FINA Master’s Worlds Championships and will be heading to Budapest next summer for the next Championship with her team.
Tatyana started diving from the age of 8, continuing through 2006. As an athlete, she was the bronze medalist in the USSR Cup and was a World Masters medalist in England, Canada and the US. She received her university degree in Physical Culture in 1982 and attended a special training course in Moscow in 1989. She has a long history of coaching diving. She was a national team coach in the USSR and later the Olympic Coach for Kazakhstan. Three of her divers represented Kazakhstan at three different Olympic Games – in Atlanta in 1996, Sydney in 2000 and in Athens in 2004. She moved to Canada in 1997 and has been coaching diving here for 16 years. She has twice developed divers to become Canadian Junior National Champions and has had silver and bronze medalists during the last five years. She’s been with the GATQUATIC Diving Club since 2009.