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.
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.
OSSC Team Coach since 2005
Elena Podolsky came to Canada in 1990, bringing with her a degree in Physical Education from the University of Moscow and 8 years of expertise as Head Coach at the Central School of Sport Excellence in Moscow.
Elena coached at OSSC from 1990-1998. During these years she coached many teams who were successful at a National level. In 1998 Elena moved to Synchro Optima where she coached her swimmers to 1st place wins at Ontario Winter Games and National Competitions. From 1999-2005 she was Head Coach at Optima. Elena returned to OSSC in 2005. While coaching with OSSC Elena has had numerous swimmers named to the 13 – 15 and Junior National Teams as well as Provincial teams over the years, 1st placed team at Nationals in 2007, 2nd placed team in 2006 and 3rd place in 2005.
Elena has a NCCP Level 4 Qualification and continues to participate in Professional Development Courses to update and enhance her coaching experience. In 1996 Elena won the Susan Eon Trophy as the most promising new Coach in Canada and in 2001 she was runner-up for the prestigious 3M Coaching Canada Award. In 2012 she was awarded the Charlotte Tutte-Eyres Trophy. This trophy is awarded to a coach who reflects the philosophy of Charlotte Tutte, in developing Team spirit and enhancing growth of athletes as individuals and competitors. Over the years, Elena has made tremendous contributions to the sport of synchronized swimming, including the design and implementation of new training programs which she has shared with athletes and coaches from a number of different countries around the world including Australia, Cuba, Greece, Hungary, Korea, Malaysia and Slovakia.
2013 Head Coach 13-15 National Team
2012 Head Coach 13-15 National Team
2011 Head Coach 13-15 National Team
2010 Head Coach 13-15 National Team
2008 Head Coach, Junior National Team
2007 Head Coach, 13-15 National Team Camp
2006 Assistant Coach, Jr. Worlds, Foshan, China
2004 Assistant Coach, World Championships in Moscow
Olympic National Team, Canada
2004 Consultant, Flexibility Program
2013 Talent Acceleration Pilot Program
Canada Games 2003, 2007- Head Coach Team Ontario
2006 Provincial Senior Team Assistant Coach
13-15 National Team Trials Camp Conductor
National Team Slovakia
National Synchronized Team of Greece
Summer 2004 Coach Consultant of Greek National Team for Olympic Games in Athens
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.
Rosemary Muraca is a Registered Massage Therapist and a graduate of the 2500 hour Advanced Therapeutic Massage Therapy program from Kikkawa College of Massage Therapists in Toronto, Ontario. She is a member of the Registered Massage Therapist Association of Ontario and is Registered with the College of Massage Therapist of Ontario since 1997. Rosemary is a Certified Reflexologist with the Ontario College of Reflexologist since 2001. She also specializes in Therapeutic Ultrasound, Low Level Lazer Therapy, and Therastone Massage Therapy for Sports Techniques. Rosemary is trained in a number of massage techniques including Swedish Massage, Myofacial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, Muscle Energy Techniques, and PNF stretching techniques. Rosemary has a personal interest in synchronized swimming since her daughter has been a member of OSSC since 2012. Rosemary enjoys attending competitions with her daughter’s team and helps prepare them reach their goals by treating the athletes and their individual needs. As a massage therapist her goal is to help enhance the well-being of athletes, help optimize their performance, help prevent common injuries and provide relief from physical discomfort. Rosemary began working with the high performance teams in 2015.
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.
Since 2005 Olena has been working with the Olympium Synchronized Swimming and Diving Clubs as a flexibility and dance instructor. With 20 years of experience, Olena started her dancing career at age of six. In 1990, she obtained her degree in Dance Group Management in Ukraine. She danced professionally for 12 years with different dance companies including: Dance Company of Ukrainian Philharmonic in Khmelnick, Ukraine; The Musical Drama Theatre in Dneprodzerjinsk, Ukraine. She performed in the musical “Beauty and the Beast” with the company F. Art Agency in Musical Theatre in Prague, Czech Republic. In 2003, Olena moved to Canada and began working with the Olympium Rhythmic Gymnastics Club as a choreographer and ballet teacher. She continued teaching ballet with the Barvinok Ukrainian Dance School in Mississauga and worked as a flexibility instructor with Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance. She has choreographed classical and modern dances for various scenes in the musicals with the “StarKids Musical Theatre,and many other dance companies. Currently she is leading her own dance studio and Center for Creative Development for kids “Neposedy,” in Etobicoke. Olena will continue to lead the ballet and flexibility training for our evening programs and has worked our high performance camps.
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.
11-12 Novice Team Coach
From Mexican origins but Canadian by choice and living in Toronto since 2007, Karla brings with her 17 years of Synchro Swimming experience as an athlete. As a member of the Mexican National Team A (1997-2001), she achieved the Bronze Medal in the team event at the Winnipeg 1999 Pan Am Games and 10th place in the team event at the preliminary round of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Once her Synchro career as an athlete ended, Karla moved into teaching Yoga and brings with her over 13 years of experience and holds a Yoga Alliance certification. She serves as OSSC’s yoga consultant for summer camps and during the regular season. Karla did have a short tenure as an assistant coach in Mexico where her athletes achieved 1st place in Solo and 2nd place in Duet at the National Championships. She is a certified lifeguard and is working on her NCCP Introduction to Competition level. Karla has decided to continue her development as a coach and share her learnings and experiences with new generations of swimmers.