Try High Performance – Tuesday Feb, 21, 2017



Have your chance to workout with the OSSC High Performance Teams and Coaches.  Details are as follows:

  • 7:30-8:15 flexibility and extension training with our ballet consultant, Jaclyn
  • 8:15-8:30 move to pool deck & break
  • 8:30-11 pool session – figure and routine skills, learn part of an HP routine!

Open to experienced synchro athletes both from within and outside of the club, with birth years 2004-2007.  If interested, must RSVP to Julie Thaden at by Feb. 19.

Claire Christie

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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.




Today is International Volunteer Day, so it’s a good time to pause and thank ALL OF THE OSSC VOLUNTEERS for what you do personally to advance to sport of Synchronized Swimming in Ontario, Canada, and beyond.

While it’s dangerous to try to cover everyone because of the risk of forgetting someone, we’d like to thank these groups in particular:

  • THOSE BEYOND ONTARIO BORDERS (UANA, Synchro Canada, FINA, or wherever else)

Thank you to those who make a choice to spend their valuable time to help with the advancement of the Olympium Synchronized Swimming Club.







OSSC Halloween Party 2016

This year the Olympium Synchro teams really got into the Halloween spirit.  After a gruelling but satisfying Synchrothon, all of the athletes were able to unwind at the annual Halloween synchro party.

It seemed like everybody was there: the full cast of Super Mario Bros., superheroes, flowers, witches and Dr. Seuss characters – the party had it all. Rey, from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (opening in December at an IMAX theatre near you) even showed up.

Many thanks to all of the volunteers who helped with the Synchrothon and the Halloween party – it was a great success. But more importantly, thank you to the athletes who raised money in the morning and rocked the Halloween spirit in the afternoon.

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Julie Thaden

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11-12 FINA Coach

In 2014, OSSC appointed Julie Thaden to the position of OSSC Head Coach, overseeing all aspects of the HP and evening programs. Julie leads our talented staff of coaches in providing an incredible, well-rounded program for all of our swimmers. She coaches in both the High Performance and Evening Competitive programs. Since coming to OSSC she has coached the 11-12 HP athletes to gold and bronze at the 2015 Espoir Championship and to two silver medals in 2016.

Julie comes to OSSC with a wealth of experience and credentials. Before coming to Canada, she was Head Coach at Multnomah Athletic Club in Portland, Oregon and held that position for over 11 years. Prior to that she developed Indy Synchro Club in Indianapolis, Indiana where she was Head Coach for 16 years. She started out coaching in Ohio, where she grew up swimming synchro. Julie holds a Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Leisure Services from Kent State University. Her master level studies include sports psychology, pedagogy and physiology through Human Kinetics and the American Sports Coaching Education Program.

Julie was a member of the US National Team pool of coaches from 1993-2013. In that time she’s held multiple US National Team coaching positions at all levels including:

Head Coach, 2009 & 2010 12-under Teams

Figure Coach, 2008 13-15 Team

Head Coach, 2000 Junior Team, 1998 Senior Team 2

Assistant Coach, 2001 Senior Team 2, 1997 Senior Team 2, 1995 Jazz Splash Team

Many of her club athletes were appointed to US national teams at all levels from the 12-under Team to Senior Team 1.

Julie is an original faculty member of the US Coaching Certification Program. She holds the highest level of certification the US currently grants, CCP level 6 and has conducted certification courses for other coaches around the US. She has been a frequent presenter at US Synchro’s annual Coaches College and has often conducted national and zone-wide clinics and camps in the US. In addition, she has served as a FINA Developmental Clinician, helping to foster synchro in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.


May Swimmer of the Month (Evening) is Mei Chiao

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Hello! My name is Mei and I am in Grade 7 going into Grade 8 this fall. I have just finished my 6th year of synchro. I joined the Provincial 13-15 team for the first time this year… it was a huge change, but it was lots of fun! I found it to be so much more work than what I had experienced before. I focused on improving my flexibility, my figures and my routine skills. (I had to improve everything!) It was worth the time and effort though. I love doing synchro! I love that it is challenging yet enjoyable. And best of all, I love synchro because you have the opportunity to make so many new friends who are supportive – they are always there for you during competitions.

In addition to synchro, I also play the piano. I am working towards my Grade 7 exam and will be testing for it this fall. During the winter, I like going downhill skiing with my family. We are newbies, still learning, but have lots of fun doing it. In my spare time when I’m alone in my room, I like to do arts and crafts. Art is probably my favorite class at school. Lastly, I love a good book.

Other responsibilities that I have revolve around my family and our house. I walk my brothers to and from school every day. Sometimes I babysit them on the weekends. Other days I am forced to clean my house (I hate it). This summer, I am going to learn to cook.

Thanks Olympium for a great season! I miss synchro and can’t wait until next year’s season to start…

Coach Laura:

Mei is consistently working hard in practice and learning how to push herself out of her comfort zone in the pool. Her figure skills have improved tremendously from the beginning of the season. Watching her swim now you would never know that this is her first season in competitive. Congratulations on your hard work Mei!