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April 25, 2016

Calgary Aquabelles to host 2016 Shiseido Canadian Open Synchronized SwimmingChampionships

Calgary, April 25, 2016 – More than 225 synchronized swimmers from across Canada and the Americas will be at Calgary’s Talisman Centre, April 27 - May 1, for Synchro Canada’s 2016 Canadian Open Championships. The championships are the culmination of the 2016competitive season for Canadian junior (16-18) and senior athletes who will be competing for national crowns in 10 different events over the course of the week.

The athletes will represent 24 clubs from five countries and eight Canadian provinces during the championships hosted by the Calgary Aquabelles under the leadership of Synchro Canada.

Over 100 coaches and officials will also be on hand.

The Welcome Ceremony featuring all athletes and officials who will be taking part in the event will be held on Thursday, April 28 at 2:30 pm. The Calgary Tower will also be displaying special red and white LED lighting on Thursday to send a special Calgary welcome to the participants.

Strong local participation

Seventeen athletes will represent the host club, the Calgary Aquabelles, including Halle Pratt, Paige Hopper and Cassandra Winkelaar who have recently been named to the Junior National team which will represent Canada at the FINA Junior World Championships in Kazan, Russia,this summer.

They will be looking to uphold the club’s strong tradition of excellence on the national scene.17-year old Pratt will be defending her national crown in solo while the Aquabelles combo team will be going for a 6th consecutive Canadian title. The Junior team, which came in first place in last month’s National Qualifier in Quebec City, will also be vying for gold.

Representation from Colombia, Mexico, Puerto Rico and USA

The Championships will have an international flavour with the participation of athletes from the USA, Mexico, Colombia and Puerto Rico who will be taking part in both junior and senior events.

Gala of Champions

The 2016 Shiseido Canadian Open will conclude with the presentation of a Gala of Champions on Saturday, April 30, at 6 pm. This special watershow will feature the national champions from some of the events held during the week, the international athletes and teams as well as a few surprises.

All-event packages will be available at the door for $30. Single day tickets for April 27 - April 30 will be sold for $12.

Schedules, results, and a live webstream of all events for the 2016 Canadian Open Championships will be available online at .

For more information, contact:

Kim Wallace

Director of Public Relations

Calgary Aquabelles

Ph. (403) 830-8943