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Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence

This is your opportunity to get Up Close and Personal with Synchronized Swimming Olympians and World Champions as the Calgary Aquabelles Celebrate 50 Years of Excellence on Friday, October 21st from 7pm – 930pm at a Special Watershow Featuring Athletes Through the Decades and a VIP Reception.

Your table purchase of $250.00 includes:

  • 4 tickets for you and your family / friends to join one special guest from our roster of prolific synchronized swimming champions. Imagine sitting with an Olympian or World Champion while you take in the spectacular Water show. Listen to the personal stories of hard work, determination and perseverance highlighting unique journeys to the top.
  • Enjoy Premium seating at a Poolside table – truly, the best water show seats in the house. Only 8 tables are available for this Event. Only 40 people will have this opportunity – the first time in 50 years!
  • Enjoy mixing and mingling with Olympians, World Champions and VIPs at a Reception in the Foundation Lounge following the water show.

At no time in the history of Canadian Synchronized Swimming has a gathering of champions of this calibre been assembled. This elite group of accomplished athletes and their coaches have been instrumental in placing synchronized swimming, The Calgary Aquabelles and Canada on the global stage.

Our special roster of attendees includes:


  • Carolyn Waldo – 2 x Olympic Gold, 1 x Olympic Silver, World Champion in solo, duet and team
  • Michelle Cameron – Olympic Gold and World Champion in Duet and Team
  • Kelly Kryczka – Olympic Silver, World champion in Duet and Team
  • Sharon Hambrook – Olympic Silver, World Champion Duet
  • Helen Vanderburg – World Champion Solo and Duet
  • Michelle Calkins – World Champion Duet
  • Karen Fonteyne – Olympic Silver
  • Cari Read Din – Olympic Silver
  • Karen Clark – Olympic Silver
  • Reidun Tathum – Olympic Bronze

Olympic and World Championship Coaches

  • Mary Ann Reeves – Founder of the Club
  • Debbie Muir - One of the original Calgary Aquamaids (the original name)
    • Honoree – Coach - International Swimming Hall of Fame (2007)
  • Michelle Calkins – Honoree – Swimmer - International Swimming Hall of Fame (2001)

Don’t miss this opportunity. A select number of tables are available for a limited time only.

To purchase a table contact: Catherine Burdett at or 587-434-9009

Individual tickets at the door priced at $25 per ticket.

Aquabelles 50th Anniversary Celebration

Attention all Aquabelles past and present! The date has been set for the 50th Anniversary for the Calgary Aquabelles. This event will bring together swimmers, coaches, judges, family and friends to celebrate the accomplishments and reflect on memories from the past 50 years.

Who: Current and past Aquabelles, Aquamums, as well as parents of past and present Aquabelles.

What: A gathering of Aquabelle generations for Appetizers, drinks (cash bar), and a look back and celebration of Aquabelle history.

Where: Strathcona Community Center - 277 Strathcona Drive SW

When: October 22, 2016 @ 6:30pm

How?  Go to and get your tickets today!

For more information please email

Look UP!  at the Calgary Tower Sky High Lights -Exterior LED Lighting!

The Calgary Tower features daily light shows each morning from 5 AM - sunrise and nightly light shows from dusk to midnight.

The Calgary Tower will be lit Thursday in recognition of the #2016 Shiseido Canadian Open Talisman Centre .

Check it out!

For immediate release:

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

Calgary Aquabelles to host the 2016 Shiseido Open - Sponsorship Opportunities

The Calgary Aquabelles are hosting the 2016 Shiseido Open (aka, Canadian Open / Synchronized Swimming Canadian Championships), April 27-May 1st 2016 at Talisman Centre.

Cash, services, or in-kind product donations are welcome. Please download the sponsorship package for more information. There is no contribution too small (or large) that isn’t valued and appreciated.  

Download the Sponsorship Package document

2016 Synchronized Swimming Summer Camp Registration Now Open

This year the Calgary Aquabelles Synchronized Swimming Club and the Talisman Centre have partnered to offer this summer’s most fun and exciting synchronized swimming camps.  Campers will discover the passion for this unique sport though a fun and engaging program highlighting the fundamental skills of synchronized swimming.  Coaches for this program are from the Calgary Aquabelles, an organization with fifty years of synchronized swimming expertise, camp administration and registration is done through Talisman an organization known for world-class sport activity.

Synchronized swimming appeals to boys and girls who love to swim, enjoys music, and likes to dance or do gymnastics.  The sport combines all of these things into one.  It fosters fun and friendships as the swimmers learn skills together while supporting one another’s progress.  

The camp is open to boys and girls ages 6 to 12 who would like to try synchronized swimming for the first time.  Swimmers must be comfortable in deep water and able to swim 25 meters without assistance.

These full day camps will operate on the following weeks:

  • July 4-8, 2016 ($316)
  • July 18-22, 2016 ($316)
  • August 2-5, 2016 ($253)
  • August 15-19, 2016 ($316)

(Complimentary before and after care is provided.)

Get More Information and Register Online

2016 Summer Camp Pricelist

AQB Challenge/NAG Provincial Qualifier February 5-7, 2016

Here is the schedule for the AQB Challenge/NAG Prov Qualifier this weekend at Talisman Centre. Please note that events can run up to 30 minutes early.

3:15 13-15 National Duets
4:20 Junior and Senior National Duets
6:00 10 & Under Provincial Duets
6:50 11-12 and Novice Provincial Duets
8:15 Combo Teams

7:20 13-15 National Figures
9:50 Junior National Figures
12:45 Senior Tech Solo
12:50 13-15 and 16-18 Provincial Duets
2:05 8 & Under and 10 & Under Solos
3:05 11-12 and Novice Provincial Solos
4:15 13-15 and 16-18 Provincials Solos
5:40 13-15 National Solos
6:15 Junior National Solos
6:45 Senior Free Solos

9:20 10 & Under Provincial Teams
10:25 11-12 and Novice Provincial Teams
11:50 13-15 Provincial Teams
1:00 13-15 National Teams
1:50 Junior and Senior National Teams

Please bring shorts, t-shirt, and your bathing suit to this FREE session.

Contact to register or for more information.

Thank you Meng Chen, Karine Thomas and Jacqueline Simoneau for visiting us. We truly appreciate you helping us out. We all wish you the best in your training for Rio 2016!!!!

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