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VISION

MISSION STATEMENT

We provide superior programs and expertise in the sport of Artistic (Synchronized) Swimming; developing well-rounded, confident individuals to achieve their full potential.

CORE VALUES

FUN/FRIENDSHIP

We encourage the fostering of positive, personal relationships in an enjoyable atmosphere.

GROWTH

We believe in the continuous development of our athletes, coaches, club and sport

RESPECT

We expect all individuals to be considerate, value each other’s perspectives and demonstrate good sportsmanship.

TEAM WORK/COMMITMENT

We believe through dedication to each other, to the club and to the sport, we will achieve our goals.

CLUB HISTORY

BEGINNINGS

Founded in September 1966 by Mary Ann Reeves, the Calgary Aquabelles have a storied and distinguished history. Playing a lasting role in shaping the development of synchronized swimming in Canada and on the world stage, the Aquabelles have celebrated many firsts in the sport. Producing numerous world class synchronized swimmers and Olympic Athletes for over 50 years, every Aquabelles swimmer has pledged to ‘do their best, with good sportsmanship’.

TIMELINE

Sept 1966

Calgary Aquabelles founded by Mary Ann Reeves

1967

Debbie Humphrey wins first AQB national medal.

1967

Ken Newans writes about AQB and synchro on the sports page, a move from the women’s page

1971

AQB’s win silver at Pan-Ams and are welcomed back by the City of Calgary as the first sports team to bring back an international medal!

1972

Senior and Junior Team hold simultaneous National Team Medals. Repeated 3 times (not repeated by any other club to date)

1977

Helen Vanderburg and Michelle Calkins win Elaine Tanner Canadian Athletes of the Year, winning Gold at Pan Pacifics in Mexico City and Gold at the World Aquatic Championships in West Berlin

1981

Debbie Muir named Head Coach

1981

AQB’s Cowboy routine beats the USA In Team for the first time ever during the Pan Pacifics

1984

Synchro joined the Olympics

1984

Aquabelles win silver in solo and duet the first time Synchro is in the Olympics (Carolyn Waldo, Kelly Kryczka and Sharon Hambrook

1988

It is a sweep at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul – Gold in Solo for Carolyn Waldo, Gold in Duet for Carolyn Waldo and Michelle Cameron with Alternate Karin Larsen

1994

Another sweep (Solo/Duet/Team) at FINA World Junior Synchronized Swimming Championships in Bonn Germany

1998

US Open in Santa Clara, Aquabelle athlete Raphael Jablona used Knox gelatin for the first time in hair during a competition and word spread to be the norm

2001

Canadian Team (including Aquabelle Sarah Alexander & Erin Chan) win Bronze at World Aquatic Championships in Fukuoka, Japan

2008

Beijing Olympics Team places 4th with Aquabelle’s Jennifer Song and Alison McKenny

2011

unior UANA – Gold in figures, solo, duet, team with Aquabelle Gabriella Brisson (duet), Claudia Holzner (duet) and Kaylene Scheil with Head Coach Jenn Tregale

2014

Mary Ann Reeves recognized by ISOF (International Swimming Hall of Fame) with Paragon Award for Leadership in Synchronized Swimming

2015

Junior UANA – Gold in figures, solo, duet and team with Aquabelle’s Jayd Kasprick, Halle Pratt (solo & duet) with Jenn Tregale Head Coach

2017

Mark Tewksbury named honourary member of the Aquabelles; celebrating his underwater training with the club prior to his gold medal win in the Barcelona Olympics

2017

Calgary Aquabelle’s 50th Anniversary

COACHING TEAM

ACHIEVEMENTS

CALGARY AQUABELLES – ACCOMPLISHEMENT SUMMARY

1) Accomplishments – National Stream (2015 – 2018)

Year Event Gold Silver Brozen
2018 National Qualifier Junior Solo Tech, Junior Solo Free, Junior Duet Tech Senior Solo Tech, Senior Solo Free, Combo Final, Junior Duet Free, Senior team Free, 13-15 Figures Senior Team Tech, 13-15 Solo, 13-15 Duet
2018 Canadian Open Junior Solo Tech, Junior Solo Free, Junior Duet Tech, Junior Duet Free Junior Team Tech, Senior Solo Free, Combo Final, Senior Team Free Senior Solo Tech, Senior Team Tech
2018 Espoir 13-15 Solo Routine, 13-15 Duet Routine, 13-15 Team Routine
2017 National Qualifier Senior Solo Tech ,Senior Solo Free ,Junior Figures 13-15 Solo,Junior Solo,Junior Team 13-15 figures Junior Figures Junior Solo
Combo 13-15 Team Junior Duet Senior Solo Tech
2017 Canadian Open Junior Figures Senior Solo Tech Senior Solo Free Combo Junior Team Junior Solo Junior Duet Junior Figures Senior Solo Tech Junior Solo
2017 Espoir 13-15 Figures 13-15 Solo 13-15 Team 13-15 Figures 13-15 Duet
2016 National Qualifier 13-15 Team Junior Figures 13-15 Figures 13-15 Solo Junior Team Senior Solo Tech Combo
2016 Canadian Open Junior Figures Junior Solo Junior Team Senior Team Free Senior Solo Tech Combo
2016 Espoir 13-15 Solo 13-15 Team 13-15 Figures
2015 National Qualifier 13-15 Figures 13-15 Solo 13-15 Duet 13-15 Team Junior Solo Junior Team Combo Junior Figures 13-15 Figures 13-15 Solo Senior Solo Tech
2015 Canadian Open Junior Figures Junior Solo Junior Team Combo Junior Team
2015 Espoir 13-15 Figures 13-15 Solo 13-15 Duet 13-15 Team 13-15 Figures 13-15 Solo

2) Accomplishments – Provincial Stream (2015-2018)

Year Event Gold Silver Brozen
2018 Provincial Qualifier 10&Under Figures 10&Under Duet 11-12 Figures 11-12 Duet 11-12 Team 11-12 Solo 10&Under Team 11-12 Duet Novice Figures
Duet 11-12 Figures 11-12 Duet 11-12 Team
2018 Provincials 10&Under Figures 10& Under Duet 11-12 Duet 11-12 Team Novice Figures 10&Under Team 11-12 Figures 11-12 Duet 11-12 Solo
2017 Provincial Qualifier 11-12 Solo 11-12 Duet 11-12 Team Novice Solo 10&Under Duet 10&Under Team 11-12 Solo Novice Figures 13-15 Duet 10&Under Solo 11-12 Figures 13-15 Solo
2017 Provincials 11-12 Figures 11-12 Solo 11-12 Duet 11-12 Team 10&Under Duet 10&Under Team 11-12 Solo Novice Figures Novice Solo 13-15 Duet 10&Under Solo 11-12 Figures 11-12 Solo Novice Figures
2016 Provincial Qualifier 10&Under Team 11-12 Solo Novice Team 13-15 Team 11-12 Figures 11-12 Team 13-15 Solo 10&Under Figures 10&Under Solo 10&Under Duet 11-12 Duet
2016 Provincials 10&Under Figures 10&Under Team 11-12 Figures 11-12 Solo Novice Team 13-15 Team 10&Under Solo 10&Under Duet 11-12 Duet 11-12 Team 13-15 Solo
2015 Provincial Qualifier 10&under figures 10&Under Duet 11-12 Duet 13-15 Duet 13-15 Team 10&Under figures 11-12 figures 11-12 Solo 11-12 Team Novice Solo 13-15 Figures 13-15 Solo 11-12 Duet 13-15 Figures 13-15 Solo
2015 Provincials 10&Under figures 10&Under Duet 11-12 Solo 11-12 Figures 11-12 Team 13-15 Figures 13-15 Solo 10&Under figures 11-12 Duet Novice Figures 13-15 Solo 13-15 Duet
11-12 Duet Novice Solo 13-15 Duet 13-15 Team

3) National team Athletes

Year 13-15 Junior Senior & Next Gen
2018 Jaimie Czarkowski Teah Hoffman Paige Hopper Cassandra Winkelaar Claudi Holzner Halle Pratt Erica Slavin Kali Wong
2017 Jamie Czarkowski Teah Hoffman Natalie Greenfield Kelsey Ayers Julia Hansen Paige Hopper Adora Kruger Cassandra Winkelaar Halle Pratt Gabrielle Brisson Claudia Holzner Kali Wong
2016 Teah Hoffman Paige Hopper Halle Pratt Cassandra Winkelaar Gabrielle Brisson Sandy Gill Claudia Holzner Kali Wong
2015 Paige Hopper Adora Kruger Signa Lauf Cassandra Winkelaar Jade Kasprick Halle Pratt Gabrielle Brisson Sandy Gill Claudia Holzner

4) Olympic Athletes

Year Location Athletes
2004 Athens, Greece Erin Chan Shayna Nackoney
2000 Sydney, Australia Erin Chan Reidum Tatham
1996 Atlanta, USA Karen Clark Karen Fonteyne Cari Read
1988 Seoul, Korea Michelle Cameron
1984 Los Angeles, USA Sharon Hambrook Kelly Kryczka

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