We provide superior programs and expertise in the sport of Artistic (Synchronized) Swimming; developing well-rounded, confident individuals to achieve their full potential.
We encourage the fostering of positive, personal relationships in an enjoyable atmosphere.
We believe in the continuous development of our athletes, coaches, club and sport
We expect all individuals to be considerate, value each other’s perspectives and demonstrate good sportsmanship.
We believe through dedication to each other, to the club and to the sport, we will achieve our goals.
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’.
Calgary Aquabelles founded by Mary Ann Reeves
Debbie Humphrey wins first AQB national medal.
Ken Newans writes about AQB and synchro on the sports page, a move from the women’s page
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!
Senior and Junior Team hold simultaneous National Team Medals. Repeated 3 times (not repeated by any other club to date)
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
Debbie Muir named Head Coach
AQB’s Cowboy routine beats the USA In Team for the first time ever during the Pan Pacifics
Synchro joined the Olympics
Aquabelles win silver in solo and duet the first time Synchro is in the Olympics (Carolyn Waldo, Kelly Kryczka and Sharon Hambrook
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
Another sweep (Solo/Duet/Team) at FINA World Junior Synchronized Swimming Championships in Bonn Germany
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
Canadian Team (including Aquabelle Sarah Alexander & Erin Chan) win Bronze at World Aquatic Championships in Fukuoka, Japan
Beijing Olympics Team places 4th with Aquabelle’s Jennifer Song and Alison McKenny
unior UANA – Gold in figures, solo, duet, team with Aquabelle Gabriella Brisson (duet), Claudia Holzner (duet) and Kaylene Scheil with Head Coach Jenn Tregale
Mary Ann Reeves recognized by ISOF (International Swimming Hall of Fame) with Paragon Award for Leadership in Synchronized Swimming
Junior UANA – Gold in figures, solo, duet and team with Aquabelle’s Jayd Kasprick, Halle Pratt (solo & duet) with Jenn Tregale Head Coach
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
Calgary Aquabelle’s 50th Anniversary
CALGARY AQUABELLES – ACCOMPLISHEMENT SUMMARY
1) Accomplishments – National Stream (2015 – 2018)
|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)
|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
|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|
From soccer player, to student, to national team athlete, to cook – no title has ever been quite as important to me as that of Aquabelles swimmer. I attribute so much of my success in Synchro and beyond to being surrounded by powerful female role models during my most formative years.
My five years of training with the Calgary Aquabelles gave me world-class coaching and incredibly talented teammates to learn with and be inspired by. The caliber of the organization helped shape me as an athlete and allowed me to achieve goals such as winning National titles and competing internationally on National Teams. Beyond this however, being a member of the Aquabelles gave me the opportunity to develop habits of diligence, hard work, leadership, communication, and the continual strive for excellence. These skills gave me a foundation as a well-rounded athlete to pursue higher education and a career as a student athlete at Stanford University.
Calgary Aquabelles shaped the person I am today. It is through my experiences with the Aquabelles that I developed many of the key skills that are at the heart of my personal and professional success. As a former Aquabelles swimmer, the program and the coaches gave me the tools to tackle challenges head on, persevere when times get tough, push beyond my self-imposed limits, be a good teammate and friend, win and lose graciously, and effectively juggle the demands of life, work and family. As a former Aquabelles coach, I learned how to build a team, how to inspire and motivate others, and how to help my swimmers recognize and realize their potential. Now, as a parent of a current Calgary Aquabelles swimmer, I am thrilled to watch my daughter learn and apply these same life skills as she navigates her way through her teenage years.
The Aquabelles gave Nevada the opportunity to excel at the sport she loved! Because of her fantastic experience with the Aquabelles she was able to secure a synchronized swimming scholarship to a NCAA Division 1 University where she has been able to compete for the last 4 years. Perhaps most importantly, Nevada developed life-long friendships from her time with the Aquabelles. The Calgary Aquabelles, in a very meaningful way, assisted Nevada in becoming a highly confident and competent person, excelling not only in the sport she loves but socially and academically.
Sport can teach many things to children and youth as they mature. As a member of The Calgary Aquabelles, our daughter became more than just a competitive athlete. The skills she developed both in and out of the pool served her tremendously as she grew into a very successful young woman. She learned to compete for excellence. She learned time management as she balanced the rigors of training with a challenging academic commitment. She learned respect – for coaches, officials, chaperones, teammates and fellow competitors. She learned the value of hard work, perseverance, cooperation and teamwork and she learned how to win or lose with dignity.
My daughter, Emily, attended an AQB camp when she was 7 and she begged us to let her go into the 10 and under program. 14 years later, Emily retired from Synchro. There were certainly lots of ups and downs, victories, disappointments, laughs and tears during her swimming career, but overall, I feel that Synchro shaped Emily into the positive and confident young lady she is today. She swam with many of the same girls for years and that can be a challenge for teenage girls. However, Synchro is the ultimate team sport as the goal is perfection together as a group of 8. The Aquabelles taught her the value of being on a team. A life skill which is invaluable. Oh – and she also learned how to swim!