The British Columbia Amateur Synchronized Swimming Association (Synchro BC) is the governing body for the sport in British Columbia. Synchro BC was registered as a not-for-profit organization in 1980 however it has been an organized sport in BC since 1952. Synchro BC governs the sport of Synchronized Swimming in our province, providing opportunities for athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers. Our programs include a wide range of participation, recreational and competitive levels to participants of all ages, genders, and skill levels.
Synchro BC is a not-for-profit society with a volunteer Board of Directors. Our various committees are all volunteer-based. Synchro BC provides a small, in office, staff to conduct the day-to-day business of the organization.
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Synchro BC’s membership includes a variety of member clubs that deliver synchronized swimming programming.
Vice President – Rhonda Vanderfluit
Director of Finance – Carol Stewart (Acting)
Director at Large – Elise Cantner
Director at Large & Officials Committee Chair – Lisa Balcombe
Director at Large – Sonja Dickinson
Director at Large – Susan Kemper
Director at Large – vacant
Director at Large – vacant
The following Board of Directors meeting minutes are now available to the membership.
Executive & Finance Committee
Governance & Nominations Committee
Coaching Development Committee
High Performance Committee
Sport Development Committee
Adaptive Synchro Committee
2018 Espoir/World Series Local Organizing Committee
For more information about the committees, please contact the Executive Director by email or phone (604-333-3642).
1. The name of the Society is the BRITISH COLUMBIA AMATEUR SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING ASSOCIATION, also known as SYNCHRO BC
2. The purpose of the Society are to:
a. Promote, teach, foster, encourage and improve Synchronized Swimming in British Columbia.
b. Regulate Amateur Synchronized Swimming in British Columbia and to deal with any infringement thereof.
c. Establish and maintain standards of certification of coaches and officials.
d. Stimulate public opinion in favour of providing proper accommodation, adequate facilities and trained instructors for teach and developing
synchronized Swimming in British Columbia.
e. To raise money to fulfill the purposes of the association.
3. Not For Profit
The purposes of the Association shall be carried out without gain or profit to its members and any profits or other accretions to the Association shall be used in promoting its purposes, and this is unalterable.
In the event that the Association should at any time be wound up or dissolved, the remaining assets after payment of all debts and liabilities shall, within one year, be turned over to another organization or organizations promoting the same purposes as the Association or to a recognized charitable organization in the Province of British Columbia or elsewhere in Canada or elsewhere in Canada as directed by the members, and this is unalterable.
5. Paragraphs 3,4,5, of this Constitution are unalterable in accordance with the Society Act.
The Bylaws are now available for download (last update: November 2014).
If you have any questions regarding the Synchro BC’s Constitution or Bylaws, do not hesitate to contact our Executive Director by email or by phone (604-333-3642).
Synchro BC commits to emails being responded to within 48hours.
|Executive Director (Interim)
|Jennifer Keith||Phone: 604-333-3642|
|High Performance Director
||Susan Kemper||Phone: 604-333-3640|
|Sport Development Director
||Tanya Magee||Phone: 604-333-3640|
||Renate White||Phone: 604-333-3640|
||Amanda Nichol||Phone: 604-333-3640|
Synchronized swimming grew as a sport from ornamental swimming and theatrical water ballets of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. In the early days, male swimmers performed round-dances in the water as a swimming art form, decorated with garlands or Chinese lanterns. In 1891, the Royal Life Saving Society of Great Britain (RLSS) published a handbook for swimmers encouraging “ornamental swimming” or “scientific swimming”.
For the full Origins of Synchronized Swimming, please visit the FINA website.
1981 marked the date of the first true Canadian National Team.
In 1983, the Canadian National Team won gold for the Team and Duet competitions and silver in the Solo event at an international competition in Ecuador.
Synchro was recognized as an Olympic sport in 1984 and Canada won silver medals in both the Solo and Duet events.
In 1985, Canada struck gold in all events at the FINA Cup in Indianapolis, USA.
In 1986, synchronized swimming competed in the Commonwealth Games for the first time.
In Seoul Korea Olympics in 1988, Canada won gold medals in both the Solo and Duet events.
Synchronized Swimming in British Columbia has been organized since 1952. The British Columbia Amateur Synchronized Swimming Association was formed under the BC Society Act in December 1980. Since that time BC synchronized swimmers have represented our province and Canada nationally and internationally with regularity.
Now commonly called Synchro BC, the not-for-profit association governs the sport in our province, providing opportunities and services for athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers.
Please find below Synchro BC approved policies in alphabetical order.
Accident and Injury
Canadian Sport For Life (CS4L) and Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) Plan
Code of Conduct & Ethics
“The federal government in partnership with Parachute Canada, a national injury prevention organization, have developed a new set of guidelines they hope will create the foundation for a more consistent approach to dealing with concussions in athletes.”
Conflict of Interest
Dispute and Conflict Resolution
Equity and Access
Member Registration & Transfer
Workplace Bullying & Harassment
If you have any questions regarding the Synchro BC policies listed above, do not hesitate to contact our Executive Director by email or by phone (604-333-3642).
The Synchronized Swimming Association of British Columbia, doing business as Synchro BC, is the governing body for the sport in British Columbia. In 2013-14, Synchro BC had 17 Competitive Clubs, 4 Recreational Clubs and 2 University Clubs, representing 1,254 members. Under the leadership of Synchro Canada, Synchro BC joins nine other provincial associations and one territorial association (Yukon) and their member clubs in developing, promoting and delivering programming for over 7,000 participants across the country.
In September 2014, Synchro BC brought together a group of 22 Directors, coaches, officials, club leaders and staff gathered to develop the Synchro BC Strategic Plan for the next 4 year cycle. Delegates brought their own experience and expertise to the planning room, and “heard” from the members through a Member Survey conducted in June 2014.
This Strategic Plan provides the pathway for the sport to continue to grow and progress at the local levels throughout the province, the focus for provincial programming to inspire and enrich competitive and recreational participation and enhance partnerships, and outlines a solid direction for continuously improving performance at the national level.
Please download Synchro BC’s 2014-2019 Strategic Plan for more details. (updated December 1, 2017).
Build, sustain and advance excellence in synchronized swimming at all levels throughout the province.
Synchro BC governs, promotes, develops and delivers synchronized swimming programs and services for participants throughout BC.