Member Resources for ATHLETES

Athlete Assistance Program


The Synchro BC Athlete Assistance Program (AAP) is an athlete-centred program of financial assistance funded by the Province of British Columbia through the Sport Branch of the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development and administered through ViaSport British Columbia.


The intent of Synchro BC’s Athlete Assistance Program (AAP) is to:

  • Provide support to BC high performance athletes striving to represent the Province and Canada in athletic competition.
  • Relieve some of the pressures associated with training and competition needs association with participation in national and international sport.

The targeted athletes for this program are:

  • Those in the position to compete for Team BC
  • Those who are ranked just below the cut-off to receive Sport Canada Athlete Assistance Program funding (S1/S2 carding levels)
    Please note: athletes in receipt of Sport Canada funding may be eligible for BC AAP funding.

Provincial Guidelines, Policies and Procedures

The Synchro BC AAP guidelines outline the selection and eligibility of BC athletes. The AAP guidelines are subject to change and are determined by the most recent guidelines approved by the Synchro BC Board of Directors received.
Funding given in the current year is based on AAP results from the previous season and dependent on the budget received from the government of BC; which can change from season to season.


For a list of current and past recipients, please check the Athlete Assistance Program Recipients page.


2017-18 Synchro BC Athletes Assistance Program (approved September 25, 2017)

The BC Athlete Assistance program is funded by the Provincial Government and administered by
viaSport British Columbia in support of BC athletes reaching their athletic goals.

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia
through the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.

Towards Excellence Program

The “Towards Excellence Program” is the high performance program of Synchro BC through the Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch and serves those identified athletes (12 and older) who aspire to represent British Columbia at national competitions, and possibly be selected to compete for Canada. The “Towards Excellence Program” is referred to as the “national stream” of programming activity in Synchro BC and includes the “Train to Compete” stage of the Synchro Canada Sport for Life and Athlete Development Models. Synchro BC has been delivering a high performance program since 1992.

The athletes work within their “national stream clubs” and are brought together for training camps and identification camps delivered by Synchro BC throughout the year.

The program goal is to identify talented athletes and provide them with the support, resources and opportunities that they need to progress through the high performance system.

The “Towards Excellence Program” has demonstrated impressive results since its development with multiple athletes placed on Synchro Canada’s National Teams at the 13 – 15 year age group, Junior, Senior B and Senior A team levels.

Synchro BC also has coaches from BC working with National Teams, and BC-based Officials being named to National Championships and International events. This program provides the avenue to bring that level of experience back to the province is a significant benefit for all involved in the sport as these leaders share their experiences and learnings.

For more information on the Towards Excellence Program, please contact our Executive Director by email or phone (604-333-3642).

Synchro BC gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Province of
British Columbia through the Ministry of Community, Sport and Development.

Talent Identification Program

The purpose of the Synchro BC’s High Performance Program is to identify and train BC’s athletes with the greatest potential to be members of Synchro Canada’s National Teams.

Under the High Performance umbrella of sport there is no higher achievement than the National Team. By fostering programs that have the ability to place athletes onto the National Team we will ultimately be strengthening our Provincial Team, national stream clubs, and coaches while improving our provincial results in all competitive events.


Registration deadline is October 14, 2017

2017-18 TID/CWG -Athlete Selection Criteria – v1 (approved September 25, 2017)


Key Strategy

Synchro BC’s Talent Identification (TID) Program will provide a sport academy environment geared towards training athletes with the common purpose of improving their individual skills in the sport of synchronized swimming. In 2017-18 and 2018-19, a Provincial Team will be formed from within the pool of TID athletes. The Provincial Team will enter into appropriate competitions, in particular, the Canada Winter Games. Additional program objectives include:

  • incorporating the TID Integrated Support Team (IST) to work with the personal coaches of the TID Athletes;
  • including the personal coaches in camps to deliver their personal expertise to TID Athletes; and,
  • building excellent working relationships between our High Performance Director, TID Coaching Team, and the personal coaches of the TID Athletes through mentorship and High Performance club visits.

 2017-18 TID Coaching Team

Tara Gant

Olena Foshchevska

Tina Naveri

Rosilyn Tegart

 TID Program Goals

PHSSC (Positive, Healthy, Strong, Successful Champions)

  • Encourage POSITIVE lifelong relationships
  • Develop athletes with a HEALTHY mind/body relationship
  • Building STRONG athletes
  • Develop the physical and mental capacity to achieve SUCCESSFUL lifelong health and wellness



The 2017-18 season is paramount as we will be launching several new programs and criteria for the TID Top 30 Program and the selection of our 2019 Canada Winter Games Team.

To be eligible for the 2019 Canada Winter Games Team athletes must be selected and participate in the 2017-18 TID Program as the 2019 CWG Trials process will be incorporated into the TID Program. In addition, we will be transitioning into FINA’s new technical changes for the 2017-2021 Quadrennial.

Resource: 2017-18 TID/CWG -Athlete Selection Criteria – v1 (approved September 25, 2017)

1. TID Program – Athlete Selection: TID Program Trials will identify the Top 30 athletes in BC to participate in the 2017-18 TID Program.

2. Select the 2019 Canada Winter Games Team Short List – Top 16*: The CWG Head Coach will be named from within the 2017-18 TID Coaching Team. The Top 16 BC athletes will be identified as the Short List for the 2019 Canada Winter Games Team.

* See CWG eligibility below.

3. Training Program – Individualized – Personal Coaches & Club Development: Individualized training programs will be established for all TID Athletes. Personal coaches will be engaged in the development of the individualized training programs and invited to participate in TID camps. Private training opportunities will be available to TID Athletes based on a program determined in collaboration with their respective personal coaches.

4. Training Camps: A series of five training camps will provide opportunities for TID Athletes to improve their individual skills and abilities by training with the TID Coaching Team and accessing IST Team support.

5. Apprenticeship Program: The TID Program will include a coach mentorship program for the TID Coaching Team and personal club coaches who participate as guest coaches during individual camps.

6. National Team Trials Support: Upon request, the High Performance Director will provide support to TID Athletes participating in National Team Trials.

Program Calendar

Train to Train Program

For full program information, please download the 2017-2018 Synchro BC Meet Schedule.

The registration deadline for the 2017-2018 season has been extended to October 14, 2017.


Program Objectives

The overall objectives of the Sport Development Program are:

  • To align Synchro BC Programs with the Long Term Athlete Development program to increase skill level, physical literacy and fitness of athletes while building a foundation of synchronized swimming
  • To create a clear pathway to excellence while providing athletes with opportunities that will enhance their confidence and skills
  • To increase the accessibility, participation, health and wellbeing of athletes through the sport of synchronized swimming in all BC Summer Games Zones
  • To provide likeminded athletes with equal additional training opportunities, outside of existing scheduled club practices to enhance and strengthen basic skills
  • To enhance coach education and collaboration throughout the province where excellence can be achieved together
  • To offer camps combined with our Talent Identification Program Camps (current existing program for AG13-15, Junior & Senior athletes) which will provide athletes with older athlete mentors and will help encourage and excite them for their future in synchronized swimming. This will also sustain both programs by sharing facility fees


Program Goals

PHSSC (Positive, Healthy, Strong, Successful Champions):

  • Encourage POSITIVE lifelong relationships
  • Develop athletes with HEALTHY mind/body relationship
  • Building STRONG athletes
  • Develop the physical and mental capacity to achieve SUCCESSFUL lifelong health and wellness
  • Building CHAMPIONS for life


Athlete Eligibility

All athlete who are aged 10-13 are eligible to try-out.


Lead Coach



Assistant Coaches





2017-2018 Season Schedule

The tentative dates for the 2017-2018 Train to Train Program are as follows (camps are aligned with the TID Program):

  • Sunday October 22, 2017- 12pm – 4pm IST Testing CG Brown Pool, Burnaby
  • Sunday November 12, 2017 – 10am – 2pm Surrey Sport and Leisure Complex
  • Sunday December 3, 2017 – 7am-12:30pm City Centre Aquatic Complex
  • January – May 2018 – Private Lesson Training
  • April 2018 – Extra Routine Selection for SYNC 2018 (during Mabel Moran)
  • July 2018 – SYNC 2018 (Etobicoke, ON)
  • June/July 2018 – Wrap Up Camp
  • July/August 2018 – Program Evaluation

If you have any questions about the program, please contact the Sport Development Director directly.

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia
through the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.

External Sport Credits (for High School Course Credit)


The External Sport Credentials Program (ESCP) gives students the opportunity to earn graduation credits for approved levels of competition as an athlete, coach and/or official.

Students can obtain External Sport Credits in these categories:

  • Athlete (grades 10, 11, 12)
  • Coach (grades 11, 12)
  • Official (grades 10, 11, 12)

The Ministry of Education is responsible for the External Credentials program and the Sport Credits Portion of this program is administered and monitored by the Sport Branch of the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.

To see which sports are involved in the program, eligibility standards and for more visit the Ministry of Education’s External Credentials Sport Program website.



  • Students do not have to be in a specific grade to receive that grade’s credit. For example, a grade 10 student who is competing on a provincial team going to a national championship will receive credit for Athlete 12. Likewise, a grade 11 student who competed in the BC Games while he/she was in grade seven will receive credit for Athlete 10.
  • Students who have participated in approved programs before they reach grade 10 can receive credit for their past participation by obtaining written documentation to verify their participation.
  • Once a student has received credit for a particular level within the athlete, official or coach categories, he or she cannot receive additional credits for duplicate participation.


How to Earn Credits

  • Check to see if your sport program is approved to receive credit in the External Sport Credentials Program.
  • Obtain written documentation from Synchro BC:
    • Athlete Category programs – provincial or national sport organization.
    • Official Category programs – provincial sport organization.
    • Coach Category programs – you will need to submit the required documentation to the Sport Branch of the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. The documentation will be reviewed and if all requirements are met a verification letter will be issued to the student coach. Contact: Milena Gaiga, or 250-356-5183.
  • Provide the documentation to your school counselor (we recommend that you maintain a copy for your records).


Eligible Credits

Athlete 10
4 Credits
Athlete 11
Athlete 12
4 Credits
– BC Summer Games Team – Athlete Assistance Program
– Canadian National Qualifier
– Espoir National Championships
– Canadian Open Championships


Contact Synchro BC

To get verification and documentation letters for your guidance counselor please contact our Executive Director by email or phone (604-333-3642).


Athlete Hardship Bursary Award

From time to time families of athletes experience financial strains and pressures that may impact an athlete’s ability to participate in important sport development events and activities. The Athlete Hardship Bursary is a confidential bursary award provided to athletes, whose families have a demonstrated financial need, and are unable to cover the costs of sport development activities outside of the everyday training. Examples of activities that this bursary may support include: attendance to National Championships, clinics, training camps, etc.
A maximum of $1000.00 per athlete per year may be allocated. Up to $4000.00 per season may be available, pending available funding.

Please download the full Athlete Hardship Bursary Award description for more details.


Charlotte Tutte Memorial Bursary Award

The Charlotte Tutte Memorial Bursary is an annual monetary award of $200 per season, to support first year junior athletes who are demonstrating continued growth in their Synchronized swimming career. This bursary is subject to available funds.

Charlotte Tutte was a coach who loved the sport of synchronized swimming and enjoyed working with developing young athletes. This is a memorial bursary created in her memory. Charlotte Tutte past away from Breast Cancer in her early 40th.

Please download the full Charlotte Tutte Memorial Bursary Award description for more details.


Coaching Bursary Award

The purpose of the Professional Development Coaching Bursary is to assist coaches who are interested in upgrading their technical expertise and/or experience. This Bursary may be utilized to attend an in-province, out-of-province or out-of-country coaching seminar or conference, attend major or domestic competition, other professional development opportunities or consult with a recognized sport expert. Subject to funding availability,
up to six – $500 Professional Development Bursaries will be offered annually.

Please download the full Coaching Bursary Award description for more details.


Donalda Smith Bursary Award

The Donalda Smith Excellence Bursary Award is an annual monetary award of $300 per season, which was established in Donalda’s memory. Donalda was very much a part of Synchro Canada’s grassroots. She began in the mid 50’s in Vancouver as a fundraiser for her daughter’s member club and became a Canadian judge and eventually served as an International technical chairperson and assisted in updating the FINA manual. Donalda Smith was the President of Synchro BC in 1980. The purpose of this award is to recognize excellence on the part of an athlete and her coach.

Please download the full Donalda Smith Bursary Award description for more details.


National Team Athlete Bursary Award

The purpose of the National Team Athlete Bursary is to financially assist High Performance athletes

  • who are trying out for a National Team
  • selected to the AG 13-15 and Junior National Teams
  • and who are interested in continuing to progress in their synchronized swimming career.

The Bursary will offer financial assistance and support athletes to participate in out-of-province camps, training, conferences and major or domestic competitions. Pending funding availability, up to four (4)- $1000 bursaries will be offered annually. National team tryout fees will also be paid for all athletes attending team selections. Additional athlete bursaries may also be considered based on available funding and subject to the discretion of the Board of Directors.

Please download the full National Team Athlete Bursary Award description for more details.


Officials Bursary Award

The purpose of the Professional Development Officials Bursary is to assist officials who are interested in opportunities to upgrade their experience, education and/or certification level. The Bursary allows an official to participate in an in-province, out-of-province or out-of-country seminar or conference, attend domestic or major competition, professional development or consult with a recognized sport expert. Pending available funding, up to six (6)- $500 Professional Development Bursaries will be offered annually.

Please download the full Official Bursary Award description for more details.


ViaSport Bursary

Tara Gant has been the Victoria Synchro head coach since 2002 and has also worked with Synchro BC as a regional and provincial coach in the past. Tara completed her Human Kinetics and Education degrees at UBC, was on the varsity rowing team for five years, and is an NCCP Level 3 synchronized swimming coach.

Outside of Synchro, Tara works as an Educational Assistant and has worked with St George’s Summer School for 10 years as a coordinator, teacher and day camp leader. Tara’s favourite time of year is summer when she can go boating and spend time on the lake in Kelowna. Tara also spends time with her three boys who are in various sport activities.


Olena Foshchevska came to Canada from the Ukraine in 2000 and speaks English and Russian, fluently! She is currently the Assistant Head Coach with the Victoria Synchro Club, and was previously the Head Coach with the Kamloops Sunrays. Olena has been coaching since 2003 and has achieved an NCCP Level 3 synchronized swimming coach designation.

When Olena is not at the pool, she likes to go camping and enjoys decorating synchro suits with crystals.

Tina Naveri has over thirty years’ experience swimming and coaching with various synchronized swimming clubs. Tina is currently the Head Coach of the Kamloops Sunrays Synchronized Swim Club and has achieved her Competition Development NCCP certification. She is also a member of Synchro BC's High Performance and Adaptive Synchro Committees.

Outside of Synchro, Tina is a mom of a 2.5 year old daughter and together they enjoy exploring the beautiful interior of BC.

Rosilyn Tegart has been coaching synchronized swimming since 2013, and currently coaches with Pacific Wave Synchro. Rosilyn received her bachelor of Science in Biology with honors in Texas.