Synchro Canada Announces National A Team Coaching Staff

OTTAWA, Canada, January 16. SYNCHRO Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of Denise Sauve to the position of Canadian Synchronized Swimming National A Team Head Coach, based at the Aquatic Centre of Excellence in Montreal. Sauve is joined by Assistant Coaches Nathalie Lagrange and Julie Sauve of Montreal.

A synchro coach and choreographer since 1978, Denise worked as a National A Team Assistant Coach for the past three years, and has held several National B and National Junior Team Assistant Coach positions over the past two decades. She served as Assistant Coach to Sylvie Frechette and Penny and Vicky Vilagos at the Olympic Games in 1992. She is well known as one of Montreal Synchro's Club Coaches and also for her work with Cirque du Soleil. Denise coached Marie-Pier Boudreau-Gagnon to a gold medal in the solo event at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Lagrange remains at the Centre in the position of Assistant Coach to the team. A competitive coach for over ten years, Lagrange has successfully held National A, National B and National Junior Team Assistant Coach positions over the past four years.

Julie Sauve is the new addition to the Centre's coaching team, but is not new to the Olympic coaching scene. Julie coached synchro icon Sylvie Frechette to gold at the 1992 Olympic Games, and coached the 1996 Canadian Olympic Synchro Team to a silver medal finish at the 1996 Olympic Games.

This team of coaches will focus on preparing the team and duet for the Olympic Qualifying competition in Beijing this spring.

Special thanks to Synchro Canada for contributing this report.