For the third consecutive year, the B.C. Aquasonics have been honoured as one of the top synchronized swim clubs in the country.
Synchro Canada released its 2012 Club Excellence Program awards Friday and the Surrey and Coquitlam-based Aquasonics earned its third-straight gold medal award.
"This is a huge award for us and it shows the hard work we've been doing as a club," said Aquasonics president Shannon Higgins. "This is the only set of standards that has been created to run a successful club and it involves people at all levels. The Club Excellence Program is very hard to attain and it involves a lot of work."
The Aquasonics received a boost in funding of $1,500 with the award.
Higgins said the Club Excellence Program is a detailed approach to building up all aspects of a club. In addition to coaching and success in competition, the program also takes into account such things as certification and contracts for coaches; recognized programs of development in place; extra coaching provided for flexibility, core strength and conditioning; mentoring coaches and athletes; as well as a club's ability to attract new athletes to the sport.
She added the Aquasonics currently have two members - Emilia Kopcik and Sandy Gill - competing with the national team as well as highly respected international coach Susan Kemper heading the club's coaching staff.
This year, Synchro Canada distributed a total of $18,000 in grants for the Club Excellence Program.
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