The Repsol Center in Calgary hosted young artistic swimmers from across the country for this years Canada Winter Games. Photo courtesy of artisticswimming.ca.
The Canada Winter Games is currently taking place in Red Deer, Alta., highlighting the next generation of athletes that will represent Canada on the national and international stages of sport. While some sports are still competing, the artistic swimming (formerly synchronized swimming) competition has wrapped up. The games include athletes between 15 and 22 years of age, and occurs every four years. Only PEI, Nunavut, and the Northwest Territories did not field swimmers in this year’s event.
Solo, duet and team routines were contested, and in all events, Alberta reigned supreme. The duet team of 15-year old Jaime Czarkowski and 16-year old Teah Hoffmann earned 80.7 points in the free routine, gaining a one point lead over the pair of Mikelle Gauthier and Audrey Veilleux from Quebec. The technical routines were very close, with Alberta winning the advantage by only 0.3 of a point. The total score for the Alberta pair was 157.0731 to Quebec’s 155.8312.
In the solo routine, Czarkowski again earned top spot on the podium, only 0.333 ahead of familiar Quebec competitor, Gauthier.
The final event saw team of ten from each province compete in both free and technical routines. The Alberta team gained a lead of more than a point over the field after the technical routine and held on to the advantage after the free. Quebec placed second, followed by Ontario. The Alberta team is fairly young, ranging in age from 15-18, which means the futures are bright for these young athletes.
The Alberta team, the Aquabelles, train out of the Repsol Centre in Calgary. The program is widely known as a program where many of the athletes advance onto the National team.
See full results HERE.