Synchro swimmers make splash with show

The Northern Novas made waves at their Annual Spring Water Show at the Canada Games Centre on Sunday.

The Northern Novas made waves at their Annual Spring Water Show at the Canada Games Centre on Sunday.

The event, hosted by Synchro Yukon, included a duet, a trio and a quartet and four solo performances by Yukon’s only synchronized swimming club.

“It went really well; it was a really good water show,” said Synchro Yukon president Shannon Duke. “Part of the challenge with synchro in the Yukon is we have one indoor pool in the entire territory. So to grow the sport is always a challenge, both because you have to have qualified, skilled coaches, and also (securing) the pool time. We have five coaches right now that we’re trying to develop.

“Getting some of the younger swimmers in is key to keeping the club going.”

The hour-long show featured seven performances to music by the club’s competitive and recreational swimmers.

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Three of the club’s competitive swimmers – Olivia Duncan, Jane Robinson-Boivin and Catherine Seal – each gave solo performances as they prepared for the MASY competition this weekend in Calgary.

A significantly large event, MASY is an acronym for Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Yukon, each of which will enter swim teams.

Closing out the show was Whitehorse’s Taylor Hanna with a solo performance.

Hanna, who just returned to town from university, represented the Yukon at the 2011 Canada Winter Games in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in the duet competition. She and partner Simone Kitchen jumped up 10 spots in the final event to finish 10th overall.

The Northern Novas, who have about a dozen current swimmers, are starting their fall sessions in November. For more information, contact Shannon Duke at s_duke@northwestel.net.

Contact Tom Patrick at

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