Synchro swimmers put on show at Yukon championships

The Yukon Synchronized Swimming Championships is an important stepping stone to bigger Outside competitions. It provides swimmers, who often can’t compete outside the Yukon, a chance to experience competition and show their stuff.

The Yukon Synchronized Swimming Championships is an important stepping stone to bigger Outside competitions.

It provides swimmers, who often can’t compete outside the Yukon, a chance to experience competition and show their stuff.

“It’s a challenge up here with there being just one pool – trying to get pool time – and the cost of the sport,” said Synchro Yukon president Shannon Duke.

“Some of our younger swimmers want to go out and compete, but there aren’t competitions for solos and duets … that makes the Yukon championships really important for them.”

A total of 11 swimmers took to the water for the championships, hosted by Synchro Yukon and the Northern Novas, on Sunday at the Canada Games Centre.

The championships provided two Yukoners a chance to perform before a pair of Outside competitions, including one at the national level.

Northern Novas Jamie Duke and Katelyn Vowk are heading to the Canadian Open Synchronized Swimming Championships in Saskatoon, Sask., this spring.

“We haven’t had any swimmers go to nationals in a while,” said Shannon.

In addition to providing experience to swimmers, the championships did the same for officials.

FINA – Federation Internationale de Natation or International Swimming Federation – the governing body of water sports, has issued new competition guidelines. The championship was the first in the Yukon since FINA made the changes.

“What’s new this year is FINA has all new figures and judging for synchronized swimming, so it takes a minimum of nine judges to judge the competitions now,” said Shannon. “So we spent the weekend doing a judges training course.

“The way synchronized swimming is judged or marked is changing this year. This was the first competition we’ve had with those judging rules.”

Contact Tom Patrick at

tomp@yukon-news.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley gives a COVID-19 update during a press conference in Whitehorse on May 26. The Yukon government announced two new cases of COVID-19 in the territory with a press release on Oct. 19. (Alistair Maitland Photography)
Two new cases of COVID-19 announced in Yukon

Contact tracing is complete and YG says there is no increased risk to the public

Yukon Energy in Whitehorse on April 8. Yukon Energy faced a potential “critical” fuel shortage in January due to an avalanche blocking a shipping route from Skagway to the Yukon, according to an email obtained by the Yukon Party and questioned in the legislature on Oct. 14. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Yukon Energy faced ‘critical’ fuel shortage last January due to avalanche

An email obtained by the Yukon Party showed energy officials were concerned

Jeanie McLean (formerly Dendys), the minister responsible for the Women’s Directorate speaks during legislative assembly in Whitehorse on Nov. 27, 2017. “Our government is proud to be supporting Yukon’s grassroots organizations and First Nation governments in this critical work,” said McLean of the $175,000 from the Yukon government awarded to four community-based projects aimed at preventing violence against Indigenous women. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Yukon government gives $175k to projects aimed at preventing violence against Indigenous women

Four projects were supported via the Prevention of Violence against Aboriginal Women Fund

Yukonomist Keith Halliday
Yukonomist: You don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone

When I was a kid, CP Air had a monopoly on flights… Continue reading

asdf
EDITORIAL: Don’t let the City of Whitehorse distract you

A little over two weeks after Whitehorse city council voted to give… Continue reading

Whitehorse City Hall. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
City hall, briefly

A look at decisions made by Whitehorse city council this week

Northwestel has released the proposed prices for its unlimited plans. Unlimited internet in Whitehorse and Carcross could cost users between $160.95 and $249.95 per month depending on their choice of package. (Yukon News file)
Unlimited internet options outlined

Will require CRTC approval before Northwestel makes them available

Legislative assembly on the last day of the fall sitting in Whitehorse. Yukon’s territorial government will sit for 45 days this sitting instead of 30 days to make up for lost time caused by COVID-19 in the spring. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Legislative assembly sitting extended

Yukon’s territorial government will sit for 45 days this sitting. The extension… Continue reading

asdf
Today’s mailbox: Mad about MAD

Letters to the editor published Oct. 16, 2020

Alkan Air hangar in Whitehorse. Alkan Air has filed its response to a lawsuit over a 2019 plane crash that killed a Vancouver geologist on board, denying that there was any negligence on its part or the pilot’s. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Alkan Air responds to lawsuit over 2019 crash denying negligence, liability

Airline filed statement of defence Oct. 7 to lawsuit by spouse of geologist killed in crash

Whitehorse city council members voted Oct. 13 to decline an increase to their base salaries that was set to be made on Jan. 1. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Council declines increased wages for 2021

Members will not have wages adjusted for CPI

A vehicle is seen along Mount Sima Road in Whitehorse on May 12. At its Oct. 13 meeting, Whitehorse city council approved the third reading for two separate bylaws that will allow the land sale and transfer agreements of city-owned land — a 127-square-metre piece next to 75 Ortona Ave. and 1.02 hectares of property behind three lots on Mount Sima Road. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Whitehorse properties could soon expand

Land sale agreements approved by council

Most Read