© Herald Photo by Dave Leaderhouse
It is an exciting time for the Prince Albert Pikes Synchronized Swim Club as the relatively new organization competes in its first major championship next week at the Saskatchewan Winter Games. Having been formed just 18 months ago, the members have been training feverishly in preparation for this maiden competition and the excitement was evident as they attended the Lakeland District pep rally on Sunday. Synchronized swimming will be staged during the first half of the Games with competitions being held Monday to Wednesday at the Marion Aquatics facility. Shown in the photo are the members of the Pikes shortly after they were presented with their team uniforms at the rally. Front row, from left, Adriena Bates, Nicole Penner and Jamie Fremont. Back row, from left, Connie Lam (coach), Chloe Lysitza, Lexus Neil and Jennifer Gerrond (coach).
Timing is everything in synchronized swimming.
For the Prince Albert Pikes Synchronized Swim Club the timing couldn’t be better.
The Pikes have only been together for about 18 months, but next week they will be on one of the biggest stages when they compete in their first event, the 2014 Saskatchewan Winter Games.
“In order for Saskatchewan to compete at the Western Canada Games, every district in the province has to be represented in the sport,” explained Pikes’ president Rhonda Michaels at the Lakeland District pep rally on Sunday. “Synchro Saskatchewan came here about one and half years ago so we are a very new team; very developmental.”
A membership drive attracted just six members and those six have attended a developmental camp in Moose Jaw and have also been training twice a week – Thursdays doing dry-land training and Saturdays working on their routine in the pool at Marion Aquatics or the Frank Dunn Pool.
There lies one problem for the new group – pool availability. Michaels says that the Prince Albert Sharks Swim Club has been a big help in getting them some time in the pool as has Marion Aquatics. Without there support she isn’t sure how far the group would have progressed.
Getting their feet wet, so to speak, in a competitive environment is only going to benefit the Pikes and head coach Jennifer Gerrond says they are thrilled to be part of the Lakeland District team competing at the Winter Games.
“We just want the girls to have fun,” says Gerrond. “We’ve worked very hard and we want to show (everyone) the hard work that we have done this year.”
Having the club out in public could also benefit the group in the long run as people watching the sport might find it as something they might want to do in the future.
The Pikes will be in action during the first half of the Winter Games (Monday to Wednesday) at the Marion Aquatics and anyone interested in taking up the sport is urged to contact Michaels at 306-960-3662. More information on the sport is also available by going to the Synchro Saskatchewan website.