Edmonton Aurora coaches work as a team to deliver their strengths to the athletes they coach. Athletes in our competitive programs will receive coaching from many of the coaches listed below during the 2019-2020 Season:
Jennifer (Patterson) Parker was one of the first Aurora Synchro members when the Club started over 30 years ago. Her mother, Loretta Patterson, has always been a synchro competitor (and remains so), and her older sister Lisa was a synchro swimmer too. Under the direction and coaching of then Head Coach Leslie Sproule, Jennifer earned the status of Synchro Canada’s All Canadian Athlete in 1985. While studying for her Bachelor of Science at the U of A, Jennifer obtained many coaching levels and placed several Aurora teams on the Provincial podium. Upon graduating, Jennifer spent a year in Germany performing synchro professionally in Phantasialand. Jennifer went on to win all categories at the 1996 World Masters Games in England.
Like many Aurora Alumni, Jennifer also had a very successful career in the corporate world. Working for Schering-Plough Healthcare Products, Labatt Breweries of Canada, and Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee she excelled in her sales career, managing millions of dollars in product sales in the Alberta marketplace. Jennifer also started several small businesses during her career, including 2 real estate companies, a heavy equipment company, and a plumbing company that she still owns with her husband Paul.
Coming back to Aurora Synchro was the result of her daughter Amy joining the Club. In her role as Head Coach, Jennifer worked quickly to improve a team-oriented atmosphere, respect for the athletes and their parents, and more enjoyment in training. Aurora Synchro has since posted some of its best results in recent history by placing members on the podium at the Provincial and National Levels (read more about Aurora athletes by seeing our NEWS). One of Jennifer’s athletes recently described her by writing “you are very patient and you make hard things fun”. This approach to coaching has helped place athletes on National and Provincial Teams in the past 5 seasons. Her goal as Head Coach is to create a culture of teamwork, respect, and enjoyment of sport. In 2016, Jennifer won the Suzanne Eon Trophy, an award presented by Synchro Canada to a coach that displays all around coaching abilities at the national Jr/Sr level. Jennifer also volunteers her time representing the sport of artistic swimming with the City of Edmonton's Aquatic Users Committee.
Annette is a retired Aurora national stream athlete, and level 3 Competitive Development fully certified coach. Annette has coached for her entire adult life, starting with the Edmonton Auroras, then moving to start the Red Deer Synchro Club, and finally returning back to the Auroras in 2015. Annette has coached many athletes to national/provincial podium results and National/Provincial teams. In the Summer of 2016, Annette was Head Coach of the Puerto Rico Junior National team and returned to coach with the Auroras September 2016.
Veronica is a retired national stream athlete from the Edmonton Auroras, currently attending University of Alberta. In her first season coaching, Veronica's routines placed in the top 3 at Provincial Wildrose competitions. Veronica assists with all levels of Aurora athletes while completing her Level 3 / Competition Development certification. She also swims with the Edmonton Aquamasters!
Vanessa Keenan, also known as The Online Synchro Coach, is an alumni athlete, coach, and Head Coach with the Edmonton Auroras. She obtained her Masters of Arts (specializing in coaching) and Bachelor of Physical Education (with Distinction) from the University of Alberta. Her mentor coaches include past Olympic coaches Sheilagh Croxon (University) and Leslie Sproule(Level 4 coaching certification)
Vanessa is also Certified in the Breath-Hold Safety Program, EasyFlexibility Training Certification, Zaichik Stretching Technique, and Certified Module ONE, Alixa Flexibility. Vanessa lives just north of the city of Edmonton where she and her husband are raising their 3 children.
Melinda is a retired Aurora national stream athlete and one of the original Aurora club members. Melinda returned to Aurora Synchro when her daughter Ella joined the Club. Before her recent years coaching with the Auroras, Melinda has coached the masters program while raising her family and assisting in the family business The Hardware Grill.
Meghan is a retired Aurora national stream athlete currently studying at the University of Alberta. Meghan has coached in our Wildrose program for three seasons and is fully certified in her Introduction to Competition coaching level. In 2018, Meghan's duet and solo had podium finishes at Proivincial Wildrose competitions.
Candace retired from synchro after doing a year of Sr. Solo in 2010. She was on the 13-15 National Team in 2006, and on many Jr. Team Ontario Teams. Candace was also a carded athlete in Ontario receiving government funding. She has competitive and recreational coaching experience at Olympium Synchro, The City of Toronto, private lessons, and extra figures.
For the 2016/17 Synchro season Madeleine was awarded the Athlete of the Year award for leadership in her club and for being a mentor for the younger athletes. The 2018-2019 season was her third year of coaching for Killarney Synchro; while also competing at the national level. She comes to the Edmonton Auroras to coach while attending the University of Alberta.
Sydney is a retired national stream athlete and Aurora Alumni. Her many years of competing as an Aurora brings strong values and technical skills while she studies at post-secondary.
Adyson placed first in 11-12 figures at Nationals and moved into coaching after an injury. She currently competes as a masters athlete while finishing up high school.