Coaches


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 2020-2021 Season: 

Head Coach: Vanessa Keenan (headcoach@aurorasynchro.org) (Jr and Sr team)

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.

Annette Wegner (13-15 National Stream/Jr and Sr team)

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.

Elizabeth Scott (13-15 National Stream)

Belinda Van Papeveld (Wildrose 4x a week)

Jessica Holmgren (Wildrose 3x a week)

Meghan Sit (Assistant Coach)

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 Caskey (Assistant Coach)

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.

Sydney Heigh (Assistant Coach)

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.  

Melinda Stewart (Assistant Coach)

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.

Veronica Welke-Olmos (coachveronica@aurorasynchro.org) (Assistant Coach)

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!

 

Upcoming Events


Jan. 28, 2021 to Jan. 31, 2021

National Stream Provincial Qualifier and Provincial Stream Transitions
Edmonton, Kinsmen Sports Centre
Details to be provided closer to the event.

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Feb. 25, 2021 to Feb. 28, 2021

National Stream Provincials & Provincial Stream Wildrose Classic Qualifier
Calgary, Repsol Sport Centre

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Apr. 16, 2021 to Apr. 18, 2021

Provincial Stream Wildrose Classic & Masters Provincials
Lethbridge, Alberta

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