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)

Liz is Aurora Alumni and has been involved with artistic swimming for over 25 years, and this will be her 16th season coaching. She has coached throughout Alberta, and in Dresden, Germany. From 2013-2018, she was part of the coaching team for Synchro Alberta’s Provincial Teams that attended the US Open, UANA Pan Ams, and SYNC. Liz has a Kinesiology degree and is a Certified Personal Trainer with the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology. She has her Competition Development Certification. Outside of artistic swimming, I am a coach at Orangetheory Fitness. Coaching is her passion. Liz believes that working hard can be fun, and that swimmers are students of artistic swimming.

Belinda Van Papeveld (Wildrose 4x a week)

Belinda grew up here in Edmonton, where she swam with the Aurora's for 7 years, Nova Synchro (1 year), Strathcona Synatics (2 years) and UofA Synchro (2 years). Belinda competed both provincially, nationally and internationally. For the last 6 years, she was a competitive team coach at the Strathcona Synatics coaching athletes from 11-12, 13-15 & 16-20 age groups. She coached with the Edmonton Auroras back in 2010-2012 and is thrilled to be back coaching with the Auroras again. Coaching is a huge passion of hers and she believes hard work can be fun and rewarding.

Jessica Holmgren (Wildrose 3x a week)

This is Jessica's first year back with the club after having taken several years away from coaching.  At home she has 5 children (8, 6, almost 4, and 2 year old twins) She has been involved in the sport and for most of her life, first as a swimmer then a coach and official.  She started coaching and judging in 1998 in first year university and has coached a variety of ages and skills levels over the years from Recreational to Masters, Provincial Stream, National Stream and University league.  In 2013, Jessica transitioned away from coaching to only judging, and have had the pleasure to judge at several Canadian Open and National Qualifiers. 

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.

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.  

Veronica Welke-Olmos (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. 

 

Upcoming Events


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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