Sheffield City Council has secured another prestigious international Pre-Games training camp, as Canadian Synchronised Swimming signs on the dotted line.
Catherine Gosselin-Depres, Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Synchronised Swimming, said: “Sheffield is a great city with great people and world class facilities. That is exactly what attracted us to coming here. Our head coach visited during the European Synchronised Swimming Championships, but we wanted to come back as it was so fantastic. In 2012, we want to be on the podium. It is great that we qualified so early for the Games. Now we can focus on our preparation.”
Councillor Helen Mirfin-Boukouris, Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet Member for Business, Jobs and Growth, said: “I am delighted that the Canadian Synchronised Swimming team will train in Sheffield in July. They are rightly expecting to win medals at the Games. We know that international pre-Games training camps are bringing over £250,000 into the city’s economy, and this is another fantastic coup for us.”
Canada is one of the world's leading synchronised swimming nations. They won Gold in the Pan American games in October beating the likes of USA, Brazil and Mexico.
The swimmers will be based at the world-class Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, which is operated by Sheffield International Venues (SIV).
Steve Brailey, chief executive of SIV, said: “Ponds Forge offers world-class facilities, which is one of the key reasons why the Canadians have chosen to be based in the city ahead of the Games. The coaches were extremely impressed during their visit for the European Synchronised Swimming Championships at Ponds Forge last year and we look forward to welcoming the squad this summer. We will be accommodating them alongside our regular swimming programmes, which are extremely popular with people in Sheffield.”