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Nepean Synchro Head CoachVanessa Graham

Vanessa began synchro at the age of six and is still sharing her love and passion for the sport twenty years later. She swam for both Ottawa Synchro and Gloucester Synchro,then started coaching with Nepean Synchro. The 2015/2016 season will be Vanessa's tenth year coaching competitive, as well as her third year as Nepean Synchro's Head Coach. Vanessa is a Registered Early Childhood Educator with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board and is currently working in full-day Kindergarten. She also has an undergraduate degree from Carleton University in Child Studies. She is excited to see what her future holds for her in the world of working with children.

Shannon Castledine

Shannon started swimming with Nepean Synchro at the age of 10 and has been with the club ever since. In her last year as a competitive swimmer, she swam in a tier 6 duet that represented Nepean Synchro for the first time at the Canadian Espoir National Championships. She has an honours degree in Film Studies from Carleton University and a diploma in Television Broadcasting from Algonquin. She is currently working as a freelancer in the field of film and video.

Emma English

Emma swam with Nepean Synchro for nine years and is entering her third year of coaching with the competitive program. During the 2014/2015 season, she was awarded Nepean Synchro's Coach of the Year Award. She is going into her third year of studies at the University of Ottawa and is working towards a degree in Human Kinetics with French Immersion. She is also involved in the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees Synchro Club as both the Vice President and a team member. Emma loves coaching with Nepean Synchro and is excited for another great year.

Greer Gemin
Greer started synchro with Nepean at the age of 11, and has loved the sport ever since. After seven years swimming competitively with the club, ‎and three years coaching with the Recreational Program, she was very excited to join the team of competitive coaches in 2013. She has coached 10&Under and 11-12 Duets, and last year co-coached a 13-15 team. Greer is also a second year student in the Journalism program at Carleton University. She is looking forward to the new and exciting challenges the 2015-2016 season will bring!

Michaela Kostron

Michaela has been a synchronized swimmer since the age of seven. She has swum for Nepean Synchro, Carleton University Synchro, and Masters with Gloucester Synchro. She has coached with Nepean Synchro for six years, and was awarded the Coach of the Year Award in 2014. She is also a certified level one judge and referee, working towards her level two certification. Michaela currently works for the Federal Public Service. She is looking forward to another amazing year with Nepean Synchro! 

Bridget Moore

Bridget started swimming with Nepean Synchro when she was eight years old. She coached recreationally for two years and is starting her fourth year coaching competitively with the club. She is studying Biomedical sciences at the University of Ottawa and is entering her fourth year. She has continued her involvement in synchro by coaching, as well as by swimming at her university.

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Laura Mouck

This is Laura’s second season with Nepean Synchro after moving from Toronto last year. Laura started swimming for Toronto Synchro when she was 10 years old and competed at both the Provincial and National levels. She brings nine years of coaching experience, having coached for both Kingston Synchro and Toronto Synchro in the past. Laura currently works for Ipsos Reid as a Senior Research Manager. She is excited to be a part of the Nepean Synchro coaching team.

Katheryn Nowell

This is Katheryn's sixth year coaching competitively with Nepean Synchro. She has spent a total of 15 years involved in Synchronized Swimming, 12 of which have been with Nepean Synchro. Katheryn graduated from Carleton University's Bachelor of Commerce program with a concentration in accounting, Co-op option, in 2014. She is now working full-time in the Forensics and Dispute Services group at Deloitte LLP and working towards her CPA designation. Katheryn is looking forward to a successful season with many new and exciting challenges.

Lindsay Pinch
Lindsay is entering her tenth year of being a part of Nepean Synchro. She swam a team routine every year and has had the opportunity to swim a combo and a duet over the years. She is currently in her first year of an Honours in BA degree with Specialization in Psychology (French immersion) at the University of Ottawa, where she hopes to continue swimming as a Gee-Gee. In the summer, Lindsay is the KemptvilleBluefins Swim Team Coach, as well as a certified lifeguard/swim instructor for the Municipality of North Grenville. She has coached at the recreational level for three years and is excited to coach a competitive 11-12 duet and figure group this season, along with a novice team.

Izabelle Pytura

Izabelle has been coaching synchronized swimming for more than 15 years. Originally from Gatineau, she joined Nepean Synchro in September 2014 and is very excited about continuing her journey with the club. Along with coaching a 13-15 competitive team, Izabelle is the club’s Recreational/Novice Head Coach for the 2015-16 season. Izabelle is also involved with Synchro Québec as an instructor for new coaches and as a referee in competitions. In her personal life, she teaches History and Geography at a Gatineau high school.

Jen Tinneberg

Jennifer first started synchronized swimming at the age of 12, when she joined a recreational club. After seeing a Nepean Synchro water show, she knew she had to tryout. Jennifer swam competitively with the club for four seasons, swimming Team, Combo & Duet, and then swam Masters for three years. After coaching competitively for 5 seasons with the Nepean Synchro, she took 2 years off to travel. Jennifer has returned to Ottawa to pursue her studies in Early Childhood Education, and is very excited to be rejoining the club for the 2015-2016 season, as an 11-12 Team Coach & a Novice Team Coach.


Brooke Whitney

Brooke is currently coaching her fifth competitive season with the club, after swimming a total of 11 years with both Nepean Synchro and Thunder Bay Synchro. In 2011, Brooke was awarded Synchro Ontario’s Athlete of the Year Award. She attends Carleton University and is completing her undergraduate degree in Communication Studies. Brooke will be a figure coach for the 2015-2016 season.