In 1969, Elizabeth Gray and Joyce Corner responded to an ad looking for coaches for a new synchronized swimming program beginning at Huron Park Pool in Mississauga. They started the program using only one lane and sharing the pool with a Red Cross Leader’s course. Over the years, the enthusiasm of the group grew and the programs expanded. Currently, Elizabeth Gray still lives in Mississauga and enjoys recreational synchro, and Joyce Corner is an international synchro judge and Masters swimmer (visithttp://www.synchroontario.com/Masters.htm to see a picture of her with her team-mates from the New Wave Synchro Masters).
By the mid 70’s, under Head Coach Roberta Ammariti, MSSA had a strong recreational base as well as a team that placed sixth in the nation competition. In addition, Lisa Alexander, Olympic Silver medalist for team synchro in the 1996 Olympic Games, was a part of the recreational and pre-competitive programs with MSSA.
With the construction of the Etobicoke Olympium and the founding of its synchro club, Mississauga returned to a recreational program until 1988 when the next Head Coach, Shauna Press, started a Provincial Competitive program. In 1991, the club added a National Team, and in 1992 took over running the Parks and Recreation Synchronized Swimming program for the City of Mississauga, which was known as the MSSA Satellite program.
Subsequently, Debbie Stanton was MSSA’s Head Coach for 25 years. She swam with the Calgary Aquabelles for 7 years, winning National and International awards, and continues to be a respected national-level coach.
The MSSA has had a Swim Show every year for the past 40 years, and we continue that tradition today. In the early years, men swam and coached with the club, and often parents would do routines and swim them at the show. Although some things have changed, we still have a strong parent community where we foster team spirit and friendship.
The members of MSSA want their club to continue to offer quality synchronized swimming programs, perhaps for another 50+ years!
Join us, and enjoy the fun!