OPL Oakville Heritage Moments: Oakville Synchronized Swimming Program 50th Anniversary
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- This video is part of a series titled 'Oakville Heritage Moments.' Produced by the Oakville Public Library, these videos aim to focus on snapshots of Oakville's history. This video focuses on the history of the Oakville Synchronized Swimming Program which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2018.
- Video written and produced by the Oakville Public Library’s Digital Heritage Assistant, 2017. Narrated by Liz Moore.
Images courtesy of Sarah Sims Photography, Oakville Synchro Program alumni, Town of Oakville, and Library and Archives Canada. Video clip courtesy of Lauren Breckon.
Music: “We Were Once Kings,” composed by Silent Partner and made available for public use through the YouTube Audio Library.
Special thanks to the Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations program of the Department of Canadian Heritage
- Around the turn of the twentieth century, synchronized swimming, then known as ‘ornamental swimming’ or ‘water ballet,’ became a popular activity for many.
It became an officially recognized sport in 1941, and an Olympic sport in 1984.
Synchronized swimming was introduced to Oakville in 1968 when local resident Marilyn Wallace started a synchro program with the Town of Oakville at the newly opened Centennial Pool. The program has since remained a part of the Town’s regular aquatics programming.
The Oakville Synchronized Swimming program focuses on teaching the participants the basic synchro skills while also progressively moving towards more advanced routines.
The program currently does not participate in synchro competitions, but rather focuses on the year-end Synchro swim show that varies in theme. Without the pressures of competition, the participants can freely enjoy the sport and just have fun!
Over the years, the Synchro program has consistently been popular with around 70 participants each season, from beginner swimmers to more experienced adults, many of whom return year after year
For those who grew up in the program, they develop a close-knit Synchro family, and for those just beginning, it is a chance to form bonds that will last a lifetime.
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