I’m Coach Sara. I’ve been involved in Artistic Swimming since I was a young girl. I started in dance and gymnastics and loved the creativity they allowed me. I watched an artistic swimming (then called synchronized swimming) year end watershow and was inspired by what I saw. I started swimming competitively that fall when I was 8 years old and was completely hooked. I loved synchro very much and competed provincially and inter-provincially for 8 years. After taking a few years off I came back to synchro to coach Masters. I also swam Masters competing provincially, nationally and internationally. I’ve been coaching for 14 years; all different ages, from 5 to 75 and all different skills and levels from beginner to competitive, children to adult. I love being creative with routines and music. I really enjoy teaching swimmers new techniques and love seeing the look on their face when they accomplish a hard task or goal. I’m also a level 2 certified artistic swimming judge. I enjoy judging routines and figures. Judging has given me insight into creating memorable routines. I really enjoy being a part of this sport from both the coaching and judging aspects.
Coach Carly - Head Coach
Carly Handsaeme started both her swimming and coaching career with the Lethbridge Synchrobelles Synchronized Swimming Club. She has been involved in Artistic Swimming for about 20 years as a swimmer and 10+ years as a coach. Carly has been active in sport and swimming since her earliest memories of childhood. From the ages of 5-9 she tried many different sports like gymnastics, figure skating and soccer. She loved all sport that she tried but she started to notice that she was different from the other children that she trained with. Carly was diagnosed with Glaucoma at 2 months of age and would lose most of the sight in her left eye. With most sport this was a big wall standing in the way of her progression. One night her mother convinced her to try Artistic Swimming. From that night on she fell in love with a sport that her Glaucoma would not stand in the way of her ability to succeed. Carly swam one year of recreational Artistic Swimming before moving on to compete at the competitive level for about 8 years. While in her last years as a competitive swimmer, she found new love for the sport through coaching. Carly has had about 10 years of coaching experience with the Lethbridge Synchrobelles Synchronized Swimming Club. During this time, she has had the opportunity to coach all ages of children and adults. As a coach she loves helping people of all ages find joy in learning Artistic Swimming. Artistic Swimming is a sport that will teach you about determination, creativity, and teamwork. Carly is so excited to see everyone at the pool for this season.
Coach Carissa - Recreational Coach
Hi, I'm Carissa and I am excited to be coaching with the Lethbridge Synchrobelles this season! I've always loved swimming ever since I was little and I started swimming lessons about as early as humanly possible. However, I didn't start synchronized swimming until I was 16 so it's exciting to coach younger swimmers and get to see them get a good head-start with the sport. I swam with the Lethbridge Synchrobelles for 4 years and also started coaching when I was 18. Then I was off to university where I continued to practice synchronized swimming independently. After finishing my degree, I decided it was time to re-introduce myself to the team aspect and have picked up coaching again. I'm really looking forward to the rest of the season!
Coach Mia - Recreational Coach
Hey everyone, I'm Coach Mia! When I was 10 years old, Coach Sara invited me to come see a synchro performance, and ever since then, I've been in love with the sport. Now, seven years later, I'm starting to coach! I love seeing the friendships that are formed between our swimmers, and I am always amazed by the sheer amount of dedication and hard work that all of the swimmers put into every practice. Seeing all of the athletes improve in their swimming while having fun is truly the best part of this experience. I can't wait to see what the rest of the season brings, and to all the swimmers, I can't wait to see all of you in the pool!