Alexandra Cross – Head Coach
Occupation/Studies: I am my second year of a PhD program in Speech-Language Pathology, studying reading and language development.
How long have you been in Synchro? At what capacity? I attended a Try Synchro program with Nepean Synchro at 10 years old and have been in love with the sport ever since. I swam competitively with Nepean for 6 years, and also began coaching for the club’s recreational program during my last two years of high school. During my undergraduate degree at Queen’s University, I competed with the university’s varsity synchronized swimming team, and coached for both Kingston Synchro and Canadian Forces Base Synchro. I joined London Synchro Club’s coaching team two years ago when I started my Masters at Western University. I am currently swimming with London Synchro’s Western University team and am thrilled to be coaching London’s 10U team again this year. Being involved in synchro both as a coach for LSC and a swimmer in the Canadian University Synchro League will make for an exciting 2015-16 season!
Why do you love synchronized swimming? As a young swimmer I fell in love with the creative aspect of synchro – I loved being in the pool but found swimming lessons boring. As I got older and training became more demanding, it was the relationships that I built with my coaches and teammates that kept me coming back. I love performing and the challenge of connecting with the judges and audience to draw them into the routine. My favourite part of coaching is working with young swimmers who are relatively new to the sport. I find it really rewarding to watch swimmers develop the same passion for synchro that I’ve found.
What are your goals for your teams/swimmers this year? As I coach I always strive to have no regrets about the season, and I want my swimmers to feel the same. I would like to finish this season knowing we tried our hardest at every practice and feeling proud of what we accomplished. For my 11-12 team, I want to focus not only on skills in the pool but also developing sportsmanlike qualities. We have lots of plans for team building this year!