Lily Dong

Lily Dong

Occupation/Studies: I’m in my second year at Western University, pursuing a BSc in Kinesiology.

How long have you been in Synchro? Last year was my first year coaching with London Synchro, and I’m very excited to be back this season, this time coaching a competitive 13-15 team. I swam on the Western team last year, and after a great season, we are all looking forward to another fun, challenging year. Prior to coming to London, I swam provincially with Nepean Synchro in Ottawa for 5 years. There, I also coached recreationally for two seasons.

Why do you love synchronized swimming? No other sport combines artistry, athleticism, and teamwork like synchronized swimming does. There’s nothing like the feeling after a great swim, knowing how much you’ve worked to get there, and sharing that moment with people that have become your family. Some of the best relationships I’ve made are with the girls I swam with, and a large part of who I am is thanks to what I learned from being involved in the sport.

What are your goals for your teams/swimmers this year? Coming from all different synchro backgrounds, my goal is for my swimmers to come together as a team to work towards their goals. I know that I will see huge improvement in the girls, on both an individual and team level, and I’m excited to see their enjoyment ad confidence grow with each practice.