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CanadaEdmonton dads dive into synchronized swimming for first time

18:36  03 june  2019
18:36  03 june  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

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The 10 dads on Manitoba's only men's synchronized swimming team have made a major splash since Over time , their skills developed. A group of dads with children attending the Nova Synchro Club in Edmonton wanted to go the extra mile when it comes to supporting their kids.

A group of dads with children attending the Nova Synchro Club in Edmonton wanted to go the extra mile when it comes to supporting their kids. The men performed a synchronized swimming routine for the first time on Saturday, at the Kinsmen Sports Centre for the club's 30th anniversary

A group of dads with children attending the Nova Synchro Club in Edmonton wanted to go the extra mile when it comes to supporting their kids.

The men performed a synchronized swimming routine for the first time on Saturday, at the Kinsmen Sports Centre for the club's 30th anniversary year-end water show.

Edmonton dads dive into synchronized swimming for first time © Craig Ryan/CBC Claudia Gomez-Villeneuve, a coach at the club, said she wants more men to participate in the sport.

Kirk Jensen, one of the nine fathers who performed, said he did it to support his daughter.

"My son plays hockey and I can always be involved with him. This is one thing we can do as fathers is support our daughters who do a lot of synchronized swimming, who do such hard work and a lot of training throughout the year," Jensen said.

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Edmonton dads dive into synchronized swimming for first time © Craig Ryan/CBC The men prepare for their routine at the Nova Synchro Club's annual water show.

The men had three practices to put together a show.

"First time in the pool, I realized it's not very easy. That's why we have floaters, otherwise we'd all be drowning," said Norm Villeneuve, another dad with a son and daughter in the sport.

'Big thing to have men join'

Claudia Gomez-Villeneuve, a coach at the club, is the person who rallied the team together. Gomez-Villeneuve also coached the men and helped them prepare for the performance.

Edmonton dads dive into synchronized swimming for first time © Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

"I have a son in synchronized swimming and he's the only boy competing in the whole province of Alberta, so for me it's a big thing to have men join synchro," she said.

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A group of Manitoba dads also garnered headlines in April when they started the province's only all-men synchronized swimming team to raise money for their daughters' club.

"I want men to say synchro is hard because us women have been doing synchro for a hundred years. They think it's just swimming and no, it's actually gymnastics, swimming, acrobatics, weightlifting," said Gomez-Villeneuve.

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