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From Bannerman Park to Olympic Hopeful

December 23, 2016, Synchro Newfoundland & Labrador

For Immediate Release

December 23, 2016
From Bannerman Park to Olympic Hopeful

St. John’s, Newfoundland – Catherine Barrett of St. John’s, Newfoundland, has been picked as one of ten synchronized swimmers from across the country to join Synchro Canada’s Senior NextGen Team.

Catherine, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Flag Bearer for the 2015 Canada Winter Games, tried synchronized swimming for the first time at age 9 during a summer camp held at Bannerman Park’s outdoor pool. She went on to swim competitively with the St. John’s Sea Stars Synchronized Swimming Club. Coaches Katy Eldridge and Jackie Hiscock saw something special in Catherine’s ability and encouraged her to go further in the sport.

In 2014, at age 14, she was named Synchro NL’s Athlete of the Year, and boldly moved away from her family and friends to swim in Ontario. Catherine competed for Team Newfoundland & Labrador at the 2015 Canada Winter Games, where her Solo won 5th place. In August, 2015, she swam for Synchro Canada’s 13-15 National Team in Ostia, Italy, at the Comen Cup.

The Synchro Canada’s Senior NextGen Team is now beginning to prepare for the 2024 Olympic Games. Says Synchro Canada CEO, Jackie Bukingham, “Synchro Canada is excited and pleased with the depth and breadth of talent at the NextGen level across Canada. We are especially pleased to welcome Catherine Barrett from St. John's to this elite group of synchronized swimmers. Catherine is a wonderful young ambassador for the sport and a product of the proud, enthusiastic team of coaches and volunteers working hard to build the sport in Newfoundland and Labrador. We look forward to cheering Catherine from the sidelines as she and her team-mates reach new heights in this amazing sport.”

Catherine is the youngest of 3 children, and attended St. Bonaventure’s School from 2005 – 2014. She will be visiting Newfoundland from December 23, 2016 – January 3, 2017 and will be available to meet with media. She may be contacted via her mother’s email, below.

For More information:
Synchro NL is the governing body for the sport of synchronized swimming in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador. (Synchro rocks on The Rock!) Contact Synchro NL President, Michael Andersen Jones (, or see

For more details on Synchro Canada naming its Senior National and Senior NextGen Teams, please see:

Catherine Barrett’s mother, Mary O’Brien (

Catherine Barrett’s former coaches with St. John’s Sea Stars:
Katy Eldridge (
Jackie Hiscock (

St. John’s Sea Stars Head Coach, Shannon Driscoll (

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