Canadians take plunge

Julie Gatenby, from Yorkshire Gold tourism agency, Catherine Gosselin-Depres, chief executive of Canadian Synchronised Swimming, Coun Mirfin-Boukouris, Helen Broadbent, of Ponds Forge.
Julie Gatenby, from Yorkshire Gold tourism agency, Catherine Gosselin-Depres, chief executive of Canadian Synchronised Swimming, Coun Mirfin-Boukouris, Helen Broadbent, of Ponds Forge.
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THEY are coming across The Pond - to train at Ponds Forge in Sheffield.

The Canadian synchronised swimming team are the latest Olympic squad to sign up to hold pre-games training sessions in the city, joining others include the US diving team and Brazilian judo squad.

Representatives of the Canadian squad, headed by Catherine Gosselin-Depres, Canadian Synchronised Swimming chief executive officer, were welcomed to the city by Julie Gatenby, of Yorkshire Gold tourism agency, Coun Helen Mirfin-Boukouris, of Sheffield Council, and Helen Broadbent, from Ponds Forge.

Catherine said: “Sheffield is a great city with great people and world-class facilities. That is exactly what attracted us to coming here.

“Our head coach visited during the European synchronised swimming championships, but we wanted to come back as it was so fantastic.

“Now we can focus on our preparation.”