In 2012-2013, Saskatchewan Artistic Swimming took part in the High Performance Planning Initiative offered by Sask Sport to enhance the level of High Performance planning and HP outcomes for Saskatchewan Sport.
The process of examining of our strengths/weaknesses, benchmarks, and completing a gap analysis helped our organization develop a more effective High Performance plan and produce the High Performance Goals and Programs. The overarching goal of the program is to create a structure to qualify athletes for the 13-15 and Junior National Team programs.
There are two streams in the High Performance Program – Excellence and Development. To qualify to participate in either HP Program, the athlete must achieve a set standard in Excellence Skill Testing. Testing involves figure, routine, fitness and flexibility components.
Testing for the 2021-2022 season was forgone due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however athletes were selected to the program based on scores achieved through the 2020-2021 competitive year. The athletes selected to the high performance program will participate in training camps throughout the upcoming competitive season.
Following a restructuring of the provincial team programs in 2020, the the provincial team program now has Junior (8), 15U (8) and a new Provincial Performance (10) teams. These 26 athletes will all partake in training camps throughout the summer within the province, focusing on developing technical and routine skills, and will participate in a variety of activities out of the pool as well!
The High Performance Committee has assisted a number of athletes in obtaining national level success. We are so proud to have Kenzie Priddell of Regina, on the 2020(1) Olympic team competing in Tokyo in August 2021. Additionally, Sydney Carroll of Saskatoon was selected to the Senior National Team Training group in 2020, moving to Montreal to train with the Senior National Team. We are so proud of these High Performance Program athletes from Saskatchewan!
Contact the SAS High Performance Director for more information.