The Southeast Connection synchronized swim team that will be competing at the upcoming Saskatchewan Winter Games in Prince Albert has been sent off in style, thanks to a pep rally February 1 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Estevan.
Team members were introduced, and presented medals for their winning effort in the team swim competition for 13 to 15-year-olds at a meet in Saskatoon in late January. Members of the Estevan Mermaids then showed their support for the Southeast Connection team with chants and routines.
A Saskatchewan flag was presented to team members, too.
Brenda Lyons, who coaches the SE Connection team along with her daughter, Tess Rensby, said they have been preparing for the Games for nearly a year. Lyons said they have been building teamwork and trust.
“Once the team was named in June, we did some goal setting and we talked about who wants to swim on a team,” said Lyons. “We decided that our motto was 'It's not about the journey, it's the destination.'”
They have had some great moments together in the past eight months, and they have had team-building and fitness activities.
Team members are: Tracy Irwin, Brooke Kruger, Taylor Kuntz, Eden Palmer, Danika Poirier, Kelsey Potoma, Hannah Whitman and Alyssa Wieting of Estevan; and Jillian Harder and Savannah Pohl of Weyburn.
Whitman, who has been named captain of the team, was appreciative for the support shown during the pep rally, and she said her teammates are looking forward to the Games. It will be the last chance for many of them to enter an event like the Winter Games, too, she said.
The 2014 Saskatchewan Winter Games are February 16 to 22. Synchronized swimming will be from the 17th to the 19th.