The Sydney Emeralds Synchronized Swimming Club was created in October 2007 by Myriam Glez and Katarina Hall.
When Myriam and Katarina moved to Sydney, they were both looking to train and coach for a synchronized swimming club. However, as they discovered that there were no active clubs in Sydney, they decided to establish the Sydney Emeralds Synchronized Swimming Club. Originally starting only with 5 registered members, the Sydney Emeralds is currently the largest synchronized swimming club in New South Wales. Training sessions are held at various locations in Sydney.
Please view the history of our club below
- Senior Sydney Emeralds swimmer, Myriam Glez, competed in the duet and team events at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
- In the 2007/08 season, Sydney Emeralds had 15 registered members.
- Two Sydney Emeralds Synchronized Swimmers competed at the National Championships in Melbourne.
- One Junior Sydney Emeralds Swimmer, Liching Yew, became a member of the Australian National Team and was selected to represent Australia for the first time at the 2009 World Championships in Rome in the solo event.
- In 2008/09 season, Sydney Emeralds had 35 registered members.
- Sixteen Sydney Emeralds Swimmers competed at the National Championships in Sydney.
- Two 13-15 Age Group Sydney Emeralds Swimmers, Amie Thompson and Sasha Singer, represented Australia at the Oceania Championships in Samoa.
- Four Sydney Emeralds Swimmers qualified for Division A - 12 & under Age Group, Jodie Ah Chong and Rachel Bowen-James, and 13-15 Age Group, Amie Thompson and Sasha Singer.
- Two Sydney Emeralds Swimmers, Liching Yew and Amie Thompson, were selected onto the Australian Olympic Shadow team.
- Two 13-15 Age group Sydney Emeralds, Amie Thompson and Sasha Singer, were selected onto the Australian Junior Talent ID Squad.
- In 2009/10 season, Sydney Emeralds had 37 registered members.
- Twelve Sydney Emeralds Swimmers competed at the National Championships in Brisbane.
- Yew and Thompson represented Australia at the 14th FINA World Championships in Shanghai, China. Yew also represented Australia at the 2011 German Open and 2011 French Open championships.
- Thompson and Singer represented Australia at the New Zealand Open National Championships.
- In 2010/11 season, Sydney Emeralds had 42 registered members.
- Ten Sydney Emeralds swimmers competed at the National Championships in Perth and won 2 gold medals and 3 silver medals.
- Thompson and Singer represented Australia at the 2012 Oceania Championships in Noumea, New Caledonia. Thompson with her inter-state duet partner Jade Love-Haynes won gold medal in Junior duet category and Thompson won silver medal in the Junior Solo category. The Australian Junior Team, which Thompson and Singer are members of, placed 4th in the Open Combination Category.
- Thompson (Junior) and Jodie Ah Chong (12 and under Age group) competed at 2012 Singapore National Championships where Thompson with her inter-state duet partner Love-Haynes placed first in the Open duet and Thompson placed 5th in Junior solo category. Ah Chong placed 3rd in 12 and under Solo category.
At the end of 2010, the Club sadly farewelled one of the club’s founders Myriam Glez who moved with her family to Great Britain. However, the Club was strengthened by an increasing input of its members (competitors and their parents) and a dedicated team of coaches. The Sydney Emeralds coaching team consists of Katarina Hall, Amanda Reid, Erika Bockler, and an increasing number of temporary international coaches. In 2011, the Club welcomed visiting coaches Emilie Denechere and Celine Nicole, both from France and currently the club is hosting Stacy Semikilit from Moscow, Russia. The club is also growing their own young enthusiastic coaches Liching Yew and Amie Thompson.
The Sydney Emeralds’ objective is to develop synchronized swimming at every level from beginners to elite athletes, and at every age, from 4 years old to Masters Swimmers. We strive to provide our swimmers with the opportunity to achieve their personal best as individuals, athletes and team members in a club environment which values respect, dedication and sportsmanship. The Sydney Emeralds Coaching Team is very experienced having competed and coached at the highest level. The Sydney Emeralds Synchronized Swimming Club is a non-profit organisation and is incorporated with the NSW Fair Trading Office.