Tina Naveri has big plans for the Kamloops Sunrays.
She took over the Sunrays’ long-vacant head coaching position on July 1, bringing 24 years of synchronized swimming instruction experience to the club.
“A lot of the parents are really excited about having structure and organization and they’re very open to my ideas and what I bring forward, knowing the experience I have,” Naveri said.
“My goal is to build the club and that’s the overall goal for everybody, and getting us back on the podium.”
Naveri’s family recently relocated to the Interior from the Coast, where she last coached the Surrey- and Coquitlam-based BC Aquasonics, a club that advertises itself as the province’s premier high-performance synchro outfit.
The Sunrays had about 18 members last season.
“I want to double that, at least,” Naveri said. “Synchro has been big-time under the radar here.”
First up on the schedule is the Kamloops Sunrays Summer Camp, which runs from Aug. 28 to Sept. 1, costs $200 and will be held mostly at Brock Pool.
The camp leads into the synchro season, which runs from September to June, and will allow Naveri to introduce new techniques, both inside and outside the pool.
“We have a speed-swimming coach coming in, a national diving coach and we’ll do some martial-arts training,” said Naveri, who will be teaching new figures and athlete-development skills.
“If kids come out and they see, ‘Hey, synchro is fun,’ we can get a bigger registration.”
Registration deadline is July 31. Email Naveri at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
“I contacted the club and said, ‘I’m moving up. I’d like to apply for the head coach job,’ and I had it within half an hour,” Naveri said.
Now the work begins.