Carly Ayres - Head Coach
Kim Phillips Langer
Hi! My name is Kim Phillips Langer and I am the Head Coach of Nova Synchro. My role as Head Coach is to assist in club development, recruit and provide support for our many coaches, coordinate diverse training opportunities, communicate with the club executive and members, promote swimmer and coach development, continue to build and promote our positive club culture and represent Nova at local and regional events.
I have been involved in artistic swimming for close to 25 years; thirteen of these as a swimmer competing at provincial, national, collegiate and international levels. This will be my 14th year coaching and I am also a Competitive Development Certified coach. This year I am very lucky to be working with a 13-15 solo and duet.
Artistic swimming has always been an integral part of my life. It's a unique and fulfilling sport that teaches many important life skills our athletes and coaches need to succeed. I love connecting with swimmers and find the profession of coaching very rewarding. By far the best part of being a coach is watching our athletes develop as well-rounded people with strong confidence, character and a joy for continued learning. Can't wait to see where this season takes us!
Liz Scott - Club Manager, Extra Routine, 11-12 Optional Figure Coach
Hello! My name is Liz, and I am one of Nova's extra routine and figure coaches. I am also our Club Manager, so if you have any questions or need caps & nose clips, I'd be happy to help! I am thrilled to be back for my 8th season coaching at Nova Synchro.
I have been involved with artistic swimming for over 20 years, and this will be my 15th season coaching. I have coached in Dresden, Germany, and was selected as part of the coaching staff for Synchro Alberta's Provincial Teams that attended US Open, UANA Pan Ams, and SYNC. I have a Kinesiology degree and am a Certified Personal Trainer with the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology. I am also a Competition Development Certified coach. Outside of artistic swimming, I am a coach at Orangetheory fitness. Coaching is my passion, and I believe that working hard can be fun.
I am excited for another great season with Nova Synchro!
Becky Thera - 16-20 Team Coach & Extra Routine Coach
My name is Becky Thera and I am so excited to coach the 16-20 team with Nova this year! This is a hard-working, dedicated group of athletes, and I look forward to seeing them grow as a team. I believe we will have a lot of fun developing this team while building strong skills.
I am from Regina, SK, where I swam for 5 years at a Provincial and National level. I spent many years coaching various levels of athletes for Regina Synchro. This is my 12th season coaching, and my 5th season with Nova. I was previously the Technical Director and Outreach Coordinator for Synchro Saskatchewan and was recently part of the coaching staff for Alberta Artistic Swimming’s Provincial Teams, attending SYNC in Toronto this past summer. I completed my Masters of Fine Arts at the U of A in the spring of 2018. Alongside coaching, I am a practicing artist working with drawing, embroidery, video and choreography.
I truly love synchro and coaching, and I can’t wait to share that passion with a new group of athletes this season!
Samara Hipkin - 13-15 ‘S’ Team Coach & Extra Routine Coach
Hi there, My name is Samara but I generally go by Sam. A bit about me: I have been involved with synchro for about 19 years now, my first 6 years as an athlete were spent with Nova, and I continued to swim with the Auroras for the next 8 years of my life, as well as coach at varying levels from rec to national stream for the past 10 years. Once my sister (Coach Meg) and I retired from swimming at the end of 2014 we began pursuing the entrepreneurial life via formulating our own natural skin care line, which we now sell online. I am also in the midst of pursuing my master herbalist certificate and am a certified Essentrics and Garuda instructor.
I am incredibly excited to work with my 13-15 'Girl Power' team this season, and to continue to help them on their paths into incredible athletes and young women!
Meaghan Hipkin - 13-15 ‘M’ Team Coach & Extra Routine Coach
Hello everybody! My name is Meaghan, although most people know me as Meg. This is my third season coaching competitively for Nova and I am incredibly excited to be back! As far as my background in this wonderful sport, I have been involved in synchro for the last 19 years, both as an athlete and a coach, the first 7 of those were spent as an athlete with Nova. I have been coaching in some capacity over the last 11 years and throughout that span of time I have coached virtually every level including pre-comp, recreational, provincial stream and national level athletes.
I love to coach and to witness athletes grow and achieve, whether it be learning how to do a back layout position or making a provincial or national team, I will do whatever I can to help them succeed. Synchro has always been my passion, my happy place and a second home where I could run to find peace, support and solace when I needed it in my life- and it is an absolute joy for me to be able to pass that along to the next generation of mermaids! I cannot wait to see how this season unfolds!
Naomi Grenke - 11-12 ‘N’ Team Coach
Hi, my name is Naomi Grenke and I am one of Nova’s 11-12 coaches this year. I am currently in my third year at the University of Alberta, where I am studying History and Political Science. This is my fourth year coaching, and my second year coaching competitively. I was one of Nova’s Learn to Synchro coaches before coaching competitive. I look forward to bringing the skills I have learned coaching to my 11-12 team this year. I swam synchro with Nova for 9 years both at the provincial and national levels. Through these years I have learned hard work and teamwork which is something I hope to help develop in the next generation of swimmers. I have always loved the water and synchro became my passion at the age of 8. I am very excited to coach new swimmers and to pass on this passion.
This year I am planning to get my next level of coaching credentials. I am very excited to continue in my journey with Nova and the synchro community.
Jess - 11-12 'J' Team Coach
Hello, my name is Jessica or Jess. I will be coaching one of Nova’s 11-12 teams. I have been involved with synchro for 9 years. I stared in recreational programs and then moved up to swim provincially. This year will be my second year of coaching. Last year I was a coach for one of Nova’s 10 and under teams. I fell in love with synchro when I was around the same age as my team currently. I am so excited to pass on my love for the sport onto the next generation of swimmers. I can’t wait to see what this year has in store!
Abigail Grenke - 9-10 Team Coach
My name is Abi and I am excited to be coaching Nova’s 9-10 team. I’m looking forward to working with this fun group of swimmers. I’m currently taking a gap year before applying to a post secondary institution. I have been involved with artistic swimming for 11 years and swam with Nova for nine years. Nova has played a big part in my life. I have loved artistic swimming since I was 8, and I can’t wait to pass on my love of swimming to others.
Annaleise Walker- AquaGO Coordinator & Coach
My name is Annaleise and this is my third year coaching. I swam with Nova for 5 years and I absolutely love this sport. I have a huge passion for coaching and swimming and I can’t wait to work with the swimmers this year!!!
Bethany Jantz - AquaGO Coach
Hi! My name is Bethany and I am currently in my third year at UofA studying kinesiology. I have been coaching pre-competitive synchro for 4 years and am excited to be coaching for Nova again this year with our AquaGO swimmers. In addition to coaching, I am also part of the UofA synchro club as a swimmer. In my free time I enjoy working-out and sewing.
Gabrielle - AquaGO Coach
Hi! My name is Gabrielle and I’m coaching one of our AquaGO teams! This is my first year coaching and I’m super excited to work with these athletes. I currently swim with Nova's 16-20 team and this will be my 8th year swimming. I’m ready to have an incredible season with you all!
Cassie - AquaGO Coach
Hi! My name is Cassie & I am excited to be teaching AquaGO this year! It is my first year coaching but I swam competitively for 2 years in the 13-15 category, I had also done dance competitively before joining synchro. I’m so excited to work with my team & finally be a coach!
Asha Nelson - Little Synchro Coach, Program Lead
My name is Asha and I am one of the Little AquaGo coaches this year. I am currently training on the 16-20 team here at Nova and this will be my eighth year swimming. I’m so excited to be a part of our new swimmers’ experience in learning and developing new skills this year.
Paige - Little AquaGO Coach
Hello! My name is Paige and I’m coaching Little AquaGO this year! I’m in grade twelve at Paul Kane High School and I’m planning on going to university next fall. I swam synchro for nine years - including two years on the national stream at Excel Synchro - and I’ve swam racing in the summer for the past five years. I started volunteer coaching when I was 13 and I’ve loved working with kids ever since. I’ve always loved to swim and be active, and I’m excited to teach kids to love the water as much as I do.