We at Synchro New Brunswick are deeply concerned about the impact that the closure of the Sir Max Aitken pool in September 2018 will have on our membership, specifically the athletes and coaches in the Fredericton region. We are also concerned about the impact it will have on our 2019 Canada Winter Games Team.
It is our understanding that the City of Fredericton has known for quite some time about the pending closure of the Sir Max Aitken pool. We also understand that a needs assessment that was completed more than 5 years ago, and showed the unquestionable need for a new facility. However, with the pool closure now less than 19 months away, there is no new pool, no plan to build one, and no evident plan to relocate the hundreds of athletes and recreational aquatic users who rely on the Sir Max Aitken pool.
The Fredericton Synchro Club is made up of 65 athletes, a solid 1/3rd of our provincial membership. Fredericton is also home to all of our provinces FINA Junior and Senior Athletes, and half of the FINA 13-15 athletes: these are the athletes that represent New Brunswick at National competitions.
Fredericton athletes and alumni have performed very well at Synchro Canada events.In the past two years, many provincial records have been broken, such as:
• Two Junior Gold Medals at a National Event (2017);
• Sixth place finish in Junior Solo at a National Event (2017)
• Bronze Medal in Senior Solo at a national event (2016)
• Six members from Fredericton competed on “Team NB”, who placed 5th in Canada (2016)
In the short term, the Fredericton Synchro Club needs a facility to train out of, preferably one in Fredericton. In the long term, Synchro New Brunswick would be happy to collaborate with the City of Fredericton on any additional design considerations for a new aquatic facility, including those that would be required to host national and international events.
President, Synchro New Brunswick