Former Slave Lake athlete shines in artistic swimming

Leader staff

Kimberly Poitras is an athlete who spent the first few years of her life in Slave Lake. She later trained in Edmonton with the Edmonton Auroras synchronized swimming club from age 9-14. She had some good results in competitions with the Auroras in the sport now known as ‘artistic swimming.’

This past year she has been training with the Calgary Aquabelles and attending the Edge Sports Academy in Calgary. This year with the Aquabelles she competed in figures, solo, duet and 13-15 ‘A’ Team, also acting as team captain.

Poitras is ranked 20th nationally in figures out of 230 athletes. This is an individual score from four different figures, which are a series of movements performed individually in front of six judges. According to information submitted last week to The Leader, the top 24 are considered to be high performance athletes. Scores vary from meet to meet.

Team placing has two sections: Routines result is for what was judged during that event and then ranked by scores. Championship result is 50 per cent of Routine score and 50 per cent of the combined figure score of the athletes on that team.

At the nationals in Kamloops B.C. last month, the duet of Poitras and Elizabeth Battista placed first in the preliminary round in Routine, and second in Championship, out of 24 entries. In the finals they repeated those same two results, with a personal best (PB) duet score of 77.3. That was the highest awarded to a duet in the 13-15 age group in Canada this year, says our source.

Competing in the solo event, Poitras placed seventh and eighth out of 12 who made it to the finals in Kamloops. Her score was 74.2, also a PB.

In a team event, the Aquabelles ‘A’ Team 13-15 took first place in Routine and fourth in Championship, with a PB team score of 76.9 – also the highest awarded to a team in that age group in the country this season.

In other news, Poitras has been selected to try out for the 13-15 national team. The invitation came from being scouted throughout this season. A combination of results, talent ID and coaches’ recommendations compiled a list of the top 24 athletes in Canada. These 24 athletes will attend a 10-day try out in Montreal at the National Sport Institute of Quebec. From this tryout a team of 10 will be named to Team Canada and will train in Montreal this summer and compete at Fina Worlds in Slovakia this September. If she does not qualify for this team she has already been offered a spot with team Alberta to compete in Quebec in July.

Kimberly Poitras draped in gold medals.

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