York Artistic Swimming Club was established back in 1988 originally called Aquatic Angels. It was established as a recreational program with swimmers working to achieve their Trillium Level awards.
The first year the Aquatic Angels were registered as competitive was in 1989/1990. The Club reorganized as Newmarket Synchronized Swim Club at the Competitive "B" Provincial Level in 1995/1996 with Gayle Wimmer as Head Coach until December 1998 when Mary-Jane Ling joined the club.
Mary-Jane Ling was the coach of the 12-14 age group team at the time. She was named Head Coach for the 1999/2000 season and the club was registered at the Competitive "A" National Level, competing that year at Nationals in Edmonton at the 12-14 age group. Newmarket Synchro offered programming at the Recreational, Provincial, and National levels of competitive synchro.
In January 2006, the name of Newmarket Synchronized Swim Club was changed and ratified to York Synchronized Swim Club to better represent our growing membership from across the region. York Synchronized Swim Club has grown to include practice venues in the townships of Aurora and Newmarket. To gain experience in deeper water, our competitive teams also train at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre (TPASC).
In 2018 FINA changed the name of the sport from synchronized swimming to artistic swimming. In 2019 York Synchronized Swim Club changed its name to York Artistic Swimming Club to better represent the change in name of the sport.
In the 2022 - 2023 season, York Artistic Swimming Club successfully restored enrollment after years of Covid lockdowns, and re-introduced National (High Performance) program. Our national Solo and Youth Duet qualified for the National Competition in Calgary, with Youth Duet placing 7th nationally.
Today, York Artistic Swimming Club offers AquaGo! program, as well as full season programs at pre-competitive, as well as regional, provincial, and national competitive levels.
Mission, Vision, Values
York Artistic Swimming Club is committed to developing, promoting and supporting the pursuit of excellence, in artistic swimming at all levels.
York Artistic Swimming Club’s focus on continuous improvement and positivity while having fun will create and inspire success. This vision will support a steadfast commitment and longevity within York Artistic Swimming Club.
HEALTHY LIFESTYLE: Artistic swimming instills a love of physical activity that contributes to the health and happiness of all who participate.
LIFE SKILLS: Goal-setting, disciple, perseverance, and lessons about competing with integrity, winning fairly, and losing gracefully are skills that are valuable in all aspects of life.
BUILDING CAPACITY: Pursuing learning and reaching goals in the company of others creates a sense of community and a willingness to give back to one's larger community.
CREATIVITY/INNOVATION: The collaborating process between coach and athlete, instructor and swimmer, water and movement is integral to innovative physical and aesthetic self-expression.
EXCELLENCE: Excellence is being the best swimmer, competitor, coach, official, administrator, or leader you can be.
ETHICS/RESPECT: We welcome and encourage diversity and respect for all aspects and perspectives and demand responsible, ethical and accountable behavior from all.
Our Club Constitution, Policies and Procedures will help you understand how we operate.
York Artistic Swimming Club fully adopted all relevant Ontario Artistic Swimming and Canada Artistic Swimming Policies and Procedures, including but not limited to: