Pacific Wave Synchro is thrilled to announce former Canadian Olympic coach Meng Chen has joined the Richmond-based club as assistant head coach for the 2018-19 season.
Chen, who has been a Synchro Canada national team coach since 2008, took her career to the next level by leading Canada’s duet to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
She also coached her team to first place at the 2015 Pan American Championships — a year after overseeing a gold medal in the figure event and a silver medal in solo for Jacqueline Simoneau at Junior World Championships in Helinski, Finland.
Over the last couple of years, Pacific Wave has been focusing on the Sport for Life model. Specifically, the early development of their younger athletes to ensure that B.C.’s next generation of synchronized swimmers become physically, technically and mentally strong.
The club strives to produce well-rounded athletes who are ready to represent B.C. at the national level and have the potential to represent Canada internationally as well.
With Chen now part of Pacific Wave’s athlete development process, the club will offer more of the tools and training necessary to prepare Canada's next generation of top level synchronized swimmers.
Prior to coming to Canada from her native China, Meng obtained a BSc in Sport Training from the Capital Institute of Physical Education, Beijing and coached for the Malaysia Sport National Institute from 2003-2008.
Besides her coaching expertise, Meng continues to add to the club’s language and cultural diversity. She will play a role in community outreach and partnership development.
For more information on Pacific Wave visit www.pacificwavesynchro.ca.