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  • January 17, 2011

$50,000 Grant Creates a Perfectly Timed Splash for the Synchro Stars

MARKHAM – As the members of the Synchro Stars were getting ready to perform a preview of their routines at their annual Winter Watershow this past Saturday evening, local MPP Michael Chan was poolside to make the formal announcement of the $50,000 grant courtesy of the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Mr. Chan and Emily Ng of the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Board of Directors presented a special plaque to Yuriko Maass, the Club’s President.

“The Ontario Trillium Foundation investment in the Synchro Stars Swim Club is great news for Markham and all of York Region,” said the Hon. Michael Chan, MPP for Markham-Unionville. “Not only will an expanded recreational program contribute to healthy activity options in our community, it will also bring more exposure to the grace, beauty and power of the sport of synchronized swimming.”

The two-year grant from the Foundation is being used to expand the recreational program so more young women can experience this empowering sport. To do so the club will hire a Program Development Coordinator, and cover the cost of marketing materials and pool time. This grant was given to help the Club grow their excellent synchronized swimming program for girls in the community. The program helps them to pursue their love of swimming, skill development, and develop a healthy active lifestyle that they are sure to continue in the future.

“Synchronized swimming helps young girls develop their self esteem and empowers them, it develops life skills that help them if every aspect of their lives,” said Yuriko Maass, President of the Synchro Stars. “That is why we know it is very important to expose as many girls to this wonderful sport.”

If you are interested in learning more about the Synchro Stars, please visit their website at:

A leading grantmaker in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario, OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities. 


For more information, please contact:
Karen Wilson
Office of Michael Chan, M.P.P.

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