Head Coach – Manny Wu

Coach of the 2014 and 2015 Canadian National Junior Team Champions, Manny has over 20 years of synchronized swimming experience, both as a national level swimmer in China and a coach. She retired after participating at the 2004 Olympic Games as an athlete, and started coaching in Canada in 2008. Manny was the Head Coach for 2012 13-15 Ontario Provincial Team that captured a gold medal at the prestigious Christmas Prize competition in Prague, and that year she also coached the Granite Club 13-15 Team which swept the 2012 Espoir Championships in solo, duet, and team. Manny was the Assistant Coach for the 2015 Canada Winter Games Team as well as 2015 and 2016 Junior National Team. Manny was the Head Coach for the 2017 Junior National Team. Manny also coaches at the Regional Training Centre – Ontario.

Danielle LoPresti

Danielle swam competitive synchro from the age of 7, and began swimming National level in grade 5. She was a member of the first 11-12 Team Ontario and competed internationally in a Novice open in Germany. She competed for 6 years at a National level in team, solo, duet and combo and attended week long training camps in the USA every year and was on the first place 16-20 age group team at Nationals her last year swimming. She is a level 2 coach and has been coaching Provincial Level for 6 years, coaching all ages from 10-under to 16-20. The 2017-18 will be her third season coaching with Chaco Synchro.

Lisa Sanders

Lisa as been coaching at Chaco for 2 years, bringing her experience of being on the National team to the younger generation. As a swimmer, she competed in 2 world championships, including Junior Worlds, and received gold at the Pan American Games. Last year she was one of the coaches for our 11-12 FINA team who came 1st Provincially and 2nd Nationally.

Mélanie Donelle

Mélanie was a synchronized swimmer for 5 years. She began at age 13 and retired at 18 due to a knee injury. Mélanie swam her final year at the Regional Training Center of Ontario. Before joining synchronized swimming, she did ballet, gymnastics and diving. She now attends Ryerson University for business, majoring in Entrepreneurship.

Alice Xu

Alice will be starting her first year of coaching with Chaco Synchro, which is where she began her synchronized swimming career, as a recreational swimmer. Last year she swam with the 13-15 national team from Variety Village, which placed 6th at Nationals.

Julie Donelle

Julie is a former synchronized swimmer who is now a high performance tennis player and going to Seneca to one day become a flight attendant.