Edmonton Aurora coaches work as a team to deliver their strengths to the athletes they coach.  Athletes in our competitive programs will receive coaching from many of the coaches listed below during the 2020-2021 Season: 

Artistic Swimming Coaches

We're hiring! Please see the job description for the new head coach and contact Christy Ciezki, Recruitment Consultant (email:, phone: (780)401-2301) with any questions.

Head Coach: Vanessa Keenan ~ She/her/hers ( 

Vanessa Keenan, also known as The Online Synchro Coach, is an alumni athlete, coach, and Head Coach with the Edmonton Auroras.  She obtained her Masters of Arts (specializing in coaching) and Bachelor of Physical Education (with Distinction) from the University of Alberta.  Her mentor coaches include past Olympic coaches Sheilagh Croxon (University) and Leslie Sproule(Level 4 coaching certification)

Vanessa is also Certified in the Breath-Hold Safety Program, EasyFlexibility Training Certification, Zaichik Stretching Technique, and Certified Module 4, Alixa Flexibility.  Vanessa lives just north of the city of Edmonton where she and her husband are raising their 3 children.

Meaghan Hipkin ~ She/her/hers (Provincial Stream) 


Samara Hipkin ~ She/her/hers (Provincial Stream) 


Elizabeth Scott ~ She/her/hers (National Stream) 

Liz is Aurora Alumni and has been involved with artistic swimming for over 25 years, and this will be her 16th season coaching. She has coached throughout Alberta, and in Dresden, Germany. From 2013-2018, she was part of the coaching team for Synchro Alberta’s Provincial Teams that attended the US Open, UANA Pan Ams, and SYNC. Liz has a Kinesiology degree and is a Certified Personal Trainer with the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology. She has her Competition Development Certification. Outside of artistic swimming, she is a coach at Orangetheory Fitness. Coaching is her passion. Liz believes that working hard can be fun, and that swimmers are students of artistic swimming.

Belinda Van Papeveld ~ She/her/hers (Assistant Coach) 

Belinda grew up here in Edmonton, where she swam with the Aurora's for 7 years, Nova Synchro (1 year), Strathcona Synatics (2 years) and UofA Synchro (2 years). Belinda competed both provincially, nationally and internationally. For the last 6 years, she was a competitive team coach at the Strathcona Synatics coaching athletes from 11-12, 13-15 & 16-20 age groups. She coached with the Edmonton Auroras back in 2010-2012 and is thrilled to be back coaching with the Auroras again. Coaching is a huge passion of hers and she believes hard work can be fun and rewarding.

Jessica Holmgren ~ She/her/hers (Assistant Coach) 

This is Jessica's first year back with the club after having taken several years away from coaching.  At home she has 5 children (8, 6, almost 4, and 2 year old twins) She has been involved in the sport and for most of her life, first as a swimmer then a coach and official.  She started coaching and judging in 1998 in first year university and has coached a variety of ages and skills levels over the years from Recreational to Masters, Provincial Stream, National Stream and University league.  In 2013, Jessica transitioned away from coaching to only judging, and have had the pleasure to judge at several Canadian Open and National Qualifiers. 

Meghan Sit ~ She/her/hers (13-15 National Stream Coach)

Meghan is a retired Aurora national stream athlete currently studying at the University of Alberta.  Meghan has coached in our Wildrose program for six seasons and is fully certified in her Introduction to Competition coaching level. She has coached PS 10U, 12U, and 13-15 age groups. In 2018, Meghan's duet and solo had podium finishes at Provincial Wildrose competitions. In 2020, her soloist made the podium in 11-12.

Kate Bath ~ She/her/hers (13-15 National Stream Coach

Kate is swimming at Senior National Level and coaching pre-comp and competitive this season. She is also certified in Alixa flexibility. 

Erika Herle~ She/her/hers (Substitute Coach) 

Erika recently retired from high performance artistic swimming. She is coaching one of our pre-competitive programs. 

Specialty Coaches

Jason Chugh ~ (Swim Instructor) 




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