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  • 2012

    Senior Duet Bronze at COSSC Nationals

  • 2010 - 2011

    Synchro Canada consultant on the Long-term Athlete Development

  • 2010

    Named an Apprentice Coach at the World Trophy Cup Synchro Canada "A" Team

  • 2009

    • Level 4 Synchronized Swimming Coach Canada
    • Senior Team Championship Gold COSSC Nationals
    • Team Alberta Senior Team Silver, Senior Duet Gold at the US Open
    • 13-15 Club team went to Prague, Christmas Prize winning Bronze in team
  • 2008

    Canadian 13-15 National Team Gold in all events at UANA Championships as assistant coach

  • 2007

    • Bronze in team and duet at Canada Winter Games - Team Alberta
    • Athlete made the 13-15 Canadian National Team
  • 2005

    Athlete that made the Canadian National B Team

  • 2003

    Gold in Team, Silver in Duet and Solo at Western Canada Summer Games - Team Alberta


Graduate, Masters of Arts (specializing in coaching), University of Alberta, 2006
  • University mentor coach, Sheilagh Croxon ChCP
  • University Advisor, Dr. Dru Marshall ChCP
  • Level 4 Mentor Coach, Leslie Sproule ChCP

Bachelor of Physical Education (with Distinction), University of Alberta, 2004

Certified Breath-Hold Safety Program, Performance Freediving International, 2013

EasyFlexibility Training Certification, Zaichik Stretching Technique, 2016

Certified Module ONE, Alixa Flexibility, 2018

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  1. Cherlyn Hanneman on December 3, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    We would like to find someone to choreograph a 13-15 solo for an unaffiliated swimmer.

    • Vanessa Keenan on January 28, 2015 at 1:09 AM

      Sorry for the late reply. Where are situated?

  2. Ully on January 25, 2015 at 3:06 PM

    Hi Vanessa, I’m glad I’ve found your website. I am mom of a 10-year-old synchro swimmer. My daughter and I learn a lot from your postings and links. Thank you for all the exercises and information put in your website. They are very useful resources.

    • Vanessa Keenan on January 28, 2015 at 1:09 AM

      I am glad you are both finding the blog useful. Let me know if you have any requests.

  3. Lea on January 30, 2015 at 4:18 AM

    Hi Vanessa, We had an athlete approach a coach tonight and told us she has no idea how to count or count to music. We are really struggling with teaching her how to count the beat or use the music rythm to count (she is 12&U, the music picked for their routine is not challenging whatsoever). Help!!

    • Vanessa Keenan on February 7, 2015 at 7:01 PM

      You could bring the music in to get a metronome beat put underneath the music to make it obvious what to count. Perhaps trying pointing out where some obvious beats are and what count that is. If it is a solo you could change the music. You could try clapping to music. In other parts of practice het her to do this to counts and music. For example, in dryland have music on and go to a certain beat where different swimmers count out loud. I have seen and coached two athletes who found counting almost impossible. it takes a lot of work and patience. I hope that helps.

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