Lola Shnayder Mazour

Lola_photo_headshotHigh Performance Coach 13-15’s

Lola has been coaching Artistic Swimming for more than 20 years. She has coached a wide range of levels and age groups at various clubs in Canada and abroad. Her athletes achieved many podium finishes in Canadian and International competitions. Her coach philosophy is: “Aim high, Work smart”

Lola began her synchro career in Ukraine, former Soviet Union and competed till Junior National Level. After her studies for Bachelor of Physical Education and Sport Science at the Wingate Institute, she established Synchro Club which became over the years one of the largest and most successful clubs in the country.

Over the next 15 years, she was Head Coach of Ashdod Synchro Club and served as Israel National Team Coach at the Junior and Age Group levels.

Lola has been coaching at Olympium Artistic Swimming Club since 2016, in both High Performance and Competitive programs with Senior, Junior, 13-15’s, 12U athletes and Masters. She also provides Mentorship to support coaches by nurturing the technical, tactical, and mental skills needed to develop future athletes.

Lola is LEN(European) Judge certified since 1999, FINA Judge certified since 2011.

Beside Synchro for most of the time, Lola is “MOM on the wheels” for her own 4 kids:-)

Stephanie Breitigam

Steph_pic-300x215High Performance Program lead and High Performance Coach

Stephanie first started coaching in 2001. Since then, she has coached a wide range of levels and age groups at various clubs throughout the province. In 2004, she initiated and developed the re-establishment of the Trent University Synchro Team, and competed with the team. She was the head coach of the Brant Synchro club for 3 years, and has been involved in multiple Synchro Ontario High Performance Camps. In 2013, Stephanie spent the summer developing a synchro camp, along with regular season programming for athletes on the island of Curacao. She is a provincial level judge, and continues to compete in the sport at the Masters level. She has attended 5 Fina Master’s World Championships over the years.

Steph continues to be involved in both the morning and evening programs. She will be coaching all HP programs along side our other HP coaches this season.


Vanessa Bessey

Pre-Competitive and Recreational Program Director

Vanessa began coaching in 2000. She joined the Olympium staff in 2012, starting out as the Evening Program Director and now moving into her new role as the Pre-Competitive and Recreational Program Director. Vanessa has seven years experience as head coach of the Brant Synchro Club. She has coached at all levels and age groups. She has also worked for Synchro Ontario at many of their High Performance Camps and travelled with Team Ontario on various occasions.

Vanessa has completed her first year of her Level Four at the National Coaching Institute and is a Level One judge.

In addition to coaching, Vanessa swam Masters for seven years while attending three FINA Master’s Worlds Championships.

Vanessa is either busy at the pool with our swimmers or busy at home with her three young daughters, all who have become little fish as well!



Jody Pilbeam

Jody_Pilbeam_pic-235x300Recreational Coach

Jody has an extensive background in swimming. She competed in synchronized swimming at a national level throughout high school and was also a member of the high school swim team. During university she was a swim instructor and a lifeguard. Five years ago she returned to synchro as a masters swimmer. She believes synchro is a great sport for young women as it is creative, while demanding mental focus, strength, and team spirit. She enjoys introducing the sport to young athletes, encouraging them as they learn new skills.

Diana Selemeneva


Evening Competitive Coach

Diana swam with OSSC for 5 years, 4 of which were on provincial teams. . In her first year coaching a team, she led OSSC’s 13-15 team to a gold medal at the Novice Championships. A recipient of the Amy Caskey Leadership Award, Diana will bring her outstanding leadership skills to our evening competitive program this season. She is a certified lifeguard; is working on her NCCP Introduction to Competition level and is fluent in three languages. She’s very energetic and loves to coach!