Elena Podolsky


13-15 FINA

OSSC Team Coach since 2005
Elena Podolsky came to Canada in 1990, bringing with her a degree in Physical Education from the University of Moscow and 8 years of expertise as Head Coach at the Central School of Sport Excellence in Moscow.

Elena coached at OSSC from 1990-1998. During these years she coached many teams who were successful at a National level. In 1998 Elena moved to Synchro Optima where she coached her swimmers to 1st place wins at Ontario Winter Games and National Competitions. From 1999-2005 she was Head Coach at Optima. Elena returned to OSSC in 2005. While coaching with OSSC Elena has had numerous swimmers named to the 13 – 15 and Junior National Teams as well as Provincial teams over the years, 1st placed team at Nationals in 2007, 2nd placed team in 2006 and 3rd place in 2005.

Elena has a NCCP Level 4 Qualification and continues to participate in Professional Development Courses to update and enhance her coaching experience. In 1996 Elena won the Susan Eon Trophy as the most promising new Coach in Canada and in 2001 she was runner-up for the prestigious 3M Coaching Canada Award. In 2012 she was awarded the Charlotte Tutte-Eyres Trophy. This trophy is awarded to a coach who reflects the philosophy of Charlotte Tutte, in developing Team spirit and enhancing growth of athletes as individuals and competitors. Over the years, Elena has made tremendous contributions to the sport of synchronized swimming, including the design and implementation of new training programs which she has shared with athletes and coaches from a number of different countries around the world including Australia, Cuba, Greece, Hungary, Korea, Malaysia and Slovakia.

Coaching Experience:

National Teams

2015 Assistant Coach, Junior National Team
2014 Assistant Coach, Junior National Team

2013 Head Coach 13-15 National Team

2012 Head Coach 13-15 National Team

2011 Head Coach 13-15 National Team

2010 Head Coach 13-15 National Team

2008 Head Coach, Junior National Team

2007 Head Coach, 13-15 National Team Camp

2006 Assistant Coach,  Jr. Worlds, Foshan, China

2004 Assistant Coach, World Championships in Moscow

Olympic National Team, Canada
2004 Consultant, Flexibility Program

Synchro Ontario

2013 Talent Acceleration Pilot Program
Canada Games 2003, 2007- Head Coach Team Ontario
2006 Provincial Senior Team Assistant Coach
13-15 National Team Trials Camp Conductor

National Team Slovakia
Training Camp

National Synchronized Team of Greece
Summer 2004 Coach Consultant of Greek National Team for Olympic Games in Athens