Chan, Normand, Tatham 2000 Syncronized Swimming Team

Chan, Normand, Tatham 2000 Syncronized Swimming Team

Erin, Kirstin and Reidun were members of the bronze medal Canadian Synchro Team at the 2000 Summer Olympic Games.  Their memorable routine highlighted eleven Olympic sports.  Originally, Erin, Kirstin and Reidun trained in Alberta and then moved in 1998 to train at the Center of Excellence in Etobicoke, Ontario.  They won a bronze medal at the 1999 World Cup and a gold medal at the 1999 Pan American Games in the team event.  Following a post Olympic tour in 2000, Kirstin and Reidun retired from the sport.  Erin competed at the 2004 Olympic Games and then retired.

Erin Chan's commitment to the sport was apparent at a young age when she moved with her family from Saskatchewan and joined the Calgary Aquabelles.  She made the National Junior Team at the age of 14, and with the guidance of Debbie Muir and Michelle Calkins, she climbed the rankings in the national scene.  While in Calgary during the 1990's, Erin and Reidun competed with each other in team and duet events and against each other in solo competitions.


Kirstin Normand's swimming career began in the early 1980's with the Edmonton Auroras club.   She made the national team at 17 years of age and was 25 when the team won Olympic bronze.  She was a natural leader and captain of the 2000 Olympic bronze medal synchro team.


Reidun Tatham started training with the Calgary Aquabelles in the mid-1980's.  She made her first national team in 1995.  She was a driven athlete who was relentless in her pursuit of getting on the Olympic Team.  Her work ethic and dedication to being the best paid off and she became an invaluable member of the national team.


Since competitive retirement, the three women remained good ambassadors of the sport.  Erin was a contract coach and periodically did some speaking engagements.  Reidun coached with the Calgary Aquabelles while completing her degree and gave a number of presentations at local schools.  Kirstin was a member of the Canadian Olympic Committee Mission staff for the 2003 Pan American Games, the 2004 Olympic Summer Games, and the 2006 Olympic Winter Games.  She was a Synchro Canada Board, Athlete's Representative from 2003-2005.  She also served as President with Olympians Canada - Alberta Chapter and was Vice President with Athletes CAN.