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Della Cody

Category

Builder

Sport

Synchronized Swimming

Hometown

Fredericton

Year Inducted

1990

Sport Ambassador

builder

Della Cody

HONOURED MEMBER

Biography

Her association with synchronized swimming began at the Margaret Eaton School in Toronto in 1935, and continued during her undergraduate and teaching years at Mount Allison University. It increased in scope and intensity in 1958 when she began a whirl-wind decade of teaching skill courses, coaching competitive teams, helping to establish new clubs wherever an indoor or outdoor pool could be found, and in leading her New Brunswick team to the 1st Canada Winter Games in Quebec City. Her earliest work was with young swimmers; in 1980 she reached out to include in her pool of converts a group of senior citizens who belonged to The Fredericton Silver Dolphins. Coach, teacher, executive, sport historian, nationally accredited judge, Della Cody is acknowledged as the pioneer of synchronized swimming in New Brunswick, as well as the glue that bound her “synchro” creations together so successfully for the better part of half a century. Enrolled in the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame, June 2nd, 1990

Quick Facts

  • Taught the first synchronized swimming credit course at UNB in 1958 

  • Helped form the NB branch of the Canadian Amateur Synchronized Swimming Association and was its first president in 1966 

  • Coached NB’s first synchronized swim team at the 1967 Canada Winter Games 

  • Served as a competition judge from 1966-80 at the local, provincial, divisional, national and international levels 

  • Became New Brunswick’s first accredited national level judge in 1968