At the pool in Calgary, the duet of Jaime Czarkowski (15) and Teah Hoffmann (16) of Calgary earned the gold medal with a stellar routine. The ladies qualified for the main finals with the second-best score. Entering the main finals atop the standings with a score of 76.3731 points, the girls delivered a flawless performance swimming to the Celtic-themed music for a score of 147.0731 for the gold medal.

“It’s honestly unreal. The whole feeling of being part of Team Alberta and getting the gold medal for Team Alberta is the coolest part. We wanted to come out today with more energy and have more fun to engage the audience and the judges – and I think we achieved that,” said Czarkowski.

Hoffmann added: “Our goal is always to do our best and try to win. We look at our video last night and saw what we needed to improve on today. We used the practice session to really work on what we had identified.”

“It’s such a sense of pride to compete in your own province, your own city, your own pool [at the Repsol Centre]. We feel like everyone has our back,” concluded Hoffmann.

Both Czarkowski and Hoffmann are members of the National Junior Team and represented Canada at the 2018 World Junior Championships.

The gold medal for the duet is the first gold medal for Alberta since 1995 and represents only the fourth duet gold medal for Alberta since the sport was introduced to the Canada Games sports program.