July 26, 2018: Statement – Synchro Swimming Community Mourns Loss of Julianna Kozis
July 25, 2018: The entire synchro family community is deeply saddened by the sudden death of Julianna Kozis. Julianna was a bright light and we are struggling to find the words to express our deepest condolences to Julianna’s family and friends. At this time, we ask the media to respect the family’s wishes to privacy. Our club will not be providing any further comment at this time.
July 24, 2018 at Markham, Ontario: On behalf of the Markham Synchro Club, Ontario Artistic Swimming and Synchro Canada, we are profoundly saddened by the untimely and tragic death of one of our very young artistic swimmers. Julianna Kozis, at 10, died tragically on Sunday evening, during the Danforth shooting. Julianna was a beautiful, aspiring athlete who was in her third year in our sport and swam this past season at the Markham Synchro Club as a Provincial Competitive 10U athlete.
We ask that you join us in extending our thoughts and prayers to Julianna’s family, friends and to the entire artistic swimming community, as we offer them our full support during this tragic time.
We request that ALL media inquiries be directed to and coordinated through this email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that this is a traumatic event for many of us and we are committed to working through this in a thoughtful and responsive manner. Please allow us to continue to work through this process in an open, compassionate and thoughtful manner, with full respect for the needs and wishes of the family. More details as we prepare for the days ahead will be released as available.
With sincere thanks,
Alacoe MacTavish, President, Markham Synchro Club;
Mary Dwyer, Executive Director, Ontario Artistic Swimming;
Jackie Buckingham, CEO, Synchro Canada