Birthdate: February 8, 1994
Hometown: Calgary, AB
Residence: Montreal, QC
Member of the senior national team since: Fall 2012
2002 – 2012: Calgary Aquabelles (AB)
2008, 2009: 13-15 National Team Member
2010, 2011, 2012: Junior National Team Member
2018: Dollard Synchro (QC)
2012 – Present: Senior National Team Member
Claudia Holzner was in gymnastics when she saw the 2000 Olympic Games on television. After landing on her face multiple times on the beam and lots of begging her parents for a change, she finally made the move to synchronized swimming in 2002.
For her, “synchronized swimming is such an artistic sport. I love being able to perform for the audiences and feel the support from the crowd. It has given me the freedom to create.” During her free time, she likes to do arts and crafts, cook, hike, cycle and watch Netflix.
During her career, Claudia Holzner has been a member of the 13-15 National Team in 2008 and 2009 and the Junior National Team in 2010, 2011 and 2012. She began her Olympic journey in 2012 with the Senior National Team and has been competing with them ever since. In the summer of 2015, Claudia and her team competed at the Pan American Games in Toronto, bringing home a gold medal for Canada. In 2017, Claudia competed with Jacqueline Simoneau in the Duet events at the 17th FINA World Championships. In 2018, the Senior National Team became “decentralized”. Claudia and 3 other members of the 2017 team went to train with Dollard Synchro where they would compete in Teams, Solos and Duets. She competed with the National Team again in the summer of 2018 at two FINA World Series Events in both Team and Duet events.
In 2019, Claudia competed at 6 FINA World Series Events (Greece, Japan, China, USA, Canada and Hungary) where Team Canada became the first-ever FINA World Series Champions. From there she participated at her 4th FINA World Championships in Korea where she competed in 4 Duet events and 5 Team events. Claudia then finished off the season in Lima, where she won 2 GOLD medals in the Duet and Team and QUALIFIED for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo!
After many months of lockdowns, at home training programs, hundreds of kilometers of out of water training during the 2020 season, Claudia came back to the training center in Montreal, QC where she starting looking to the Olympic Games which had been postponed due to the pandemic.
Claudia and her duet partner, Jacqueline Simoneau, gave brilliant performances at the Olympic Games, scoring 3 personal best scores. Canada ended the Duet competition on a high, finishing 5th in the world and scoring 93 points in the Free Duet Final! After 3 days of duet excitement, her joy continued when the Team also had fantastic swims and scored personal bests in all events finishing 6th.