Synchronized Swimming Builder - Inducted 1995
Fran Heath joined the Edmonton Aquadettes in 1959 as a recreational swimmer. She began her coaching career in 1963 and in 1968 accepted the responsibility as head coach of the Aquadettes. She coached her team to provincial, regional, national, and international championships. Her swimmers competed at the 1975 Canada Winter Games where they won gold medals in both duet and team competitions.
In 1982, she helped to form the Alberta Masters Program for Adult Ladies to provide competition for the retired amateurs and to provide instruction for those who were new to synchro. The ladies became known as the Edmonton YWCA Aquadettes Masters and won medals at many competitions including gold medals at the 1985 World Masters Games in figures, solo, duet, trio and team championships.
Fran Heath received a Coach Recognition Award for outstanding contribution to the sport community in 1989; and, in 1992 she received a sport volunteer recognition award.
Fran has written two books on synchronized swimming called "Synchronized Swim Routine Choreography" and "150 Plus Floating Patterns". She retired from coaching and joined the Edmonton Aquadette Masters 50 and Over Team as a swimmer, competing in the provincial Masters Championship in April, 2000. Fran has also taken up watercolor painting. She continues her love for writing for a number of publications and newspapers.
1992 - Sport Volunteer Recognition Award Winner (Alberta Sport)
2004 - Edmonton Sports Hall of Fame