Today marks ONE WEEK before we leave for the Pan Am Games!!! I think I can speak for the rest of the team when I say that we are very excited to compete in Toronto. These are our games and we are so happy to be celebrating our achievements, thus far, with our home country. It is going to be a very BIG, very exciting experience for us. Most of this team has not competed at a Pan Am Games, so we are going to soak in every minute of it.
I think it’s very fair to say that we have had our share of ups and downs this year. Like any team, we have been working out the kinks and have been striving to make our routines ones that the audience, and the judges, will remember… Over the last 175 days we have become so much more of a unit; One team that will compete together and win together. Whether that is a gold medal around our necks or the satisfaction of having a “best swim”, we will be smiling. I am proud to say that these girls are my family and every day they show me how strong they are. As a group, we can move mountains.
Heading to Toronto soon, I would like to say a quick thank you to everyone who has supported this journey. The coaches and athletes could not have made it this far without our tremendous staff of experts and of course the family and friends that keep us sane on a daily basis. Your listening ears…. well, reading minds, that keep this blog filled with viewers is an inspiration in itself. So THANK YOU!!
Now, go share!!! Share our journey with your friends and family! Throughout the Games we will be working with our photographer to keep this blog up-to-date; filling it with photos, videos and info from inside the Village, Competition Venue and all other amazing things, such as the Opening Ceremonies!! If you aren’t following this blog yet, now would be an exciting time to start!
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WOW!! How the time has flown!!! Today marks 20 Days until we compete at the Pan Am Games in Toronto! Recently, the buzz surrounding the Games has been incredible. We have heard so many positive things about the ‘New and Improved’ Sport Centre as well as amazing things about the people who are making it all happen. Canada has a fantastic team behind us; whether its volunteers, organizers, athletes, coaches, support staff….. Let’s just say, we have been blessed!
Training has been going pretty well! This week we did some taper, meaning that our intensity has not decreased, but the amount of volume has. These last couple of days our main focus has been doing our routines on demand. We have done the work….. which is an understatement….. and now we are ready to focus on the task at hand: Doing one AMAZING swim!!! We are pushing each other to the limit and with that we are starting to trust that WE are ONE TEAM, ready to compete at these Games. I am so proud to be a Canadian Athlete and I can’t wait to share this moment with our friends and family on home soil. This is going to be a BIG stepping stone to our Olympic Journey. As the TO2015 Chef de Mission, Curt Harnett, would say: “The road to Rio passes through Toronto.”
One last note, each day on our 50 day countdown to the Games we read a note… It can be a quote, athletes words, or an inspiring message…. Today’s was “Individually you are a drop of water, but together you are an ocean”
As you all know, the Pan Am Games are approaching very quickly leaving us no time to catch our breath.
Yesterday all athletes, coaches and the rest of the ‘behinds the scenes’ team for TO2015, took some time to smell the roses. We were given a much needed, very inspiring orientation about past experiences, Olympic Journey’s and much more! It gave us the chance to meet our fellow Canadian Athletes and share our ‘Game Plan’, which is an integral part of our future success at these Games and the next.
Listening to our Chef de Mission, Curt Harnett, and other athletes speak about their experiences was amazing. Their inspiring message taught us to be prepared for any situation.
The Olympics is something we have been dreaming about since we were small kids; we have a vision in our minds of how it’s supposed to go, but as we all know, things don’t always go as planned. We must be prepared for anything that comes our way. Whether that is that the bed is too hard, the training wasn’t ideal, there’s more traffic to the competition facilities than usual etc etc… So what are you going to do??
All I can say to that is: CONTROL THE CONTROLABLE. You can’t change whatever challenges you may face at different international competitions, but you can control YOU! Take it into your own hands, knowing that you have done everything to get to this moment and that nothing will get in the way of you and a potential podium finish. We are One Team and together we are Canada Strong!
We are so excited to compete in front of our family and friends, see you soon!!!!