It’s been a while since I’ve written a post! The last 6 weeks have been pretty nuts as you can imagine with training in Calgary – unexpected family emergencies and hospital visits – to then travelling to BC and California to compete with the National Team!
It has really been a crazy time and though I wanted to share more of the experiences we’ve had the last few weeks, there were more important issues that needed my attention during this time.
So now, after taking a few days off, having a healthy family and having some time to reflect, I am ready to share.
It has been a tough road, that’s for sure, but we are a new team and that means that we are still learning about each other and finding ways to thrive together. We had to make a lot of adjustments during the camp whether that was physically or emotionally, we did our best to move forward no matter what the situation was…. And I must say, this is the most positive group of young women I have worked with. From the beginning of our time together in January to spending the last 6 weeks together, the team took every challenge that was thrown at them with grace and made sure that everyone felt confident and ready to move forward. We became a family in a very short amount of time and supported each other in every way possible.
If there is one more thing I can say about this team it’s that they made me feel like a proud mom. Being one of the older members, I saw changes in each of them and observed their growth throughout our time together. Even on the last day when I asked them to pull out a swim better than they ever have, they showed me that they are fully capable of being a team that wants more and fights for what they deserve.
It will take time and we will come together soon to work on our routines again going forward, but I am so incredibly proud of my team. It has been a privilege to lead them and I know that the future holds great things for them as athletes and as human beings.