We are back to “synchro” and with a twist!
This year we will be visiting some clubs across Canada on our road to Tokyo!
When I started synchro – I know it’s Artistic Swimming now, but back then it was still just “synchro” 😉 – I was only ten years old when the 2004 Olympic Team did their “Road to Athens” tour of Canada and I remember being in AWE! It was such an amazing experience to train alongside them, meet them, talk to them, be coached by them…. I was just in awe of the team and I wanted to be just like them when I grew up…
Well here I am, 15 years later, on the 2020 Olympic Team and on my “Road to Tokyo”. After having such a memorable and unforgettable experience as a child, I wanted to be part of this experience again – just on the other side – and to my surprise, its happening!
Doing these upcoming club visits is a special reminder of why I dreamed about the Games so many years ago…. In my mind, Olympians were larger than life. Inhuman in a way – like my own version of Superheroes. By bringing the 2004 team to Calgary and by being able to speak to them and see them up close, it just made it seem so POSSIBLE. They were just like me, only a few years older.
I am so excited about these club visits because I know the impact it has on the next generation. My dream of competing at the Games was conceived from a number of moments, but this one always seemed to stick in my mind. I am so proud to share this special journey with the future of our sport and I hope that they too find similar inspiration through us, as I found it all those years ago!
We are currently travelling to Prince George and Winnipeg for our first two Club visits and will also be travelling to Newfoundland in November!
I hope that everyone is as excited as we are to be able to share this year with you!
See you soon!