I just want to address the elephant in the room.
I was asked recently to make a motivational speech to one of Canada’s Artistic Swimming Clubs and it got me thinking. I have been quiet… Maybe to deter panic or to just find out what is happening before I say anything, but now that so many people are facing challenges with cancellation of events etc. I wanted to share a part of my speech in the hopes that I can help the community around me – even though I am at home in self-isolation…
I know that this is stressful situation and a crazy time for everyone around the world. I also know that there are so many questions and so much uncertainty for athletes, but the truth is that all we can do right now is stay calm.
Our competition season is in question. As of now we know that two of the World Series events have been cancelled – Greece and China – and now we are waiting on dates for the other competitions, all of which have been postponed so far. With information coming in slowly, we are going to prepare for our competitions regardless and are adjusting to the changes that will have to be made for the future. Again, the situation is out of our control, so we need to be flexible at this time.
As of now, the team and I are self-isolating at home with our families, but we are continuing to work hard by running, cycling, doing yoga, pilates, flex and other strength workouts that we can do at home.
I know many athletes have been affected by this virus. Not just in the international community but for us here at home too. I know that the Canadian Qualifier competition has been cancelled (along with many others) and I just want to tell our Artistic Swimming community that it’s ok. Please be kind to yourself. You have done an amazing job thus far to prepare for these competitions, so let’s celebrate that! Take this time to congratulate yourself for all of your hard work and remember that your work is not wasted! Try some new activities – visualize your routines, nurse some injuries you may have, do flex, work on your knees and feet or even try some yoga (there are lots of apps that are offering free yoga until April 1st – try Down Dog!). There are so many things you can do to keep your body and mind healthy!
This is a tough situation for all of us, but again just focus on what we can control. Stay active, protect our loved ones and friends by washing our hands often, limit contact with those who could be more susceptible and listen to reliable sources!!
I am sending all my love to people around the world and I hope that this little blog calmed some nerves.
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