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This is about 20 hours late, but HAPPY CANADA DAY!! Yesterday we had our Send-Off Show for the Pan Am Games and World Championships! It was a great turnout. Almost every swimmer had someone to support them….. Some swimmers *cough cough* had around 15+ family members!! Either way, it was a great day for us.
We always have a show before we leave for big competitions, but this year it was especially important to have the opportunity to simulate our routines with full competition make up and suits. We felt pretty great about our routines, and by our video analysis this morning, we did have some great performances!!
Today was….. to say the least, challenging! We had a pretty tough workout…. and by workout I mean 4 hours of non-stop routine swimming. Days like today are quite frustrating. As an athlete you’re wondering, “why is she making me do this?”. Well, it’s to make you better, believe it or not. I am not going to lie, today sucked. Not in the sense that we didn’t have good swims, because after the ridiculous amount of work we did, we had some of our BEST swims to date!
The worst part is the pain you feel in your lungs and your legs after restarting your run through 15 times, but you have to do it!!! Because no matter how terrible you feel, your teammates are feeling the same. They are pushing their limits just as much as you are and they want to make it through the routine without having the coach stop the music… again. Now that I am thinking about what we accomplished today, I am proud, but in the heat of the moment I was not a happy camper.
Today, we pushed another limit. Tomorrow we will push it even more!! This team is so strong and everyday I see us becoming more of a family! By doing these intense, semi-crazy, training days we are building something so incredible. I believe we will be ready for these games and for Worlds! It’s our time to SHINE!
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!
For more details of our #TO2015 experience check out my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts using the links. Have fun and share, share, share!!
Here I am, just finished practice sitting on the bus typing out this little message to all of you. Knowing me this post wouldn’t be written once I made it home because I would end up passing out on my semi- comfy couch with my snuggie…. Which, in turn, would become a night of endless sleep and hibernation after a long day at the pool.
Now, I wanted to write a quick message to all of the people competing at the Canadian Open in approximately one week. It’s been a year since we’ve seen all of your beautiful faces and the time has come for all of us to be together again, to see friends, family and old teammates.
It’s always great to see the new “up and comers” who will compete for top spots in their age group. The future of synchronized swimming rests in your hands! Some of you may make the Olympic Team one day, others will continue to do synchro until their hearts content and others will become coaches, but either way synchro as a sport will have been changed by you and your cooperation.
Results are not nearly as important as a good swim. If there’s one thing I can tell you all before you go out to compete for your future it is to FEEL every second of your swim. Be present in the fact that your lungs burn, but your body hasn’t given up; your heart pounds with anticipation and fear, but there is still excitement! Enjoy!! These are the moments you will remember well past your synchro years.
Be fearless, live your passion and be the best person you can be.
Tomorrow is the start of our 3 day National Team Selection here in Montreal!! It’s going to be a tough couple of days, but we are feeling ready to bring our ‘A’ game and hoping that other applicants are ready to perform as well. It’s always a pleasure to see new talent coming up to reach for their Olympic dreams…
Good Luck to all athletes!! It’s going to be a great way to show what we have to offer as well as ensure some healthy competition!
So here’s an idea! A “Throwback Thursday” version of how I started my Synchro Career! Now….. Taking it way back to the year 2000.
I was in Gymnastics at the time, age 6, watching my favourite Olympian compete. His name is Kyle Shewfelt. The entire club was watching him at his 1st Olympic games. I remember the feeling I got when I saw the games on the big screen, goosebumps. I wanted to end up where he was, on the world stage! That’s when I first got my “Olympic Bug”. Within these Games, I saw Synchronized Swimming for the first time! They were AMAZING! I was in awe of the strength and beauty that came with this sport! It was effortless for these women and as every synchro swimmer knows, if it looks easy to the audience then we did our job! These athletes showed me that I could be powerful, successful and inspirational as a young women. Of course when I was 6 my only thought was “Mommy, I wanna do that!” But now I realize that this particular moment in my life was a very important one!! I knew right then and there that this is what I wanted to do.
After unfortunate events that caused my Gymnast career to come to a close (i.e. landing on my face every day) and 2 years of begging my parents for a synchro lesson, I finally got my chance!! I joined the Calgary Aquabelles in 2002.
10 years later, I made the Canadian Senior National Team.
There is so much to share with all of you from 2002 to Present Day, but for now here is how I started!