Today I looked back on 5 years of epic memories, of the struggles and of the triumphs. I realize that I am so fortunate to be doing something I love. No matter how hard it has been, I am proud to be a member of the last Quad and hopefully this Quad will be even better! I have grown and learned from all of the trials and tribulations and I want more than anything to make my Olympic dream a reality.
This flood of memories comes from some recent troubles with my computer and having to transferring everything over to a new hard drive… So I’ve just been going through pictures and watching videos from past competitions, my years at the Aquabelles and my years with the National Team. It also comes from watching everyone at the Winter Olympics and the excitement I feel for my fellow Canadians!!! (GO CANADA GO!!!)
I realized that I really miss the experiences I’ve created with this team. I look at all of the pictures, the videos and the memories of World Championships, Pan Ams Games, Perfect, the Olympic Qualifier….. all experiences that I would have NEVER been able to be a part of without this sport, the support of my family and my stubborn personality driving me to continue. (HA!)
Inspiration doesn’t just come from watching the AMAZING athletes compete at the 2018 games, it also comes from looking at my journey these last few years and what I have gone through to get to where I am today. It puts into perspective how much I want this goal that I have been working so hard for! I have spent so much time holding on to the Qualifier and the heartbreak I felt not making it to the Olympics, but looking at all of the positive moments in my journey, the smiling faces, the tears of joy, and the energy we spent FIGHTING tooth and nail to go to the Olympics, it just inspires me to go on and be even better. More prepared, more driven, and more focused on the year ahead!!
P.S Our 1st competition is TOMORROW!! We have been training hard and have been doing our best to fit everything into our schedules so that we can be fully prepared! I am excited to debut a new solo and our new tech duet!! 🙂
What a weekend!! Such an incredible honour to be part of the Aquabelle 50th anniversary!!
Gabe and I have been Aquabelles since the very beginning and have been through it all together! From our 1st team, which was “the monster mash” (LOL how cute!), through to our 8 years as a duet and to now where we have achieved almost, but not quite all, of our goals in this sport. Looking back on the 15 years of synchro is filled with so many awesome memories and also so many amazing people we met along the way!
Our synchro careers have been shaped by a very important community here in Calgary, many of whom we had the privilege of seeing again this weekend. There are so many people we have to thank for helping us get to where we are today and for also giving us all of the opportunities we have been given. (Especially our parents: Michelle, Suzanne, Sigi & Max!)
Thank you to those who have supported us in the past and who will continue to support us in the future! Seeing all of your faces cheering as we performed our “Greatest Hits” duet was such a blast and it was so nice to be back together again as a pair!
Shout out to Courtenay for re-creating our 1st duet suit and thank you to everyone who came out to the premiere of “Perfect” in Edmonton and Calgary!! We are so proud to share this project with you!
Special thanks to Debbie for inviting us to perform and to anyone I may have missed!!
“Synchronised swimming is for girls. It’s for girls who can run a 400 metre sprint while holding their breath, and smiling. Perfect dives beyond the sequins and mascara to follow the Canadian synchronised swimming team through the most gruelling year of their lives as they battle for a spot at Rio 2016. This team of elite athletes will do whatever it takes to make it. They’ll suffer concussions, smashed vertebrae, fractured feet, broken noses, black eyes and dislocated knees. That’s because synchronised swimming is as much of a contact sport as football.
“You go out there, you kill. This is war,” trainer Meng Chen tells her girls before they compete. The biggest challenge for Team Canada is not their choreography nor their synchronicity, but their diversity. In a conservative sport like synchronised swimming, the definition of perfection is sameness. But Team Canada represents the country’s cultural diversity, which makes them the underdogs. The only way they’ll have a chance at their Olympic dream is to outswim and outperform the competition with a routine that totally blows the judges out of the water.
With unprecedented access to the team and their trainer, Perfect follows this determined, strong and hard working group of women in their quest to make it to the Olympics. From Montreal to Bratislava, Kazan and Rio, battling eating disorders, dislocated knees and crushing losses, these girls never give up. And more importantly, they never stop smiling.” – Description of “Perfect”
Click HERE to watch the Trailer for the movie about the Synchronized Swimming National Team, Premiering July 29th!!
Exciting news everyone!!! The documentary “Perfect” is about to make its debut here in Montreal! We still have about a month before premiere night, but the buzz is already beginning.
Jeremie Battaglia has been following this team for about 2 years now and the process has been incredible. We have made so many memories these last few years and to have someone there to record us in our most vulnerable moments was definitely a learning experience! This film shares our journey to the Olympic Qualifier and takes you through the most grueling year of our lives.
I am so proud to be a part of this project and I hope you enjoy the beautiful film we have created. “Perfect” premieres on JULY 29th and it is super important that we have a great turn out in the 1st week. This will lead to another week of showings and more opportunities for us to get it to everyone across CANADA!
Great things are happening!! We have made some incredible progress this week and I am so incredibly proud of the team. In 2 days we will be debuting our new ‘Fire and Ice’ Routine for all of our fans to see. We have taken a very different approach to creating this routine and we are hoping that you can see how hard we have worked as well as the depth we’ve gone to create something truly breathtaking.
Check out this short video…. Do you think we can draw you in???
Welcome to 2016. I haven’t written so much lately because, to be honest, sometimes we just get into a rhythm. By saying that, I mean that there is so much focus and concentration looking forward, finding ways to achieve our goals, we forget to stop and look at how far we have come.
These days, each training session becomes similar, simply because we are striving for perfection. The only way to achieve such goals is by repeating, repeating and….. repeating every second of your routine for how ever long that can take until you get each move to where you want it to be.
31 days. That’s all. I have waited 15 years for this moment and I am almost in awe of the
process. It has been a total of 3.5 years since my move to Montreal. Each year I have been taught something, whether that was learning how to cook healthy food for myself, doing the laundry without shrinking my clothes, understanding when to stand up for myself and when to take critizism, or just simply learning how to lead a team focus; I have grown. Or at least I’d like to think so!! In the beginning I spent most of my time thinking about how to stay on the team, to maintain a spot; now I think about how to make myself a contributing member to the team and how I can make a difference leading towards biggest competition of our lives. I never imagined what this year would be like and I don’t think I could have ever anticipated it.
Two words. Life Changing. I am no longer just a member of a team, I am on the team that is going to the Olympic Qualifier. I have brought myself to this point where all the focus can be on what the team looks like and how WE can improve, not just about the individual. Although individual improvement is very important because it inspires you to keep pushing for the ultimate goal, it will not bring an entire team to where they want to go unless you have a clear view of what the Canadian Olympic Team “should” look like.
Poised, powerful, strong, beautiful. Rio here we come, with all the fight we have left!!