I know I have been absent in my writing and I apologize for that because there truly is a lot that I could write about, but I am looking at this blog and feel the need to revamp!
There have been a lot of changes in my synchro life, school life, life life (hahaha) that makes me feel the need to change my blogging technique as well! So I hope that that is something you will look forward to in the future and also please be patient with me until I figure out what I want this page to….. evolve to 🙂
Now for something more serious…. I just recently watched Icarus on Netflix, the link to the trailer for the film is HERE. It is about last years Olympics and the doping scandal that came with it….. I would say it is a “must see” and also an incredibly important film!
Last year while all of this was happening, as runner up for the Olympics, my team and I were waiting to see what WADA would decide, as were many Canadian athletes in other sports – some of whom would end up going to the 2016 Olympics… It is so deeply disturbing that doping is something that happens on a regular basis… all over the world I’m sure!
I don’t care who you are or what sport you’re in, clean sport and fair play is why the Olympics are so inspiring! It takes incredible people to push their bodies to such a high standard and for people to use substance to get ahead….. it just hurts my heart.
I have 15 years of hard work under my belt and have been tested enough times to know what is expected of me as an athlete in and out of competition.
This is a must see.
Today is officially DAY 1 of our Road To Tokyo!!! Watching Karine and Jackie make us proud in Rio was an incredible experience and we could not have hoped for a better performance from the two of them! We are so excited to hear about the entire journey from all of the experts who were in Rio with the girls.
Watching the Olympics was tough. It was hard because it is something you want to enjoy and watch with full commitment, like when you are young and ambitious about your future, but then the realization that we were basically there… just 0.7 away, sucks. It feels unfair and for a few moments you feel sad, but as soon you see your friends on TV kicking butt and winning medals, you start to realize that even the smallest thought of sadness is not worth it!
It’s the Olympics, there will be another chance! It’s all about coming together to watch our Canadian Athletes represent everything that you stand for and feel inspired by their stories, their struggles and their drive to achieve this ultimate goal. There were so many tears of joy during these games just knowing that I have met, spoken, and trained with most of these people. They have become my peers and I couldn’t be more excited of what they have achieved!
Our superstars have had the trip of their lives and in 4 years we will try to get that chance to live it as well. Each and every day is going to
be difficult and sometimes we will question everything that we have worked for, but in time it will be worth all the energy and the pain. This team has been through a lot, and with that there is a huge amount of fight in us. We will make this happen, we will be the Olympians we deserve to be.
I wake up at 5:30am almost every morning. At least on the days we start at 7am… I eat my breakfast and make some coffee because at 21 years old I already need a good cup of joe to start the day. Within 20 mins I have eaten, packed a bag and am on the bus. This is my morning ritual.
Unlike most paying jobs, I am at my workplace for 7-12 hours a day, 6 days a week. I don’t get paid overtime and I don’t make minimum wage, but I am doing what I love. This career, this opportunity, will only be around for the next 5 or 6 years of my life so why waste it worrying about having a “regular job” or planning a future that I don’t want to think about right now. I have to admit, my career beyond synchro is very important to me and I have a lot to accomplish before I die, but I need this once-in-a-lifetime moment to happen first.
Training is hard. Every minute of my day is physically and mentally demanding from the moment I arrive in the morning until I walk out those doors; I am on. Lets face the facts here, Synchro trains more than any other Olympic sport and we are currently training for something that is not guaranteed. It’s crazy to think that in about 4 months we will be fighting for a spot that will take us to the Olympic Games. 14 years of training for this one “make it or break it” moment.
I have no regrets. I might dislike some of the workouts I will do in the future, but at least I know that those intense, painful hours of my day will take me somewhere not very many people can go.
I want us to go out with a BANG! To fight with so much courage that nothing can stand in our way. I want us to be as amazing as the Woman’s Hockey Team in Sochi, who, above all odds, came back in the last 3 minutes with 3 goals to win the game. The people who inspire me to wake up every day aren’t just other athletes, they are the fiercest athletes!! I want us to fight with as much passion as Ronda Rousey when she’s going for a knockout in 30 seconds. It’s all POSSIBLE!!! Others have done it and we can to! Look at the smiling faces in this picture. Just by glancing at it you can see that our hearts are full of joy and a sense of accomplishment. THIS is why I do my sport. One day I will be able to say that I made it. That WE made it. It is going to be hard, no doubt about that, but it is going to be so worth it!
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!