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!!
I have never known what heartbreak really feels like until today. My body, my heart and my mind are mourning a loss almost as great as a loss of a loved one. When I was young I only knew that the Olympics was a dream, something at the end of the road that I wanted to be a part of one day. That goal has been nurtured, fed and it has grown into something I believe in. I have spent the last 15 years working towards a dream that used to look so unattainable until now. There are no words to describe the disappointment I feel, yet also the pride!
After that “once in a lifetime” tech swim, everybody believed our olympic dream was reachable and to have lost it by 0.7 in the end is heartbreaking. We were so close… It will take a while for me to wrap my head around what happened here in Rio as well as how to deal with the waves of despair that will surely come my way, but I hope that with time I will be able to look back on this experience as one of triumph, not one of loss. It was truly an amazing last swim for this Olympic cycle; we are disappointed, but we will come back from this even stronger.
I have no regrets. I know that my team gave it all they had. We poured our hearts into those swims and we gave them a fight until the bitter end. We shined so bright and there is so many good things, even exceptional things, that have happened to us these last few months. Looking back on the last 4 years, I have lived a dream. Not many people can say they have travelled the world, competing with the people they love. It has been such an incredible learning experience to be a part of this team and I am truly grateful for the opportunities I have been given.
Thank you Canada. Your support has been such a beautiful piece to this journey. I have never seen this many people come together to cheer for one team and I am so proud to be part of a country that is so loving. I hope in the end, you know how much we fought for Canada to be in the Olympics. Thank you for your kind words of encouragement as well as your compassion. For me, the journey is not over. I will continue to swim for Canada, as long as you will have me, and I will be sure to bring what I have learnt here to the new girls that will join us in the future. With your on going support, we will come back from this knowing that our country is behind us and we will become the Olympians we deserve to be.
THANK YOU. Two amazing words that I must send out into the universe today after such a fantastic show of love and support for our team. We are so humbled to be living this journey and without all of you (beautiful people) we would not have made it as far as we have.
It’s difficult to really see everything that is happening behind the scenes every day, especially when you’re in your own little world at the pool 24/7. Our team has been working incredibly hard to make our dreams come true and sometimes we don’t think about how big our dreams really are! I mean, the Olympics; yeah we’ve been talking about it since we could speak, but what goes in to something this intense is much more than any of us could have imagined. Not the physical part, that we all expected, but how much of this dream depends on YOU, the fans, is so inspiring.
The amount of support we recieved yesterday was extremely motivational, to say the least. We are not only doing this for us, we are doing this for the next generation, for a love of the sport, for ALL of the people who have helped us get to this point in our lives. It takes a village and we are so incredibly grateful to be at the recieving end of it.
In the next few weeks, we will be taking the next step towards our Olympic Dream. We’ve got a tough road ahead of us, but our determination and passion for this sport will get us through anything that is thrown our way. Please keep us in your hearts and minds as we make final preparations for the Qualifier!
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!!
2015 has been an increcdible year, filled with many obstacles, ups, downs, and of course some of the most memorable moments of my life. It had it’s fair share of dissapointments, but just as equally it had
a great amount of joy. I could say that I would be even more satisfied if I had ended my synchro year with great results at Worlds, but there really is no point. Being bitter about the past does nothing but make you miserable… Looking back, I am not happy nor sad. I learned from the experience and that is all that matters, although gold at Pan-Am sure makes 2015 a year to remember.
This year has been one of education. I have been taught about
patience, teamwork, respect and have expanding horizon of new traits that will aid in my future, whether it is in the pool or outside of it. As many of you know by now, I am one of the team captains. At first I didn’t quite know how hard it would be to put myself out there, to place myself in front of a group of girls and lead them. I had to do a lot of adjusting! In the pool, I can adapt to everyone else within a matter of seconds, but when it came to being a leader for the team I had no clue how much of my personality I would have to calm in order to make sure everyone was comfortable. Let’s just say that my fiery ways are not always the best in leading a group of women. It took months for me to know what I was doing.
To understand how each athlete reacts in every situation (though I am still learning every day) and to see how positive a calm leader was to the team. I can’t say I have figured it all out because I believe that I still can improve myself to help the team grow, but as a group I am happy to see that we are meshing well and our primary focus is for the Olympic qualifier in 2016.
This year I started a new project; this Blog!! It has been incredibly helpful and fun to share with you ALL of the adventures we have been on! From Rio at the beginning of this year, through to the joy of Pan Am, the tough love in Slovakia and the struggles of Russia, this blog has given me another sense of purpose. I love sharing my life and what is going on with the team because I think it is SO important that we can have a support system that stretches beyond just Canada!
There is also another amazing project in the making and that is the Documentary that is being directed by Jérémie Battaglia (http://jeremiebattaglia.com). He has an incredible eye and has been with us through the entire of 2015, becoming part of the family as we head to the Qualifier! The film will focus on our training, our happy moments as well as some of the tough times as we prepare for the Qualifier and the Olympics. I am very nervous to see the final result, just because I will be reliving some of our most vulnerable moments as individuals and as teammates, but I know that he will do a great job!
Thank you for your support, if you would like to follow the blog please click the link in the side bar on the left! Wishing you all the best for the New Year and may 2016 bring even more spectacular moments!
This last month has been crazy. As most of you know, Team Canada has been training incredibly hard as we get ready for this years Pan American Games in Toronto and FINA World Championships in Russia.
We have changed our training plan quite dramatically, starting with increased strength and cardio sessions, flexibility sessions, as well as much more speed swimming. To add to the list, we have been testing our technical skills as well as learning new skills to keep us fit for the future. Last week, in just 3 days, we trained 36hrs.
It has been a great start to our season. Now that we are getting more fit, there are no signs of us “lightening up” heading into this year. The Olympics, though they seem far away, are just around the corner. Take into consideration that in just one year and 1 month from now we will be fighting to qualify for the Games! This is crunch time!!
Sending updates soon! Thank you for being patient, time is limited when you’re at the pool 12 hours a day! 🙂