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Hey Everyone,

Its been a while since I’ve written anything here, so it’s about time that I share some stuff with you all!

Synchro is taking a step up! The team and I have been working really hard to finish choreographing new routines as well as get in the much needed volume/intensive training, necessary for Team Canada to be ready for the World Cup in October!  We don’t have long before we leave for our camp in Toronto…. 17 days to be exact!

Our routines have taken a giant leap since the last time we’ve competed! Lots of new and exciting changes that we can’t wait for everyone to see!  World Cup is a huge stage for us to compete at, plus the added bonus that it’s in our home country this year! It’s going to be a great experience for all of us and I am proud that I get to share it with you.

Here is todays “Quote of the Day”

“This is a hurdle and hurdles are meant to be jumped over. In the end you will be ok.” 

Much Love,

C

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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

Hey Everyone!!

1st I’d like to say a big thank you to the people who have been checking out this blog! All of you inspire me to speak my mind and love what I do. Its hard to be an elite athlete sometimes, but knowing that people care and support you; well its the icing on the cake. I will continue to write to you and keep you posted on training, events and everything leading to the World Cup in Quebec City, so please stay tuned!!

Now, time for business! The Canadian Senior National Synchronized Swimming Team took on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge today!  We had tons of fun preparing this after our practice, but most importantly we know how great a cause this is.  ALS is heartbreaking and needs all of the attention it can get! Please do your part in spreading awareness and DONATE HERE!!! The Ice Bucket Challenge does nothing if we don’t give what we can to help the people who need it most.

Here is Team Canada doing our part! Remember, “Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give.” ― Ben Carson

Much Love,

C

Photo Shoot

Hey!

It’s been a while since I’ve written a post, and today is the perfect day to update you on life at the pool.

photo shoot

We had an all day photo shoot with Make Up Forever and Synchro Canada!  It was an exciting event for all of us.  It consisted of arriving early at the Make Up Forever Headquarters in Montreal, getting all “dolled up” by our amazing artists and then getting our pictures taken both in and out of the water.

underwater

This was my first underwater shoot!! Of course at the beginning I was nervous and wanted everything to be perfect, but once I got in the water and understood what I wanted from myself, the photos looked great!  The lighting itself was just spectacular! I have to send a huge thanks to everyone who participated in making this possible, it was a great day!

All of us had a team and individual underwater photo as well as a team shot out of the water, ending with a fashion shoot!! This project is definitely one that we are going to remember and hopefully we can get some good prints to show to the public in the future!!

(Just a little Preview!!)

Happy Hump Day and keep smiling!! After all, you have to cherish every moment, you never know how many more you’ll get!

Much love,

C

#THROWBACK to Worlds

Hey Everyone!

Today’s post is a very special one.  My first year on the Canadian Senior National Team was interesting to say the least!!

Worst case was a Concussion mid-season of 2013.  This is something that I have become very familiar with, having had 3 head injuries from 2010 to 2013.  My 1st caused me to be out of the water for 3 months, ultimately needing to be re-taught all of the basic synchro skills.  I started training again and about a month later received my 2nd concussion.  This one was minor, only causing me to be out for 2 weeks.  During this time, although I had some large obstacles to overcome, I set some huge goals.  I went on to win all 5 events at the National Championships in 2011 and 3 of 5 events at the Championships in 2012.  Also making the Canadian National Junior Team and the Junior World Championship Team in 2011 and 2012, respectively. Going on to achieve my ultimate goal, making the Senior National Team!

In 2013 I received my latest concussion, causing me to be out of training for a couple weeks.  I had an AMAZING medical staff with Synchro Canada, who gave me all the tools I needed to be prepared to swim full-time again.  (And SYMPTOM FREE!!!) Which I hadn’t been for over 2 years! I was happy, healthy and ready to compete.

In summer of 2013, we arrived in Spain for the World Championships in Barcelona.  At this point, I still didn’t have a spot to swim.  Just 2 weeks before competing, I received confirmation that I would be performing in the Combo Event!  This was my 1st swim with the Senior National Team and it blew my mind!  17,000 people were in the stands to watch the best in the world compete.  I remember walking out to the stage and saying to myself, “Calm, you can do this.  Breathe.”

The announcer said, “Team Canada!!” and we were off.  Here is the most amazing experience I have had on the world stage.  So proud to be Canadian!!

I also have to share with you that my MOM is at the very end of the video waving the Canadian Flag, clearly very happy!! An unforgettable moment for my family!

Enjoy and thanks for reading!!

Love,

C

Mondays

Hey Everyone!!

Back to work!!! I hope you all had a fantastic Monday, I know I did! Back in the beautiful outdoor pools of Parc Jean Drapeau in Montreal, life is good.  Apart from burning my face today in the scorching sun, the training was a success; filled with laughs, improvements and best of all a huge audience.

Parc Jean Drapeau is a public pool, something we are not used to as Centre of Excellence athletes.  Normally our pool, in any other venue, is away from the public eye.  This gives us the privacy to work efficiently and without distraction. But on occasion, a crowd of cooing spectators is just what we need to keep our spirits alive and help us know that we truly are the best team in Canada.  It brings us joy to see how much you, the fans, care and love this sport!

Although today was a great day it was also a tough day.  It was our 1st day after the weekend (the dreaded Monday), as well as our 1st day back on our 6:45am – 6:00pm practices.  It was long and hot out there, but we were focused on our goal and ultimately we came out of the water happy with our performances.

We were also graced with the presence of our superstar teammate, Jacqueline Simoneau, who has just come home from the Junior World Championships in Finland!  She made us proud by WINNING the figure event and then later receiving a SILVER medal for her performance in the Solo event.  Global News reported her story of the Worlds as well as training with us on Team Canada. Congrats Girl!!

Jacqueline Simoneau Interview, Global News

Please check out her interview, and ENJOY!!

Love,

C

Sunday Funday

Hey everyone!!

Hope you are all having a fantastic weekend! It’s a beautiful day here in Montreal. Spending the day relaxing at the best place, Mont-Royal. The Tam Tams are an amazing experience; so lively and fun. A “must see” if you are ever visiting this beautiful city!

Enjoying this day off before going to train tomorrow!

Have a great day with your family and friends!

“Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” -Marthe Troly-Curtin

Love,

C

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#throwbackthursday

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.

Baby Synchro

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.

Combo World Championships 2013

 

 

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!

More to come!

Love,

C

 

 

A Date to Remember

August 5th, 2014….

This marks 2 years until the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro!!!

It’s amazing to think that we are halfway to our ultimate goal.  Since I have come to the Centre of Excellence, this group has evolved!! We started as a team from all different cities and coaching styles, blossoming into a family who love and respect each other; ready to work towards the common goal.  We have talked about this for so long, but we are finally at this point in the journey.  It’s incredible!!

TWO.   YEARS.   TO.   GO.

2 years

To my girls,

I remember when we 1st talked about this Olympic Quad.  We were a brand new team with so many obstacles to overcome.  Honestly, I think all of us were even a little scared to imagine that one day we would be the team that needed to fight for that spot at the Olympic Games.  All of us have worked so hard, decades, for this one moment that could ultimately change our future and the future of Canadian Synchronized Swimming.  Girls, look at how far we have come in the last 2 years!!  Its an uphill battle and it always will be, BUT REMEMBER, together we can move mountains!!  This is not an unrealistic goal, its possible and always has been possible.  All we need to do is push, together, as an unstoppable force toward those Olympic Qualifiers!

Love you always,

C

P.S  Special shout out to my amazing dad for his Birthday today!!! Love you! Thank you to you and mom for making this possible and never letting me give up on my dream! xo

WELCOME

Hello Everyone!

Welcome to my first post on my new website!! I’m very happy and excited to be sharing my world with you.

If you haven’t checked out my “About” page, here is a little “tid-bit” of info on me and why I’m writing to you.   My name is Claudia Holzner and I am a member of the Canadian National Synchronized Swimming Team.  For the last 13 years, I have represented my club, my city and now my country as an athlete.  Two years ago I tried out for the Canadian Senior National Team (aka The Olympic Team).  I left my family, my friends, my boyfriend and my city behind; moving to Montreal to see if I had what it takes to make this goal a reality.  So I guess now the rest is, as they say, history!

The soul purpose of this blog is to help you, the fans and the public, share this journey with me!  It has been a long road of ups and downs but it’s finally time for me to share these moments with you.

Being here, becoming my own adult, has taught me to love myself, my body and my mind.  This life is not for the faint of heart and if there is one thing you take away from this blog, it’s that life is beautiful and we are blessed to be living it.  Find your eternity in each moment.

Live the life you want to live, not the life you were meant to live.

With Love, xo

C