Worlds

Hey Everyone,

It’s been a busy few weeks to say the least. Right after our amazing experience at the Pan Am Games, we were immediately brought back down to earth with a training camp in Bratislava, Slovakia. This camp had to be one of the hardest things I’ve done in my synchro career; physically, mentally and emotionally. It was like Vegas Week on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’….. And if you have never seen that show, it was hell. 

Meng pushed us to the edge and by the end of day one we all knew that this was going to be the hardest 5 days of our summer. Honestly, I expected it to be crazy, but it was worse than I imagined. It’s hard to be positive about it because at that point I just wanted to wipe it from my memory (and also why I never posted anything about it), but it paid off.  

 Trusting the coach is the key to days like this. I’m pretty sure by day 3, I thought she was trying to kill us. But she was right. This training camp changed my World Championships in a way I could never have thought possible. I am generally a very nervous, stressed competitor. I always feel like I will forget a move or make a mistake, which is not a thought you want 10 seconds before you walk onto the deck, but this competition has been the most fun I’ve had in a long time.

There came a point in my career that I started to dislike competing because the nerves would take over and I wouldn’t enjoy the moment as much. This year has changed that! 1st of all, competing at Pan Am in front of a home crowd was so gratifying. The swims itself were very hard, physically, but I loved every second I had in the water. It was an experience that I can’t even fully describe on paper. I loved every minute of it, even the pain I was feeling made this dream-like event so real.  

Gold medal swim @ Pan Am
 
Worlds, on the other hand, has been by far one of the easiest competitions I’ve had. The swims have felt amazing and I am having so much more fun than ever before…. Probably due to the fact that I’m not thinking about how much pain I’ll be in; thanks to hell week in Bratislava. We are so ready!! I don’t think this team has ever felt this together and this determined to prove how great we truly are!! 

It has been inspiring to be a part of such an incredible journey. Whether the marks are high or low, we will fight till the bitter end. We have come so far these last few years. This is my family; my home. I am so thankful to have been given the chance to swim with this team and to share a full array of emotions with these girls. We are warriors ready to fight a battle. We can not be any more prepared for these last few swims than we are right now and I believe that we can truly be proud of what we have achieved here.  

Tech Team @ Kazan 2015
 
In the end, it’s not about the marks. It’s about us and how we have improved as a team. We are Team Canada and we are champions. 

– C

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Day 3 

Hello Everyone!! 

Looks like there has been a BOOM in the amount of people reading this blog, which is fantastic! I hope you enjoy our road to Rio, as well as our exciting experience here at the Pan Am Games! 

Moving on, Day 3 is complete!!! As an athlete it’s hard to always see the good things because we are always trying to be better, but this week has been great! 

Last October we were the 1st people to jump in this new pool! We experienced the opening of the facility as well as our own debut as a team. Since then we have been working incredibly hard to improve each and every day… And I must say, we have. This is OUR pool! We may not train here everyday, but we were the 1st athletes in the water one year ago and we are proud to be representing our country in a facility that we can call home. 

Here is a Short Video of our 1st experience at the TPASC! 

Tomorrow we will start our events for the Pan Am Games! We have Tech Duet and Tech Team, both of which we are becoming very confident in our performance. This is our time! Personally, I can not wait to get out there and hear the roar from our Canadian fans! Thank you for supporting us this far, now it’s time for us to show you exactly how hard we want this! GO CANADA!!!!! 

  

Just a few minutes ago a few of us went to the Welcome Ceremony for the Canadian Athletes at the Village… Such a fun experience! It’s finally happening. What we just witnessed makes the Games real and makes it feel as though all 700 (+) of us are in this together!!! Let’s do it Canada! Go for GOLD!!!! 

   

Live Feed for the events will be on www.cbc.ca/panam. Check it out for results and other fun information on our team and our fellow Canadian athletes! We are tougher than we look: Click Here for more!!! 

– C

We have arrived! 

Hello from Toronto!!! 

Yesterday Team Canada arrived in the village for our 1st day at the Pan Am Games! It was exciting, to say the least! The Synchro girls received our very own TownHouse. All of the 9 members of our team will be staying in one house together; meaning that we will be able to stay 100% connected throughout this incredible experience!   

Day 1: Arrival
 
 From there we had a meeting with our Chef de Mission, Curt Harnett, and other members of our support team to go through the protocols for the village as well as OUTFITTING!! We received a huge suitcase full of Canada Gear that we will wear everywhere during the Games. It’s like Christmas! The buzz around this whole team is so infectious. We have been smiling, laughing and repping our gear proudly as we walk around the village to meet other athletes of all nationalities!  
After a very eventful day of exploring the amazing facility TO2015 has given us, we move towards Day 2 with open arms. 

Day 2

As you could have probably guessed, yesterday was a big day for all of us and I just couldn’t get myself to sit down on the computer to type…. There was just so much to see! So naturally, I’m writing this on the bus coming from our competition venue after a great day of media sessions and training.  

 Synchro, as of this morning, was the 1st sport to be interviewed in these Games. We had a fun, very natural session with journalists; just to get the word out about our sport and our potential for the 1st GOLD medal of TO2015!!! Alexandre Bilodeau style!  

” Try to be serious”
 We received some great questions about our training, the pressure of a second consecutive gold, our connection as a team and how we keep this journey something that we look forward to on a daily basis. I don’t think people fully understand how tough our job really is, but by spreading this message we will hopefully be recognized as the elite athletes we are…. Not just a sport that looks good.  

 Training today was a success. We had a great Monday practice and with that brings some extra confidence and excitement. We have a long day ahead of us tomorrow, therefore I conclude that it’s time for bed!!! Good night all!

– C 

Canada Day

Day 179

7 Days until #TO2015

Hello Everyone!!!

This is about 20 hours late, but HAPPY CANADA DAY!! Yesterday we had our Send-Off Show for the Pan Am Games and 11655121_10153165239252928_1834633805_nWorld 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!

– C

P.S 400 days to go!!!