Today marks our last training session before Synchro Canada’s National Team Selection. Starting bright and early tomorrow, there will be 60+ girls competing at the Olympic Stadium.
This is the most we’ve ever had! Lots of the girls arriving are still in their junior age category which means that they will not be competing in our group, but they will for sure be watched as they are the FUTURE!
Newbies, enjoy the experience! It will, hopefully, push you to be the best you can be and I would love to see you fight for something you’re passionate about. You only get one chance at a first impression, so show us what you got!
This weekend I had a bit of an epiphany. I don’t generally have positive dreams about Synchro…. Its a lot of nightmares of forgetting the routine, doing insane workouts or getting to compete without my competition suit packed (which, embarrassingly, has happened to me), but this weekend I dreamt of Qualifying for the Olympics. I can’t shake this feeling of joy and a sense of passion for this sport which gives me goosebumps just thinking about it. It’s refreshing.
I can see it now. The 8 of us standing on the deck in Rio, waiting for marks that will decide whether we go to the Olympics or make other arrangements… I see the marks coming up showing us that we have made it! Tears, screams, maybe some hugging with shocked, but relieved faces. Even as I write this, there is a frog in my throat trying to keep down the tears. I can feel all the JOY that will come from all of our hard work.
I know I don’t make it easy, the girls can tell you that! I am tough and I ask a lot from my teammates because I know that we are good! We’ve got the talent, we have the chemistry, now we just have to practice like we want to perform at the Qualifier. We are capable of going to the Olympics! I know that if we play our cards right, we will be ready…
WE will do this for us, for the thousands of hours we have spent in the pool together, for the sacrifices we have made, for the people who have helped us get here and again FOR US!