Meet Claudia

Hey!! So today’s bio is yours truly! Here is some of the information you may not know about me!

Hi everyone!

For those of you who don’t know me my name is Claudia, which can be pronounced Clo-dia, Cloud-ia, Claw-dia, or Pod-ia as the kids like to call me….

I have been a member of this Senior National Team since 2012 and this is my 15th year of Synchro! I have had some incredible moments these past 4 years competing at the 2013 World Aquatics Championships, 2015 Pan American Games, 2015 World Aquatics Championships, 2016 Olympic Qualifier and many more in betwe
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I started synchro at the age of 8 after watching the 2000 Summer Olympics. I trained at the Repsol Sport Centre with the Calgary Aquabelles for 10 years before making the big move to Montreal to pursue my Olympic Dream.

While I was training with the Aquabelles, I also had the opportunity of going to St. Mary’s High School CCSD as an honour roll student and started my 1st year of Nursing at Mount Royal University. I am now at Concordia University as an independent student studying french and business… Still deciding on what I want to be when I grow up 😜

Some interesting facts about me:
– I have a mini statue of Barney that I take with me to every competition…. a good luck charm with a long story behind it….
– I am going to be 23 in exactly 2 weeks today!
– I understand German and can speak it well when in dire need 😉
– I can plug my nose with my lip
– I have a different handshake/pre-competition ritual with each coach I’ve had

For those who haven’t had the chance to follow me on social media you can follow me on:

Facebook: Claudia Holzner
Instagram: @claudiaholzner
Twitter: @claudiaholzner
My blog: https://aquaevitae365.com/

Hope to hear from you soon! xo

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Meet Andree-Anne

Welcome our newest member to the Senior National Team!! The translation seemed very weird, so it will be the 1st french post of the season 😉

Salut tout le monde!

Je m’appelle Andrée-Anne, j’ai 18 ans et je viens de St-Georges-de-Beauce. J’ai commencé à nager avec le club Synchro Chaudière-Appalaches à l’âge de 6 ans. Après avoir participé à ma première compétition internationale en Belgique à seulement 11 ans, j’ai décidé de déménager à Québec pour pouvoir poursuivre dans le sport au niveau élite. J’ai nagé avec Synchro Élite (maintenant Québec Excellence Synchro) pendant 6 ans.

J’ai étudié tout mon secondaire dans le programme sports-arts-études de l’école Cardinal-Roy. Ensuite, j’ai commencé mes études collégiales au cégep Garneau. J’étudie présentement au collège Ahuntsic.

Je viens tout récemment de me classer sur l’équipe nationale senior qui s’entraine au Stade Olympique de Montréal. Je suis très heureuse de commencer cette nouvelle expérience. La synchro m’a permis de voyager à travers le monde et de visiter de nombreux pays dont la Finlande, la Russie et le Mexique, et j’espère en découvrir plusieurs autres.

Sinon, j’aime bien écouter Netflix, faire des siestes, manger des mcflurry au oreo et passer du temps avec ma famille et mes amis.

Vous pouvez me suivre sur facebook ou instagram @andree_anne_cote 🙂

Au plaisir de vous rencontrer bientôt 🙂

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Bell Lets Talk

Hey Everyone!

Today is Bell Lets Talk day!! Everyone knows that there is a huge problem when it comes to the stigma surrounding Mental Health…. but why is it necessary?? It’s OK not to be OK. The world, and life itself, is so full of challenges. We should be creating a way for people to open up about those problems; they shouldn’t have to keep it bottled up inside them until an array of emotions explode!

Life is about, loving, giving, sharing and enjoying all of the things you go through. Whether you are struggling or succeeding, life is something to celebrate.

Make the people around you feel loved. Make them feel heard. You don’t even have to say a word, just listen.

Please help end the stigma and use your influence to help others do the same! Use the hashtag #BellLetsTalk, TURN OFF IMESSAGE, text text text, call, view THIS VIDEO with Howie Mandel and many more! There are so many ways to participate!

Time is running out so GO GO GO!!!!!

Click HERE to find out more!

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Meet Gabe

Hey everyone!! Today we are going to introduce Gabe 🙂 My duet partner of 8 years and my teammate for 15 years!! 

Hi! My name is Gabriella Brisson, or just Gabe as many of you know me. I’m 22 years old and am in my 16th year of swimming. 11 of those years were spent with the Calgary Aquabelles before I moved to Montreal to be on this team! 

I am currently one of two team captains which so far has been a welcome challenge and an awesome experience! With this team I have had the opportunity to travel all over the world and represent Canada at some major International competitions including the 2015 FINA World Championships, the 2015 Pan Am Games, and most recently at the 2016 Olympic Qualifiers in Rio last spring! 

I was an honour roll student every semester at St. Mary’s High School CCSD and am now a straight A student at Concordia University. I’m not studying anything specific right now, but rather studying because I love to learn and I need to satisfy my curiosity! From earthquakes and volcanoes to music and film, I’m testing out what path I might want to follow after my synchro career. 

If you’re looking to fill up your social media feed with more synchro and silly things, follow me on Facebook: Gabe Brisson and Instagram: @gabebrisson

I really look forward to keeping in touch with you guys and I wish you the best synchro season!

Meet Gab

Up next we have Gabrielle Boisvert!

Hello,

My name is Gabrielle and I’m 22 years old. I first started synchro because I was afraid of water and swimming was not for me. I started my career in synchro at the SynchroÉlite club in Quebec City and stayed there for 14 years. While swimming, I was in Sport-Etude from Elementary school up to University. I am currently studying Kinesiology at UQAM. I have also coached athletes of all ages for 7 years.

This is my 2nd year at the center of excellence and I had the opportunity to go to the 2015 world championship in Russia.

Outside of the synchro, I like to knit, draw, spend nice evenings among friends and go for a walk in the wood to change my ideas.

If you ever want to follow me or contact me:

Facebook: Gabrielle Boisvert

Instagram: @gabboisvert

Thank you and look forward to seeing you in the future !!!! 🙂

Meet Janelle!

Hey Everyone!!
Over the next couple weeks, we will be presenting to you the members of the Senior National Team for the 2017 season!

We will start things off with Janelle Ball! Here’s what she has to say:

Hey everyone ! 🙂

So those who know anything about me know I’m terrible with social media (and email :p), but here I am creating my very own post to present myself! Pretty amazing haha

My name is Janelle, I am 24 years old, and I was born and raised in Montreal. I started my swimming career in the West Island Outdoor pool system as a 6 year old at Glenmore Pool, and quickly took up winter synchro at Dollard Synchro, where I swam from the age of 6 to 18. Growing up, I was able to train and compete at an elite level year round, while going to school thanks to the amazing Jrhs Sport-Etudes program.
This is my 6th season at the Centre of Excellence, and the I have had many amazing opportunities to travel and compete internationally representing Canada.
Most recently, I took part in the Olympic Qualifier in Rio de Janeiro. Thinking about the support we felt from our country leading up to that competition still gives me goosebumps.

A couple random things about me…

My favourite colour is pink, I am fluent in sarcasm, and I love tiny dogs (yes, the kind that many people consider to be rats).

You can follow my extremely inactive social media accounts here :

Twitter : @janelleball
Instagram: @balljanelle

Thanks for taking a couple minutes out of your day to get to know me a bit better 🙂

Look forward to seeing a bunch of you in the near future ! janelle

 
Stay tuned for more from the National Team as we introduce the girls and make our preparations for the year to come! It’s going to be a doozie!!!
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And so it begins! 

Good morning! 

It’s a snowy, dark morning here in Montreal as I walk out of my apartment for the 1st time of 2017. I don’t think I’ve had to wake up this early for almost 9 months. The only reason I would ever decide to stand on the sidewalk, waiting for the bus to arrive on a day like today, is Synchro! It’s DAY 1 of 2017 and of the next Olympic Quad! 

As I look back on my Christmas Holiday, for the 1st time in 4 years, I feel truly satisfied. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve made myself a life here or if it’s just because I really had a thorough visit with my family and friends back home, but I feel good; excited even, to get back to training with this team again. 

I remember this day 4 years ago. There was maybe 5 of us who came from the same generation of athletes and we were so young!! Imagine moving out of your home (which all of us had to do) at 18, finding an apartment and being told on day 1 that you are training for the Olympics. It’s a surreal feeling to sit there at that age and know that your spot on the team is never guaranteed, but you have to train and compete like you are going to the Olympics with this group of girls. It’s like writing your story, but without knowing the ending! 

Now that I know the end of that last book, I feel different sensations on day 1. Excitement knowing that this is just the beginning, happiness knowing I’m about to see my synchro family in a few short minutes, confidence knowing that I now have the experience of all but one competition, and ready to completely accept everything that will happen this year! 

2016 was a hardddddddddd year for us to say the least and I think that 2017 owes us some good things. 

Here’s to a great year! 


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