Exciting news everyone!!! The documentary “Perfect” is about to make its debut here in Montreal! We still have about a month before premiere night, but the buzz is already beginning.
Jeremie Battaglia has been following this team for about 2 years now and the process has been incredible. We have made so many memories these last few years and to have someone there to record us in our most vulnerable moments was definitely a learning experience! This film shares our journey to the Olympic Qualifier and takes you through the most grueling year of our lives.
I am so proud to be a part of this project and I hope you enjoy the beautiful film we have created. “Perfect” premieres on JULY 29th and it is super important that we have a great turn out in the 1st week. This will lead to another week of showings and more opportunities for us to get it to everyone across CANADA!
This is about 20 hours late, but HAPPY CANADA DAY!! Yesterday we had our Send-Off Show for the Pan Am Games and World 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!
Today marks ONE WEEK before we leave for the Pan Am Games!!! I think I can speak for the rest of the team when I say that we are very excited to compete in Toronto. These are our games and we are so happy to be celebrating our achievements, thus far, with our home country. It is going to be a very BIG, very exciting experience for us. Most of this team has not competed at a Pan Am Games, so we are going to soak in every minute of it.
I think it’s very fair to say that we have had our share of ups and downs this year. Like any team, we have been working out the kinks and have been striving to make our routines ones that the audience, and the judges, will remember… Over the last 175 days we have become so much more of a unit; One team that will compete together and win together. Whether that is a gold medal around our necks or the satisfaction of having a “best swim”, we will be smiling. I am proud to say that these girls are my family and every day they show me how strong they are. As a group, we can move mountains.
Heading to Toronto soon, I would like to say a quick thank you to everyone who has supported this journey. The coaches and athletes could not have made it this far without our tremendous staff of experts and of course the family and friends that keep us sane on a daily basis. Your listening ears…. well, reading minds, that keep this blog filled with viewers is an inspiration in itself. So THANK YOU!!
Now, go share!!! Share our journey with your friends and family! Throughout the Games we will be working with our photographer to keep this blog up-to-date; filling it with photos, videos and info from inside the Village, Competition Venue and all other amazing things, such as the Opening Ceremonies!! If you aren’t following this blog yet, now would be an exciting time to start!
For more details of our #TO2015 experience check out my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts using the links. Have fun and share, share, share!!
Well… Hello There!!! It’s been quite a while since my last post. Synchro has kept me busy these last few weeks. Now that I have completed (and scored well!!) in my classes this semester, most of my spare time has been spent on daily recovery of my training sessions.
We have been working really hard to get prepared for our debut at the Canadian Open this month. New routines, means a new approach to our training techniques. Harder practices, increasing endurance and working towards a confident start to the season. This year of course, is leading up to the Olympic Games. Time is of the essence and we are running out.
You know, this life is not for the faint of heart. We work our butts off every day just to make it to that one AMAZING moment of our lives… And that one moment will define us. It will be a part of our lives, living on through our friends, families and future generations of athletes. All of the people that love us and support us, those who are in our corner, guide us to that one beautiful moment we will share with the world.
It’s days like today when you realize that you KILL your muscles and work so hard to PUSH those limits that you truly start to understand that the future is NOW! We are so close to our dreams, if we wanted to we could just reach out and grab it.
Never EVER take days like this for granted. The times that our body cringes and your mind tells you that its had enough; thats when miracles happen. Achieving a goal is not just about showing up, it’s about showing up mind, body and soul, ready to work for something you’ve loved since the day you started.
Be strong and BELIEVE that what you’re doing is right and worth every minute!
Today is a great day to have a Throwback to the day that changed my life, and I guess the best way to explain why this specific day was a pivotal moment, is to start from the beginning.
I started synchro at the age of 8. I was always very competitive as a child and even at that early stage of my life, I knew I wanted to be an Olympian. Now let me tell you right now, I was not a talented young synchro swimmer… I had a floatable nose clip that would fall off every time I jumped in the pool, causing me to stop the routine and swim around like a chicken with its head cut off…. My coaches loved it when I finally lost that one!! I never really realized what this sport entailed until I was paired with this girl.
I received a duet with the person who would become my best friend and life long duet partner. We immediately had chemistry and even though we were very opposite swimmers, we fit perfectly. We moved through the ranks together and eventually made our way to the top teams in Calgary. Both of us had very specific goals for ourselves and each other. Of course we were competitors in individual events, but as soon as we were together, it was all business!
This girl has to be the calmest competitor I have ever had the pleasure of swimming with. I was always the one who needed to be in my own little bubble (silently panicking), while she was dancing around and laughing before we walked out for our performance. It was our balance scale. She pumped me up and my paranoia made sure we were on the same page. Through the years we grew together, learnt together, and basically lived together at the pool!
Years later, we were on the right path to becoming National Champions in Calgary, in front of our home crowd. A slight obstacle came at us like a wall, when I received my concussions. It was definitely a struggle and we really had to fight to get to where we needed to be in order to achieve our goal. There was tension and frustration, but we knew that we only needed each other to live out our dreams.
That day of competition both of us were dancing! Smiling, laughing and at ease because we knew that no matter what happened we had done absolutely everything to prepare for the swim ahead of us. It was just me and her. I saw my parents, my family, her family, our coaches and teammates watching in anticipation. It was as smooth as peanut butter! We had done it. After months of ups and downs, bumps and bruises, we had that Gold medal around our necks.
It’s been over 12 years and we have gone on to compete around the world together. Now striving to achieve our biggest goal yet, competing side-by-side with Team Canada at The Olympic Games.