Tag Archives: Believe

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! 


C

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A Day in the Life…

Hey Friends!

Click HERE to view the piece I wrote for CBC and the movie “Perfect”. Hope this gives you some insight into our world and what Synchronized Swimming is all about!

Send me your comments and questions in the side panel “CONTACT ME”

Enjoy!! 🙂

C.

Parfaites/Perfect

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!

For more details please LIKE our Facebook Page, FOLLOW @parfaitesdoc on twitter and FOLLOW @parfaitesdoc on Instagram

 

Got Questions??

Got Questions?? We have answers! New to Aquae Vitae is a “Contact Form” that allows you, the very important readers, to send Team Canada or myself any types of questions, comments or concerns!

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Do you have a learning experience or story to share with us?

etc.

Please enter your NAME, EMAIL ADDRESS and YOUR QUESTIONS/COMMENTS into the sidebar on the right called “Contact Me” and we will do our best to help you using the tools we have learned over the many years we have been doing this sport.

Puerto Rico

5 days until offical training in Rio

Hey Everyone, 

Well, it has been about a week an a half since we have been training here in San Juan and I must say it’s been an intense, yet gratifying camp so far! We have taken a new approach towards this competition, mainly being that we are really starting to simulate what it will be like swimming in Rio. For example, here in Puerto Rico we have a half open pool, giving us a bit of the feeling of swimming outside with the sun as well as some wind which is a force that we don’t get to feel on a daily basis. It has been a great team building experience to work through each situation we have faced, as well as some we might face in the future. 

  
We have also taken some large steps forward as we are finally finding that “sweet spot” we need to compete at our best. A sense of unity is rising within us. For all of us, even for our last olymian on the team, having to qualify is a new experience. It has been an uphill battle, both mentally and physically, to prepare ourselves for an event of such magnitude, and what an amazing feeling it is! We are finally here!!! We have been training our entire lives for this moment. The chance to compete at the Olympic Level for our country, in front of some of our biggest supporters is something that will live with us beyond these qualifiers as well as beyond the Olympic Games. We are in complete control of this journey, knowing that we have done everything in our power to get us to this stage of our careers. We are going to go in fighting, never doubting that we are fully prepared for this challenge. 

After a great tech swim in Puerto Rico

20 days

20 days until the Qualifier

Hey Everyone

Great things are happening!! We have made some incredible progress this week and I am so incredibly proud of the team. In 2 days we will be debuting our new ‘Fire and Ice’ Routine for all of our fans to see. We have taken a very different approach to creating this routine and we are hoping that you can see how hard we have worked as well as the depth we’ve  gone to create something truly breathtaking.

Check out this short video…. Do you think we can draw you in???

C.

Fire & Ice Watershow

27 days to the Qualifier

Hey Everyone!!

Very exciting news!!! Today, we invite you to be part of our “Send off Show” as we prepare for our Qualification trip to Rio in March. We have been working incredibly hard to bring some new routines to the fans and that is exactly what we will be sharing with you!!

On Saturday February 13 at 11am, we will perform our Tech Routine as well as our inspiring, brand new Fire & Ice Free Routine for the first time publicly. All synchronized swimming fans are cordially invited to attend. Please reserve your seats for the event at www.synchro.ca/fire-and-ice.

The more, the merrier!! There will also be time to visit with the athletes at 12pm.

Hope to see you there!!

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Hello January

Hey there, it’s been a while….

Welcome to 2016. I haven’t written so much lately because, to be honest, sometimes we just get into a rhythm. By saying that, I mean that there is so much focus and concentration looking forward, finding ways to achieve our goals, we forget to stop and look at how far we have come.

These days, each training session becomes similar, simply because we are striving for perfection. The only way to achieve such goals is by repeating, repeating and….. repeating every second of your routine for how ever long that can take until you get each move to where you want it to be.

31 days. That’s all. I have waited 15 years for this moment and I am almost in awe of the

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15 years together!!

process. It has been a total of 3.5 years since my move to Montreal. Each year I have been taught something, whether that was learning how to cook healthy food for myself, doing the laundry without shrinking my clothes, understanding when to stand up for myself and when to take critizism, or just simply learning how to lead a team focus; I have grown. Or at least I’d like to think so!! In the beginning I spent most of my time thinking about how to stay on the team, to maintain a spot; now I think about how to make myself a contributing member to the team and how I can make a difference leading towards biggest competition of our lives. I never imagined what this year would be like and I don’t think I could have ever anticipated it.

Two words. Life Changing. I am no longer just a member of a team, I am on the team that is going to the Olympic Qualifier. I have brought myself to this point where all the focus can be on what the team looks like and how WE can improve, not just about the individual. Although individual improvement is very important because it inspires you to keep pushing for the ultimate goal, it will not bring an entire team to where they want to go unless you have a clear view of what the Canadian Olympic Team “should” look like.

Poised, powerful, strong, beautiful. Rio here we come, with all the fight we have left!!

A year in Review

Marie-Lou and Claudia in Russia
Marie-Lou and Claudia in Russia

2015 has been an increcdible year, filled with many obstacles, ups, downs, and of course some of the most memorable moments of my life. It had it’s fair share of dissapointments, but just as equally it had
a great amount of joy. I could say that I would be even more satisfied if I had ended my synchro year with great results at Worlds, but there really is no point. Being bitter about the past does nothing but make you miserable… Looking back, I am not happy nor sad. I learned from the experience and that is all that matters, although gold at Pan-Am sure makes 2015 a year to remember.

This year has been one of education. I have been taught about
patience, teamwork, respect and have expanding horizon of new traits that will aid in my future, whether it is in the pool or outside of it. As many of you know by now, I am one of the team captains. At first I didn’t quite know how hard it would be to put myself out there, to place myself in front of a group of girls and lead them. I had to do a lot of adjusting! In the pool, I can adapt to everyone else within a matter of seconds, but when it came to being a leader for the team I had no clue how much of my person12443610_10153526740612928_802001562_oality I would have to calm in order to make sure everyone was comfortable. Let’s just say that my fiery ways are not always the best in leading a group of women. It took months for me to know what I was doing.
To understand how each athlete reacts in every situation (though I am still learning every day) and to see how positive a calm leader was to the team. I can’t say I have figured it all out because I believe that I still can improve myself to help the team grow, but as a group I am happy to see that we are meshing well and our primary focus is for the Olympic qualifier in 2016. 12443199_10153526742507928_1717262340_n - Copie

 

 

This year I started a new project; this Blog!! It has been incredibly helpful and fun to share with you ALL of the adventures we have been on! From Rio at the beginning of this year, through to the joy of Pan Am, the tough love in Slovakia and the struggles of Russia, this blog has given me another sense of purpose. I love sharing my life and what is going on with the team because I think it is SO important that we can have a support system that stretches beyond just Canada!

There is also another amazing project in the making and that is the Documentary that is being directed by Jérémie Battaglia (http://jeremiebattaglia.com). He has an incredible eye and has been with us through the entire of 2015, becoming part of the family as we head to the Qualifier! The film will focus on our training, our happy moments as well as some of the tough times as we prepare for the Qualifier and the Olympics. I am very nervous to see the final result, just because I will be reliving some of our most vulnerable moments as individuals and as teammates, but I know that he will do a great job!

Thank you for your support, if you would like to follow the blog please click the link in the side bar on the left! Wishing you all the best for the New Year and may 2016 bring even more spectacular moments!

 

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The 2015 National Team

xo

C.

 

Welcome Back!

65 Days to the Olympic Qualifier

Hey Everyone!!

Nic and I visiting Panorama!

Today marks Team Canada’s first day back to the pool after our short, yet relaxing days off for the Holidays. There are only a few days left in December before we embark on our last 2 months to the Olympic Qualifier! Hard to believe time has gone by this quickly.

I had such a fantastic time with family and friends out West. Though I don’t get to travel back home very often now-a-days, it always feels as if I never left. I’ve gotta say, it’s so nice to be a little bit spoiled and taken care of by my parents again 😉 

Now that we are back to training, we didn’t waste any time getting back into the thick of it!! We came back exactly where we left off and are taking the appropriate steps to move forward towards our goals. I hope that the rest we took will give us an extra jolt of energy to get through our January training program… From there it will be about just making the final adjustments as well as attempting to perfect our programs!

The Family at the Zoo
The Family at the Zoo

Hope everyone is enjoying their family time! It is so important to get in as much as you can because, as I know too well, you will miss it once it’s gone!! Happy Holiday’s and a Happy New Year to all!

C.