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Icarus

Hey everyone, 

I know I have been absent in my writing and I apologize for that because there truly is a lot that I could write about, but I am looking at this blog and feel the need to revamp! 

There have been a lot of changes in my synchro life, school life, life life (hahaha) that makes me feel the need to change my blogging technique as well! So I hope that that is something you will look forward to in the future and also please be patient with me until I figure out what I want this page to….. evolve to 🙂 

Now for something more serious…. I just recently watched Icarus on Netflix, the link to the trailer for the film is HERE. It is about last years Olympics and the doping scandal that came with it….. I would say it is a “must see” and also an incredibly important film! 

Last year while all of this was happening, as runner up for the Olympics, my team and I were waiting to see what WADA would decide, as were many Canadian athletes in other sports – some of whom would end up going to the 2016 Olympics… It is so deeply disturbing that doping is something that happens on a regular basis… all over the world I’m sure! 

I don’t care who you are or what sport you’re in, clean sport and fair play is why the Olympics are so inspiring! It takes incredible people to push their bodies to such a high standard and for people to use substance to get ahead….. it just hurts my heart. 

I have 15 years of hard work under my belt and have been tested enough times to know what is expected of me as an athlete in and out of competition. 
This is a must see.

– Claudia 

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Kali

Here she is! A fellow Calgarian, Kali!

Hi synchro community!

My name is Kali, and I have been a member of the senior national team for the past 2 years. At the young age of 7, I was introduced to the beautiful sport of synchro. My auntie had thought it would be perfect for me as it combined my love of water, dance, and gymnastics. It turned out that she was right, and here I am 14 years later, still loving every minute of it.

I began my career with the Calgary Aquabelles for 11 years until I graduated from high school at theNational Sport School. Following my graduation, I was accepted to Concordia University, which pushed my decision to move to Montreal, and begin my training with Dollard Synchro until I was chosen to be a member of the national team. I am really enjoying and looking forward to everything being a national team member has to offer me. I’ve gained so much knowledge of the sport and have had many new experiences that help me in my everyday life.

Aside from training I am also coaching a wide array of athletes at Dollard Synchro from lessons, to the more experienced juniors. I’ve recognized my love of coaching, and helping individuals to find their passion is something that I will continue to do for many years to come.

Away from the pool, I am a member of a variety of fandoms, Harry Potter being my absolute favourite!!! 😀 Some of my hobbies include getting lost in a good book, watching TV shows endlessly (when I have the time), baking yummy desserts, and spending quality time with my family and friends.

I’m looking forward to the adventure ahead of me, and am excited to share parts of it with all of you! 🙂

You can follow me on social media at:

Facebook: Kali-Rae Wong
Instagram: @xoxkalirae

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Meet Jackie!

Here’s the one lots of people have been waiting for! Our superstar soloist swam a BRILLIANT show last weekend at the Qualifier in Quebec City! Goosebumpssssssss!

Hi everyone!

My name is Jacqueline Simoneau and I’m 20 years old. I started off my synchro career at Dollard synchro and changed clubs in 2010 to go to Montreal Synchro. I made my first national team in 2009, and since then I have been very fortunate to compete at 3 C.O.M.E.N. Cups, 2 UANA competitons, 2 juniors worlds and the Prague Christmas prize.

Since I have made the senior national team in the end of 2012/ beginning 2013 I have had many wonderful opportunities to go and compete at many international competitons. This has permitted me to travel quite a bit and experience different cultures around the world! I have really enjoyed all my competiton experiences since I have made the Center, however some that stand out to me are the 2013 FINA World Championships in Barcelona, the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games, 2015 FINA world championships in Russia, and of course, the Olympic Games!

Outside of synchro, I enjoying spending time with my friends and family. I also enjoy reading, learning anatomy, horse back ridding and golf. Since Rio, I have gotten out of my comfort zone and joined another team – the robotics team at school! I love new challenges and learning new things!

Insta: @jacqueline_simoneau
Twitter: @jackie_simoneau

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Our trip to Quebec

Hey Everyone!

So as most of you know already, last weekend Gabe and I made a courageous decision to drive to Quebec City for the Canadian Open Qualifier!

IMG_1691 2For those of you who follow my Instagram @claudiaholzner or my teams Instagram @syncanada2020 you would already know what we went through during that trip…. A quick recap: Went for a great lunch, popped a tire driving 100km/hr, changed the tire, got to the hotel and received the key to someone else’s room…awkward…. got a new room and met some synchro girls who had been running around trying to figure out where we were staying. That’s probably the best way to describe it all!

We were so excited to arrive at the pool the next morning to perform our Tech Duet for the first time in public and we are pretty happy about our swim! We have a ways to go and lots of little things to work on, but we are confident that our training plan is working and that we are on the right track as we get ready for Japan in just about a month!

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I know that both Gabe and I truly felt a huge wave of support throughout the Synchro Community as we made our Canadian debut and we would like to thank everyone who took the time to give us positive comments and tips for our duet as well as just to chat and meet the next generation of excellent swimmers! Thank you for making us feel welcome and we can hardly wait to perform in front of you again at the Canadian Open in May!

Follow our journey using the hashtag #gabeclau in honour of our Aquabelle “mini me’s” xoxo

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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!

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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2017 Calendar – On sale now!

Hey Everyone!!

Great News!! It’s December 1st which means that the 2017 Calendar is on sale right now!!

All proceeds will go to the Senior National as we prepare for the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest! You can get yours delivered to your door, or (if you are family and friends of a National Team Member) you can get your copy delivered by them!

Make sure that you are sending your Calendar to an address within Canada as we can not send them outside of Canada just yet!

We hope you enjoy this fun little project and have a fantastic new year!

ORDER YOUR COPY HERE

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Tobermory Adventures

Tobermory, if you every have the chance to visit, is a small, charming and gorgeous place to spend your summer. The team was contacted recently with an incredible opportunity to swim in the Georgian Bay for the 150th Anniversary of Canada! SESQUI is an interactive media touring festival that will travel across the country in 2017. They have been filming all across Canada and will show the world a 360 degree view of our beautiful country! I have to say that the vision behind this project is incredible. Who would think to film Ballet in an airport, or synchro in a lake?? They did! We are so privileged to be a scene in this 20 minute film that will be shown in dome theatres everywhere.

At around 2:30pm on September 7th, after a plane to Toronto and a 4 hour bus, 8 of our girls at the Centre of Excellence took the 30
minute boat ride out of the Tobermory Harbour, to the edge of the Georgian Bay. There were 3 boats, one for the girls, which provided snacks, tea, and blankets, one for the crew and one rescue boat. The water was gorgeous and incredibly clear. We would be swimming about 200 metres from shore in front of what the crew called “the orb”, a bundle of cameras that would shoot a 360 degree view of the area, right over top of one of the many shipwrecks. As we arrive, we realize that the “lake” is not behaving the way you would think, more like an OCEAN if you ask me! We had huge waves with white caps coming off of them…. not ideal for SynchronizedSwimming…

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While we wait for the “OK” to jump into the water, we hear OUR music blaring from the shore line. It was epic. The entire team was in awe… OUR Fire & Ice music seemed to fit so well in this scenery; waves crashing, with the cool air and the sun setting in the background with the clear, erry water showing us all of it’s past triumphs. All we could muster was, “wooooooooow!!”

Even more comically, as the crew (in wetsuits) shares that the water is “not that cold” the team is in our competition outfits. Hair gelled, make up on and in our tiny sparkling suits, we jump into the Bay, with blood curdled screams! Rumours say the water was between 16 to 20 degrees. Though I would move that closer to the 16 degree mark…. there was some moments of panic, we quickly warmed up (as much as possible) and made our way to the ‘orb’ where we would do the rest of our filming.

After a quick rehearsal, and a small break, the orb was lowered into the water. Because the water was so cold and the waves were physically displacing our pattern at ever possible chance, our plan of swimming a 1.5 minute section was immediately a “no go”. We ended up having to do 10 seconds of our routine at a time. The below water shots were pretty easy to do because we could communicate above the water the whole time, minus one minor miscommunication where the orb was to shallow to swim above…. Imagine 8 girls using hand signals and screaming to the director (who is on shore) to drop the orb deeper into the water…. with very little success. Until a few minutes later he said over the microphone, “ohhhhh the orbs to shallow!” All of us start to laugh and scream “YESSSSSS!” Haha a little comic relief to get over the chill creeping over our bodies!

I have to say that the above water shoot, which just consisted in divers bringing the orb above the water on a pole that was anchored to the bottom of the bay, was extremely fun. This is the time where we really realized how beautiful this was going to be! The lake started to calm itself, the sun was in the perfect position and we (after many times training the sections) were finally getting comfortable in the water. The best part of the above shoot is that there can be no one around us….. So for about 5 minutes we would wait for the 3 boats to leave us out there…. all alone, above a shipwreck, with the crew literally hiding from the cameras. The music would start and we would do our small sections over and over again until it was time to call in the rescue boat! They would be the 1st on the scene to get us out of the water and check whether we got the shot. Of course there was some technical issues, so we would go in a few more times to get the perfect shot. Seriously, if you could have seen the view behind us as we swam, you would have fallen in love with this place too.img_0518

In total, we were out on the water for 4.5 hours and in the water for about 3 of them. We were chilly and exhausted after, but the experience of swimming in the bay that day will last forever.

For more information about SESQUI check out their Facebook Page or their Instagram which shows some of the incredible things they have done in their time of filming!

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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!! 🙂

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Updates

Hey everyone!!

I’m so excited to share some new details about the film “Perfect” which will debut later this month!

The French Version: Le documentaire Parfaites, de Jérémie Battaglia, sera à l’affiche à La Cinémathèque Québécoise à Montréal, du 29 juillet au 4 août. Horaire détaillé à venir.
Vous pouvez acheter vos places par téléphone: 514-842-9763

The English Version: “Perfect” will be shown at Cinéma du Parc: 

August 4th, 2016 at 7PM
August 5th, 2016 at 7PM
August 6th, 2016 at 3PM

For now the film will only be premiering in Montreal, but we are working towards getting it to everyone across CANADA!!! I will be sure to keep you up to date as new details unfold! Can’t wait to see you all there!!!