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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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Calgary Reunion! 

What a weekend!! Such an incredible honour to be part of the Aquabelle 50th anniversary!! 

Gabe and I have been Aquabelles since the very beginning and have been through it all together! From our 1st team, which was “the monster mash” (LOL how cute!), through to our 8 years as a duet and to now where we have achieved almost, but not quite all, of our goals in this sport. Looking back on the 15 years of synchro is filled with so many awesome memories and also so many amazing people we met along the way!

Our synchro careers have been shaped by a very important community here in Calgary, many of whom we had the privilege of seeing again this weekend. There are so many people we have to thank for helping us get to where we are today and for also giving us all of the opportunities we have been given. (Especially our parents: Michelle, Suzanne, Sigi & Max!)
Thank you to those who have supported us in the past and who will continue to support us in the future! Seeing all of your faces cheering as we performed our “Greatest Hits” duet was such a blast and it was so nice to be back together again as a pair! 


Shout out to Courtenay for re-creating our 1st duet suit and thank you to everyone who came out to the premiere of “Perfect” in Edmonton and Calgary!! We are so proud to share this project with you! 

Special thanks to Debbie for inviting us to perform and to anyone I may have missed!!

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Hey Everyone,

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

Love Always,

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