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Meet Marie-Lou!

Here is Marie-Lou commonly known as Lewis or Jimmy 🙂 

hello, my name is Marie-Lou Morin, I am 26 years old and I live in Montreal. 

When I was young, I was a very active kid! I took some ballet jazz classes, gymnastics, tap dancing and I was part of the racing ski team. I also had this undeniable love for water! My aunt, who worked in synchro, suggested to my mom to introduce synchro in my (already very) active life. My first experience with synchro was at 8 years old at this tiny club in Saint-Henri ,where I would spend more time playing with the noodles and the inflatable toys than actually doing synchronized swimming. 😅After 2 years of playing with the noodles, my aunt suggested I move to a club that counted more than just 4 girls and that could give me the basics I needed to develop the talent and potential she had (somehow) seen in me. 🤔

I trained at the Dollard Synchro club from age 10 to 17. I made my first National team in 2005, I won the U.S. Open and the Canada Games in team and duet in 2007 and I participated to my first Junior World Championships in 2008 in Russia. Dollard Synchro club was my home for 8 years and it is where I learnt everything before leaving the nest and joining the Center of Excellence in 2008. Since 2008, I got to compete in awesome competitions around the world, but my favorite has been competing at home at the 2015 PAnam GAmes in Toronto where we got this sick gold medal ! 😁

I have been at the Center of excellence since 2008, and I thought that 2016 would of been the last year of my career…Back in 2015, I had decided to retire after the summer of 2016, Olympics or no Olympics. After our heartbreaking result in the Olympic Qualifiers, I left everything behind and embarked on a new adventure aboard the world’s biggest cruise ship to do shows and move on with my life. This adventure was amazing and an eye-opening experience for me! 🙌🏻

Even if I was travelling through the Mediterranean,getting to meet great people from all over the World and performing every night in front of a standing ovation, I missed synchro… I missed training hard with my inspiring team mates and pushing my limits every day. So I decided to fight my way back! and keep pursuing my goal and what I wanted in life right now. 💪🏻

I realize I have the rest of my life to to pursue another career path, but the chance and privilege to swim for Canada will not be there forever.

The lesson and wisdom I would like to share from this experience with the young ones (or anyone else really) , is that no matter how impossible a dream seems or how many people think you are crazy for pursuing it, follow your heart 💙and go for it without any regrets!!😌

Now, getting out of the philosophical part of my life…. As a normal 26 years old woman, I love to spend time with my friends and family, I love to bake and cook and I love ( cannot live without) naps! 😁

I look forward to inspire young swimmers and share my experience with them! Feel free to reach out anytime! 🤗

You can follow me on social media on instagram @mloum 

Or through facebook : Marie-Lou Morin


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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!!

“Perfect” Trailer

“Synchronised swimming is for girls. It’s for girls who can run a 400 metre sprint while holding their breath, and smiling. Perfect dives beyond the sequins and mascara to follow the Canadian synchronised swimming team through the most gruelling year of their lives as they battle for a spot at Rio 2016. This team of elite athletes will do whatever it takes to make it. They’ll suffer concussions, smashed vertebrae, fractured feet, broken noses, black eyes and dislocated knees. That’s because synchronised swimming is as much of a contact sport as football.

“You go out there, you kill. This is war,” trainer Meng Chen tells her girls before they compete. The biggest challenge for Team Canada is not their choreography nor their synchronicity, but their diversity. In a conservative sport like synchronised swimming, the definition of perfection is sameness. But Team Canada represents the country’s cultural diversity, which makes them the underdogs. The only way they’ll have a chance at their Olympic dream is to outswim and outperform the competition with a routine that totally blows the judges out of the water.

With unprecedented access to the team and their trainer, Perfect follows this determined, strong and hard working group of women in their quest to make it to the Olympics. From Montreal to Bratislava, Kazan and Rio, battling eating disorders, dislocated knees and crushing losses, these girls never give up. And more importantly, they never stop smiling.” – Description of “Perfect” 

Click HERE to watch the Trailer for the movie about the Synchronized Swimming National Team, Premiering July 29th!!

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

 

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.

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

gabeandclaudia
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!!

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.

Happy Holidays

Hello Everyone!!!

I hope you are all enjoying a fantastic day with friends and family! It has been a very cold week here in the West, let’s just say I was getting used to the unusually warm weather in Montreal… Visiting family and friends has been a bit of a shock to my system, as I don’t get to see them as often as I would like! 

In the days leading up to our VERY traditional family Christmas, my parents, the BF and I travelled to BC to take in some of the fresh mountain air! We went snowshoeing, enjoying the beautiful Rocky Mountain atmosphere as well as taking advantage of Hot Springs and Spa facilities (because that’s what the holidays are about!) 

Of course our trip was short because we had to be back to spend the day with the family on the 24th! We had such a fantastic time sharing stories, laughing with each other and most importantly, catching up with all the family gossip! 😉 

Knowing how blessed I feel to be able to spend some quality time with the people I love, I wish you all the best this Holiday Season! Have fun, drink lots of egg nog and stay toasty!! 

  

Passion

99 days until the Olympic Qualifier

Hey Everyone,

This weekend I had a bit of an epiphany. I don’t generally have positive dreams about Synchro…. Its a lot of nightmares of forgetting the routine, doing insane workouts or getting to compete without my competition suit packed (which, embarrassingly, has happened to me), but this weekend I dreamt of Qualifying for the Olympics. I can’t shake this feeling of joy and a sense of passion for this sport which gives me goosebumps just thinking about it. It’s refreshing.

Claudia
Pan Am Games 2015
I can see it now. The 8 of us standing on the deck in Rio, waiting for marks that will decide whether we go to the Olympics or make other arrangements… I see the marks coming up showing us that we have made it! Tears, screams, maybe some hugging with shocked, but relieved faces. Even as I write this, there is a frog in my throat trying to keep down the tears. I can feel all the JOY that will come from all of our hard work.

I know I don’t make it easy, the girls can tell you that! I am tough and I ask a lot from my teammates because I know that we are good! We’ve got the talent, we have the chemistry, now we just have to practice like we want to perform at the Qualifier. We are capable of going to the Olympics! I know that if we play our cards right, we will be ready…

WE will do this for us, for the thousands of hours we have spent in the pool together, for the sacrifices we have made, for the people who have helped us get here and again FOR US!

C.

 

 

Training 

I wake up at 5:30am almost every morning. At least on the days we start at 7am… I eat my breakfast and make some coffee because at 21 years old I already need a good cup of joe to start the day. Within 20 mins I have eaten, packed a bag and am on the bus. This is my morning ritual.

Unlike most paying jobs, I am at my workplace for 7-12 hours a day, 6 days a week. I don’t get paid overtime and I don’t make minimum wage, but I am doing what I love. This career, this opportunity, will only be around for the next 5 or 6 years of my life so why waste it worrying about having a “regular job” or planning a future that I don’t want to think about right now.  I have to admit, my career beyond synchro is very important to me and I have a lot to accomplish before I die, but I need this once-in-a-lifetime moment to happen first.

Training is hard. Every minute of my day is physically and mentally demanding from the moment I arrive in the morning until I walk out those doors; I am on. Lets face the facts here, Synchro trains more than any other Olympic sport and we are currently training for something that is not guaranteed. It’s crazy to think that in about 4 months we will be fighting for a spot that will take us to the Olympic Games. 14 years of training for this one “make it or break it” moment.

I have no regrets. I might dislike some of the workouts I will do in the future, but at least I know that those intense, painful hours of my day will take me somewhere not very many people can go.

I want us to go out with a BANG! To fight with so much courage that nothing can stand in our way. I want us to be as amazing as the Woman’s Hockey Team in Sochi, who, above all odds, came back in the last 3 minutes with 3 goals to win the game. The people who inspire me to wake up every day aren’t just other athletes, they are the fiercest athletes!! I want us to fight with as much passion as Ronda Rousey when she’s going for a knockout in 30 seconds. It’s all POSSIBLE!!! Others have done it and we can to! Look at the smiling faces in this picture. Just by glancing at it you can see that our hearts are full of joy and a sense of accomplishment. THIS is why I do my sport. One day I will be able to say that I made it. That WE made it. It is going to be hard, no doubt about that, but it is going to be so worth it!