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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.

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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!!!

“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!!

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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

 

We’re Back!

Hey Everyone, we’re back!!

This week we had our 1st full week of training back after about 3 months off. It’s kind of funny to see how in shape we were at the qualifier and how hard our routines truly are!! We are dying just attempting the smallest sections!! Everyone knows that this break was a long one and I’ll tell you why. We really fought and pushed our bodies to an extreme for about a year, probably since just after the Pan Am Games. Our intensive training really started then and we couldn’t let up after that because the Olympic Qualifier was so close. We had to give ourselves every opportunity possible to make this last competition something that we could be proud of. And we did exactly that.

We, as a team, have been taking our time to get back into things because none of us have ever had this much time off in our synchro careers, but I think at the same time the break was necessary for us to be able to come back to training with a good mental and physical awareness. These last 4 years have had their fair share of overwhelming moments and with this break we could at least calm some of those feelings and relax a little bit before we started the next chapter.

So far our primary focus is to get into shape doing land training and speed swimming. After doing a few hours of workouts we then move on to remembering the feeling of being upside down again lol!!

We will be keeping you updated on all of our progress as well as some exciting things that will be coming soon …. hint: documentary!

C

 

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!

Need advice?

Want to know more about the team?

Want to know how to improve your synchro skills?

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.

Concussions: Part 2

The aftermath of a hit to the head is something surreal. Everything started to go in slow motion, from the time I saw the bubbles underwater to breathing for the first time to then trying to swim to the side of the pool. My coach at the time, was watching me. I told her I felt fine, but as a precaution, she tested my pupils.

One way to know if your brain has been raddled around too hard is by testing the reaction of your pupils. Slow (or no) reaction means there’s something wrong and a normal reaction means everything should be fine. I had slow pupils, but nothing that looked too serious. I was told to get out of the water and lay down, away from lights and loud noises. At first everything felt fine, but as the minutes and hours dragged on the symptoms started rolling in.

Soon I had been out of the pool for a month…

Then 2…

Then 3 months.

I had stopped eating in an attempt to maintain a figure suitable for Synchro and my mind was tired of sitting alone in dark rooms unable to go outside with friends. I was depressed and in pain.

No one really understands what a brain injury feels like, and it is also a different experience for everyone who has one! I felt as if knives were stabbing my eye balls from the inside out. Slowly I started to feel better and therefore, I started training again. I even started to FEEL happy again, but soon after I thought I was finally recovered I received a kick to the head that would set me back again.

I had taken what I thought was necessary rest and trusting my own judgment went on to train again. That year, I went on to win National Champion in all 5 events I had entered.  I had achieved what I wanted, but the brain is a funny thing… 

For 2 years after my initial concussion I felt that stabbing pain, every single day. Some days it was worse, some days it was bearable.

…To be continued…

 

Rio

To our supporters:

I have never known what heartbreak really feels like until today. My body, my heart and my mind are mourning a loss almost as great as a loss of a loved one. When I was young I only knew that the Olympics was a dream, something at the end of the road that I wanted to be a part of one day. That goal has been nurtured, fed and it has grown into something I believe in. I have spent the last 15 years working towards a dream that used to look so unattainable until now. There are no words to describe the disappointment I feel, yet also the pride!

After that “once in a lifetime” tech swim, everybody believed our olympic dream was reachable and to have lost it by 0.7 in the end is heartbreaking. We were so close… It will take a while for me to wrap my head around what happened here in Rio as well as how to deal with the waves of despair that will surely come my way, but I hope that with time I will be able to look back on this experience as one of triumph, not one of loss. It was truly an amazing last swim for this Olympic cycle; we are disappointed, but we will come back from this even stronger.

I have no regrets. I know that my team gave it all they had. We poured our hearts into those swims and we gave them a fight until the bitter end. We shined so bright and there is so many good things, even exceptional things, that have happened to us these last few months. Looking back on the last 4 years, I have lived a dream. Not many people can say they have travelled the world, competing with the people they love. It has been such an incredible learning experience to be a part of this team and I am truly grateful for the opportunities I have been given.

Thank you Canada. Your support has been such a beautiful piece to this journey. I have never seen this many people come together to cheer for one team and I am so proud to be part of a country that is so loving. I hope in the end, you know how much we fought for Canada to be in the Olympics. Thank you for your kind words of encouragement as well as your compassion. For me, the journey is not over. I will continue to swim for Canada, as long as you will have me, and I will be sure to bring what I have learnt here to the new girls that will join us in the future. With your on going support, we will come back from this knowing that our country is behind us and we will become the Olympians we deserve to be.

Claudia

Olympic Qualifying Week

Hey Everyone, 

Well, the time is finally upon us! We have arrived in Rio for our Olympic Qualifier!!! We have been waiting for this moment for the last 4 years, with many obstacles along the way, we have come back stronger every time. With each new struggle we have grown closer and learned how to fight for this dream TOGETHER, as one unit. 

As Day 2 of training comes to a close, we are embracing another new challenge. The weather. Over the past few days we have had quite a bit of rain, at one point cancelling practices all together. So with that we are staying calm, focusing on the task at hand and just “going with the flow.” Right now the only important thing is controlling what we know we can control and swimming our hearts out each day until we compete!

On behalf of the team, I would like to say a quick thank you to all of the people who have helped us get to this point in our lives:

To our parents; without your guidence and wisdom we would not have chosen such a sport or might not have even know what synchronized swimming is. It is imperative that you know how much of our goals and our personalities come from what fantastic people you are. We love you…. almost so much it hurts! 

To our 1st coaches; thank you for pushing us to become athletes, for creating new dreams and for believing in the abilities we had at such a young age.

To the coaches that brought us to National Stream Competitions/International Competitions; what would we have done without you? Most of us have the fire within us, but it takes an incredible coach to bring those emotions forward through a performance. Thank you for preparing us for this extraordinary goal and never letting us stray from the path. 

To our coaches and IST Team here at Synchro Canada; it sure does take a village. Without your coaching, analysis, patience and hard work we, as a team, would not be the same women we are today. These last 4 years we have grown into athletes that you have helped mould and shape into beautiful, courageous human beings.

We are so proud to be sharing this journey with YOU, each and every person who has created this dream and who has given us the opportunity to step up to the plate. 

Training at the hotel when practice got cancelled!
 2 more days of training to go!!!! 

C

Thank you

17 days to Qualifier

THANK YOU. Two amazing words that I must send out into the universe today after such a fantastic show of love and support for our team. We are so humbled to be living this journey and without all of you (beautiful people) we would not have made it as far as we have. 

It’s difficult to really see everything that is happening behind the scenes every day, especially when you’re in your own little world at the pool 24/7. Our team has been working incredibly hard to make our dreams come true and sometimes we don’t think about how big our dreams really are! I mean, the Olympics; yeah we’ve been talking about it since we could speak, but what goes in to something this intense is much more than any of us could have imagined. Not the physical part, that we all expected, but how much of this dream depends on YOU, the fans, is so inspiring.

The amount of support we recieved yesterday was extremely motivational, to say the least. We are not only doing this for us, we are doing this for the next generation, for a love of the sport, for ALL of the people who have helped us get to this point in our lives. It takes a village and we are so incredibly grateful to be at the recieving end of it. 

In the next few weeks, we will be taking the next step towards our Olympic Dream. We’ve got a tough road ahead of us, but our determination and passion for this sport will get us through anything that is thrown our way. Please keep us in your hearts and minds as we make final preparations for the Qualifier!

GO CANADA GO!!!!! 

P.S Happy Love Day!!!!! Even if it is -25…….. 🙂 

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