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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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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!! 

  

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Hello Friends!!

Just sending out a quick message for everyone out there enjoying, what I hope is, a fantastic thanksgiving.

It is hard for me to not have a family to go home to on thanksgiving. This is the first year, since my move to montreal, that I haven’t had parents or family visit for the holiday. Although nothing can beat being home with my family, a few simple phone calls has calmed my homesick feeling.

the parentals
the parentals

So I guess this is the part where I tell people I am thankful to have the life I have and to be sharing it with the people I love. Both are true, but the best gift of all is knowing that everyone back in Calgary is doing well, though there have been trying times lately, they have managed to push through together and have made the best out of the circumstances.  I am proud to have such a loving family that supports my decisions to train across the country and live my dream. They have been such a blessing!!

Enjoy your time with family and never take it for granted.

With Love,

C.

2015-2016 Season Begins

184 days until the Olympic Qualifier

Hey Everyone!

We’re back!!! I have to say, it has been very nice to reconnect with my synchro family again. 3 weeks, physically, is not enough for all of us to repair our bodies, but mentally it was time to come back.

This is going to be the toughest 6 months of our lives. This is it; our make it or break it moment that will change our futures. I know that many aspects of this sport are out of our control, though this angers me and it doesn’t feel “fair”, we can’t change that. The only thing we CAN do is decide that we want to go to the Olympics and work our butts off to get there. The sacrifices we’ve made for this sport are, for some people, insane, but for us it’s what we have to do to make our dreams reality.

We know it’s going to be hard. The odds are not currently in our favour… (Cue Hunger Games theme song)… I have never felt so heartbroken as I did after World Championships, but I am ready to fight and after seeing the girls train this 1st week I can proudly say that WE are ready to fight.

We have come back with great ideas and choreography which I think will be a game changer in the future. I can’t wait to see our routines fully formed. I know that if we can pull off some amazing routines and swim them like I know we can, we will be proud no matter the outcome… Although going to the Olympics would be “icing on the cake”.

Together we will move mountains.

– C

Worlds

Hey Everyone,

It’s been a busy few weeks to say the least. Right after our amazing experience at the Pan Am Games, we were immediately brought back down to earth with a training camp in Bratislava, Slovakia. This camp had to be one of the hardest things I’ve done in my synchro career; physically, mentally and emotionally. It was like Vegas Week on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’….. And if you have never seen that show, it was hell. 

Meng pushed us to the edge and by the end of day one we all knew that this was going to be the hardest 5 days of our summer. Honestly, I expected it to be crazy, but it was worse than I imagined. It’s hard to be positive about it because at that point I just wanted to wipe it from my memory (and also why I never posted anything about it), but it paid off.  

 Trusting the coach is the key to days like this. I’m pretty sure by day 3, I thought she was trying to kill us. But she was right. This training camp changed my World Championships in a way I could never have thought possible. I am generally a very nervous, stressed competitor. I always feel like I will forget a move or make a mistake, which is not a thought you want 10 seconds before you walk onto the deck, but this competition has been the most fun I’ve had in a long time.

There came a point in my career that I started to dislike competing because the nerves would take over and I wouldn’t enjoy the moment as much. This year has changed that! 1st of all, competing at Pan Am in front of a home crowd was so gratifying. The swims itself were very hard, physically, but I loved every second I had in the water. It was an experience that I can’t even fully describe on paper. I loved every minute of it, even the pain I was feeling made this dream-like event so real.  

Gold medal swim @ Pan Am
 
Worlds, on the other hand, has been by far one of the easiest competitions I’ve had. The swims have felt amazing and I am having so much more fun than ever before…. Probably due to the fact that I’m not thinking about how much pain I’ll be in; thanks to hell week in Bratislava. We are so ready!! I don’t think this team has ever felt this together and this determined to prove how great we truly are!! 

It has been inspiring to be a part of such an incredible journey. Whether the marks are high or low, we will fight till the bitter end. We have come so far these last few years. This is my family; my home. I am so thankful to have been given the chance to swim with this team and to share a full array of emotions with these girls. We are warriors ready to fight a battle. We can not be any more prepared for these last few swims than we are right now and I believe that we can truly be proud of what we have achieved here.  

Tech Team @ Kazan 2015
 
In the end, it’s not about the marks. It’s about us and how we have improved as a team. We are Team Canada and we are champions. 

– C

New Year, New Focus

Day 6

Hello All!!

Welcome to our 2015 season!! We are very excited to announce that there are four new swimmers joining us this year:

• Gabrielle Boisvert (Quebec, QC)

• Rebecca Harrower (Edmonton, AB)

• Roxanne Morneau-Carrier (Quebec, QC)

• Elizabeth Savard (Laval, QC)

Big congratulations to these girls on joining our family! It’s going to be a great learning experience and worth every minute!!

As we start our new year, we have new goals and new expectations for each other.  This is the biggest year of our lives as we make our journey to the Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, which will take place in August of 2016.  However, our qualification for these Games will take place in March of 2016, meaning that we must be very efficient and “on the ball” as we train for the swim that will change our futures!

We are also incredibly excited to have our new training facility at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal, QC.

Olympic Stadium
Olympic Stadium

It has been an incredible welcome to the new pool with some amazing perks for our Canadian Athletes.  Soon there will be athletes from different sports including Synchronized Swimming, Speed Swimming, Diving, Water Polo, Judo, Fencing, Speed Skating and many more!!

Synchro Pool with INS in background
Synchro Pool with INS in background

The facility gives us access to an incredible Locker Room, a Synchro

Dive Tank from Synchro Pool
Dive Tank from Synchro Pool

specific pool, two 50 metre pools, a new and improved dive tank, an amazing Weight Room with a large gymnasium and so much more; all with Face Recognition Software!!!

Lockers
Lockers

This new centre is going to give us the opportunity to train to our fullest capacity, starting with a great cross training program and our own pool to accommodate our needs for the next Olympics. This is exactly what we are going to need as we fight for our dreams!!

Weights
Weights

This year we are going to be working our butts off to improve our routines and get as fit as we possibly can towards competing at the Pan Am Games and World Championships later in the year.  2015 is going to be a major chance to work on our routines and change what we need to increase our scores for future competitions. Every second will have to count and I have a feeling that this team is up for the challenge!

rio logoWe have come very far from our 1st experience together as a team in 2013. Each year of this cycle we have evolved, welcoming new members and creating a new niche. The team knows what it’s going to take to get to where we need to be, now all we need is to show the world what we can do!! The time has come for us to buckle down and push the limits!!

– C