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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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Meet Becky

Hey Everyone, 

It’s been a while, but here we are continuing our introduction of the 2017 Senior National Team!! 

I’m Becky Maule, I was born and raised in Guelph Ontario. I have always loved swimming. When I was 7 years old, I saw a synchronized swimming booth in the Guelph mall one weekend with my mum and decided to sign up for fun! Since that day Synchro has changed my life; it has taught me so much about working with a team and many things about myself!

 Guelph Synchro club is where I began my swimming career. After several happy years of growth and development, I continued my training with the Olympium Synchro swim club in a high performance program. As a part of the high performance program, I attended Silverthorn Collegiate high school in Etibocoke for 4 years, commuting every day from Guelph. In grade 11 my duet partner Rachel Kowalski and I transferred to the Granite Club for the opportunity to train with Sheilagh Croxon. The highlight of my junior career was attending World Junior Championships in Indiannapolis and winning a bronze medal! I wouldn’t be where I am today without the strong foundation and support I received from the many coaches I’ve been fortunate to work with!

 As a member of the national team since 2010, I am honored to represent Canada! I am so grateful to be surrounded by such an inspiring group of people including my awesome teammates, all of our amazing coaches and talented staff! I’m excited for our upcoming challenges this year and look forward to competing at World Championships in Budapest this summer! 

 Over the years I’ve been swimming I have developed a love for travel! I love good music, dogs, the colour pink, and good food (especially chocolate)! I spend my free time hanging out with my close friends and family. I also really enjoy opportunities to coach and connect with young aspiring swimmers!

 Feel free to get in touch with me on Facebook @BeckyMaule or follow me or my dog on instagram! @beckymaule and @dylanthedog5andoban



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! 


C

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.

“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!

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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.

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