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Icarus

Hey everyone, 

I know I have been absent in my writing and I apologize for that because there truly is a lot that I could write about, but I am looking at this blog and feel the need to revamp! 

There have been a lot of changes in my synchro life, school life, life life (hahaha) that makes me feel the need to change my blogging technique as well! So I hope that that is something you will look forward to in the future and also please be patient with me until I figure out what I want this page to….. evolve to 🙂 

Now for something more serious…. I just recently watched Icarus on Netflix, the link to the trailer for the film is HERE. It is about last years Olympics and the doping scandal that came with it….. I would say it is a “must see” and also an incredibly important film! 

Last year while all of this was happening, as runner up for the Olympics, my team and I were waiting to see what WADA would decide, as were many Canadian athletes in other sports – some of whom would end up going to the 2016 Olympics… It is so deeply disturbing that doping is something that happens on a regular basis… all over the world I’m sure! 

I don’t care who you are or what sport you’re in, clean sport and fair play is why the Olympics are so inspiring! It takes incredible people to push their bodies to such a high standard and for people to use substance to get ahead….. it just hurts my heart. 

I have 15 years of hard work under my belt and have been tested enough times to know what is expected of me as an athlete in and out of competition. 
This is a must see.

– Claudia 

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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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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!

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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.

Time for an update! 

171 days until the Olympic Qualifier

Hello There!

I am proud to say that there is a lot of excitement surrounding this new season. Obviously, there is some stress as well, but we have a ton of great things coming to us as we prepare for our “race to the finish line”.

We have started creating some new routines for the Qualifier. These take time, but we have made fantastic headway opening our minds to new ideas and storylines.  We have managed to find some inspiration through a theme, which took us approximately 2 weeks to agree upon, but finally it’s something we can visualize ourselves competing internationally and swimming with excitement. 

I have been named tech team captain, to help Marie-Lou Morin as we will now be sharing responsibility for the team. This is a new challenge for me as I must be positive enough to encourage, but tough enough to strive for results from the girls (and myself).  I think this opportunity will teach me amazing things for my future not just as a synchronized swimmer but also as an individual. Those who know me understand how much I expect from my teammates as well as how much pressure I put on myself to be the best I can be. I am thrilled to see how much progress we can make in the coming weeks and will try to update this blog more often, as I am finally accustomed to my daily routine! 

Until next time,

C.

Saturday

Day 139

Good Morning Friends!!

It seems that I struggle to write posts after practices because… Well… I’m asleep by 8pm now-a-days… Our hours of training has increased drastically this month with Pan Ams and Worlds soon approaching, so I am finding time to scribble down some notes while I walk to the Metro in the morning. 

It’s a beautiful, crisp day today. I look like I haven’t slept in days and am wearing big sweatpants with a baggy sweater… The same outfit I’ve been wearing for the last 3 days. Oops. But at this point there’s less than 12 hours between the time I get home in the evenings and the time I jump in the pool the next day. Why waste energy on laundry!! 

Anyway!!

This week we had a couple of special guests visit us to check out our routines. We mainly focused on our execution and synchronization of the elements and pattern changes; something we really needed! Showing our routines, which have changed since the Shiseido Open, we were pleasantly surprised but the reactions we received! Lots of positivity being given to us as well as some tough love, which is always necessary to keep the fire burning. Leading me to the next topic of conversation…

Synchro Canada with Synchro Elite

As a team we have watched our competitors at their events in Europe. They are fighting full force for that last qualifying spot at the Olympic Games. We are in that same position. If we don’t give our everything at the pool each day we will miss out on one of the greatest opportunities in our athletic careers. Each competition we have gone to has taught us a lesson from which we have grown and improved our skills. Now we need to keep the drive! We’ve got less than 50 days to the Pan Am Games and around 300 days until the Olympic Qualifier. Time is not entirely on our side, but with the way we have been training we can take a huge step forward! 

As I have now run out of metro stations and am finally walking into the pool, I will wish you all a fantastic start to your weekend! Enjoy the semi-nice weather and rest up… Monday always comes too soon!! 😉 

 
– C  

Our Trip

Day 57

Hey Everyone, we’re back!!

Rio. One word: breathtaking.



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We had such an amazing trip, thanks to the COC. Team Canada’s purpose in Rio was to look at our Olympic Village and prepare ourselves for the 2016 Games. We went to our training facilities, our Olympic pool, the Village and saw many more exciting things.



It was an amazing experience and such an inspiration for us as we fight for these Olympic Moments to be ours in just over a year.



Model of the Village


Although our soul purpose was to train hard and learn the most from our Olympic Committee, we also had tons of fun together! That’s the key: find fun in everything you do, that’s how you keep your passion!



Thank you so much for all of your love and support! This has been an incredible journey and I can’t wait to experience the rest of it which my synchro family!



Much Love,

– C

Rio De Janeiro

Day 48

I would like to say a quick hello from Rio!! Team Canada is here for our 1st training camp of the season; a trial run for the Pre-Olympic and Olympic Preparations.

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Today is our day off here in Brazil, meaning we had the opportunity to tour this incredible city. Starting with the famous stairs, called Escadaria Selarón. They are so famous because there are tiles from every country around the world as well as other creative arts, making a beautiful staircase in the city centre. We found the ‘Canada tile’ pretty quickly!

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Next stop: Christ the Redeemer, which has to be one of the most breathtaking experience a person could have. I have now been to Rio twice now and each time I’ve been able to see the sites, my heart leaps for joy. It’s a place that you should definitely put on your bucket list!!

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After our Brazilian lunch, we met our COC coordinator, Andre, to take us to the 2016 Olympic Village! It was so amazing to see the models and plans for the Games, which we are fighting to be a part of! Andre showed us where our training centres will be as well as the Olympic Park, the Village and the Canadian Performance Centre… Just seeing what the Games will look like, sparks a flame so bright inside us. It has been an amazing day for Team Canada!

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Back to training tomorrow!!

– C

Update!

Day 30

Hello Everyone,

This last month has been crazy. As most of you know, Team Canada has been training incredibly hard as we get ready for this years Pan American Games in Toronto and FINA World Championships in Russia.

We have changed our training plan quite dramatically, starting with increased strength and cardio sessions, flexibility sessions, as well as much more speed swimming. To add to the list, we have been testing our technical skills as well as learning new skills to keep us fit for the future. Last week, in just 3 days, we trained 36hrs.

It has been a great start to our season. Now that we are getting more fit, there are no signs of us “lightening up” heading into this year. The Olympics, though they seem far away, are just around the corner. Take into consideration that in just one year and 1 month from now we will be fighting to qualify for the Games! This is crunch time!!

Sending updates soon! Thank you for being patient, time is limited when you’re at the pool 12 hours a day! 🙂

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– C

#TBT

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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Yes there are 2 people in this photo!

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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National Champions 2011

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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National Champions 2012


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,

C