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Meet Elizabeth!

Hey Everyone!!

We will be finishing off our “meet the team” soon, but let’s start up again with Eli!

Bonjour à tous,

je m’appelle Élizabeth, j’ai 21 ans et je viens de Laval! J’ai fait mes premiers pas dans le sport de la nage-synchronisée à l’âge de 5 ans dans le Club Performance Synchro de St-eustache. À l’âge de 14 ans, je suis partie pour le club Dollard Synchro afin de poursuivre mon rêve de compétitionner à l’Internationale.

J’ai la chance d’être membre de l’équipe nationale Senior depuis janvier 2014. La synchro m’a tout appris. C’est un sport qui développe non seulement des qualités physiques et artistiques, mais il m’a aussi le leadership, le dépassement de soi, la communication, et la confiance en soi. J’ai aussi eu la chance de voyager à travers le monde, entre autres en Grèce, en Russie et au Pérou. Et j’espère qu’encore plusieurs autres destinations se mettront sur ma route!!

J’ai fait mon secondaire à l’Ecole Secondaire Des-Sources dans le programme sport-étude puis j’ai poursuivis mon parcours collégial au collège de Maisonneuve. Présentement j’étudie à l’Université de Montréal où j’aspire à étudier en travail social.

J’adore prendre soin de mon chien Zoro, le plein airs, cuisiner et passer du temps entres amis et avec ma famille. Je suis aussi entraineurs pour le Club Performance Synchro où je partage ma passion avec de jeunes athlètes! 🙂

Vous pouvez me suivre sur Instagram @elizasav
ou sur Facebook Elizabeth Savard

eli

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2017 Calendar – On sale now!

Hey Everyone!!

Great News!! It’s December 1st which means that the 2017 Calendar is on sale right now!!

All proceeds will go to the Senior National as we prepare for the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest! You can get yours delivered to your door, or (if you are family and friends of a National Team Member) you can get your copy delivered by them!

Make sure that you are sending your Calendar to an address within Canada as we can not send them outside of Canada just yet!

We hope you enjoy this fun little project and have a fantastic new year!

ORDER YOUR COPY HERE

C

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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

 

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.

A year in Review

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Marie-Lou and Claudia in Russia

2015 has been an increcdible year, filled with many obstacles, ups, downs, and of course some of the most memorable moments of my life. It had it’s fair share of dissapointments, but just as equally it had
a great amount of joy. I could say that I would be even more satisfied if I had ended my synchro year with great results at Worlds, but there really is no point. Being bitter about the past does nothing but make you miserable… Looking back, I am not happy nor sad. I learned from the experience and that is all that matters, although gold at Pan-Am sure makes 2015 a year to remember.

This year has been one of education. I have been taught about
patience, teamwork, respect and have expanding horizon of new traits that will aid in my future, whether it is in the pool or outside of it. As many of you know by now, I am one of the team captains. At first I didn’t quite know how hard it would be to put myself out there, to place myself in front of a group of girls and lead them. I had to do a lot of adjusting! In the pool, I can adapt to everyone else within a matter of seconds, but when it came to being a leader for the team I had no clue how much of my person12443610_10153526740612928_802001562_oality I would have to calm in order to make sure everyone was comfortable. Let’s just say that my fiery ways are not always the best in leading a group of women. It took months for me to know what I was doing.
To understand how each athlete reacts in every situation (though I am still learning every day) and to see how positive a calm leader was to the team. I can’t say I have figured it all out because I believe that I still can improve myself to help the team grow, but as a group I am happy to see that we are meshing well and our primary focus is for the Olympic qualifier in 2016. 12443199_10153526742507928_1717262340_n - Copie

 

 

This year I started a new project; this Blog!! It has been incredibly helpful and fun to share with you ALL of the adventures we have been on! From Rio at the beginning of this year, through to the joy of Pan Am, the tough love in Slovakia and the struggles of Russia, this blog has given me another sense of purpose. I love sharing my life and what is going on with the team because I think it is SO important that we can have a support system that stretches beyond just Canada!

There is also another amazing project in the making and that is the Documentary that is being directed by Jérémie Battaglia (http://jeremiebattaglia.com). He has an incredible eye and has been with us through the entire of 2015, becoming part of the family as we head to the Qualifier! The film will focus on our training, our happy moments as well as some of the tough times as we prepare for the Qualifier and the Olympics. I am very nervous to see the final result, just because I will be reliving some of our most vulnerable moments as individuals and as teammates, but I know that he will do a great job!

Thank you for your support, if you would like to follow the blog please click the link in the side bar on the left! Wishing you all the best for the New Year and may 2016 bring even more spectacular moments!

 

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The 2015 National Team

xo

C.

 

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.

 

 

#SwimForVanessa

157 days until the Qualifier

Hello Everyone,

Today I dedicate my blog to the wonderfully inspiring, Vanessa. In the recent European Games in Baku, Vanessa and two of her teammates were victim to a horrific bus accident at the Athletes Village. The news of this incident hit us hard half way across the world and we have been praying for them ever since. Her two teammates have recovered well, but it has come to our attention that Vanessa, after multiple surgeries is now Paraplegic.

So we ask all of you to support Vanessa in this fight. Her courage has taken her this far and with our help we can show her how much her bravery has touched us around the world. We give you this small challenge: Post a picture or video of you doing Synchronized Swimming with the hashtag #SwimForVanessa and show your support for this brave woman.

#SwimForVanessa
I accept the #SwimForVanessa challenge and I challenge all of you to support this lovely lady!

C.

#TO2015

Day 133

Hey Everyone,

The Toronto Pan Am Games will be a great opportunity for us to show how proud we are to be Canadian! We have been working so hard for the chance to win a GOLD medal in front of a home crowd and this is our time!! It’s going to be an amazing experience for the athletes and the fans! 

Come out and support us as we head to some of the biggest competitions of our careers! 

Click Here for a short, inspiring, clip of the Games! 
– C 

The End!!

Hey Everyone!!

This is the ending to the perfect story…

We started this year at the bottom. Beginning again with a new group of girls and new challenges. We jumped around ideas and routines, trying to find the perfect way to showcase our strengths.

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We were the underdogs. Trying to make a name for ourselves as we competed around the world. Germany, France, Japan, Spain, and Canada. Every swim we had together taught us something, another piece to our special puzzle.

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We learnt that no one is safe. No matter how good you swim, you could be the next one off the team. We overcame internal struggles and worked together to keep each other positive. We trained hard for this one weekend of the year, World Cup.

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I am so proud to be a part of this team. We fought so hard to be here today and to be the team we are. We have been a team that improves, step-by-step. We are not done yet!! We have 2 years before the Olympic Games. I believe, and we believe that our team will be representing Canada at the Games! We still have a way to go, but we are on the right track!

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Time to have a couple days of holiday before we come back to the grind!! Enjoy ladies!!! Love you! xoxo

Much Love,

C

Free Team and Free Duet Today

Hey all!!

Yesterday we had a great day. We started the competition off with a bang! A good swim of our brand new Highlight Routine, debuting a fun swim for the audience to enjoy.

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The stakes were pretty high in the Technical Routine. We had a little blimp in the routine, something we did not expect. We know that we did not have the swim we want, but we are totally ready to show the world that we can and will achieve our goal.

I would like to let all of you know that we really appreciate your support these last couple days. It’s been a journey and we have learned a lot.

Tonight is a new chance, a new day to show you all what we are capable of!! The Team is on the same page and we are ready to swim our heart out! Free Routine is going to be a show for sure!! Tonight we are going to perform, and make you all proud! We are ready!

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Much Love,

C