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Sam!

Here is Sam!! 

Hey, 

My name is Sam and I have been a member of the senior national team since fall 2012. I have been swimming for 16 years now and am currently 22 years old. I started synchro in Guelph, Ontario. I made my first national team in 2011. My favourite competition so far has been the Pan Am games in 2015 held in Toronto. Competing on home soil and in front of my friends and family was an experience I’ll never forget. 

Being apart of the national team allows me to visit many places around the world and has really sparked my love for travel. My favourite place that I have traveled to so far is Japan!  

I have a rabbit named pork chop (follow princess_pork_chop1 on Instagram for pics)!🐰

I am currently attending Concordia university part time. After swimming I wish to pursue a career as a physiotherapist.

Meet Marie-Lou!

Here is Marie-Lou commonly known as Lewis or Jimmy 🙂 

hello, my name is Marie-Lou Morin, I am 26 years old and I live in Montreal. 

When I was young, I was a very active kid! I took some ballet jazz classes, gymnastics, tap dancing and I was part of the racing ski team. I also had this undeniable love for water! My aunt, who worked in synchro, suggested to my mom to introduce synchro in my (already very) active life. My first experience with synchro was at 8 years old at this tiny club in Saint-Henri ,where I would spend more time playing with the noodles and the inflatable toys than actually doing synchronized swimming. 😅After 2 years of playing with the noodles, my aunt suggested I move to a club that counted more than just 4 girls and that could give me the basics I needed to develop the talent and potential she had (somehow) seen in me. 🤔

I trained at the Dollard Synchro club from age 10 to 17. I made my first National team in 2005, I won the U.S. Open and the Canada Games in team and duet in 2007 and I participated to my first Junior World Championships in 2008 in Russia. Dollard Synchro club was my home for 8 years and it is where I learnt everything before leaving the nest and joining the Center of Excellence in 2008. Since 2008, I got to compete in awesome competitions around the world, but my favorite has been competing at home at the 2015 PAnam GAmes in Toronto where we got this sick gold medal ! 😁

I have been at the Center of excellence since 2008, and I thought that 2016 would of been the last year of my career…Back in 2015, I had decided to retire after the summer of 2016, Olympics or no Olympics. After our heartbreaking result in the Olympic Qualifiers, I left everything behind and embarked on a new adventure aboard the world’s biggest cruise ship to do shows and move on with my life. This adventure was amazing and an eye-opening experience for me! 🙌🏻

Even if I was travelling through the Mediterranean,getting to meet great people from all over the World and performing every night in front of a standing ovation, I missed synchro… I missed training hard with my inspiring team mates and pushing my limits every day. So I decided to fight my way back! and keep pursuing my goal and what I wanted in life right now. 💪🏻

I realize I have the rest of my life to to pursue another career path, but the chance and privilege to swim for Canada will not be there forever.

The lesson and wisdom I would like to share from this experience with the young ones (or anyone else really) , is that no matter how impossible a dream seems or how many people think you are crazy for pursuing it, follow your heart 💙and go for it without any regrets!!😌

Now, getting out of the philosophical part of my life…. As a normal 26 years old woman, I love to spend time with my friends and family, I love to bake and cook and I love ( cannot live without) naps! 😁

I look forward to inspire young swimmers and share my experience with them! Feel free to reach out anytime! 🤗

You can follow me on social media on instagram @mloum 

Or through facebook : Marie-Lou Morin


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! 


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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!!

Tobermory Adventures

Tobermory, if you every have the chance to visit, is a small, charming and gorgeous place to spend your summer. The team was contacted recently with an incredible opportunity to swim in the Georgian Bay for the 150th Anniversary of Canada! SESQUI is an interactive media touring festival that will travel across the country in 2017. They have been filming all across Canada and will show the world a 360 degree view of our beautiful country! I have to say that the vision behind this project is incredible. Who would think to film Ballet in an airport, or synchro in a lake?? They did! We are so privileged to be a scene in this 20 minute film that will be shown in dome theatres everywhere.

At around 2:30pm on September 7th, after a plane to Toronto and a 4 hour bus, 8 of our girls at the Centre of Excellence took the 30
minute boat ride out of the Tobermory Harbour, to the edge of the Georgian Bay. There were 3 boats, one for the girls, which provided snacks, tea, and blankets, one for the crew and one rescue boat. The water was gorgeous and incredibly clear. We would be swimming about 200 metres from shore in front of what the crew called “the orb”, a bundle of cameras that would shoot a 360 degree view of the area, right over top of one of the many shipwrecks. As we arrive, we realize that the “lake” is not behaving the way you would think, more like an OCEAN if you ask me! We had huge waves with white caps coming off of them…. not ideal for SynchronizedSwimming…

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While we wait for the “OK” to jump into the water, we hear OUR music blaring from the shore line. It was epic. The entire team was in awe… OUR Fire & Ice music seemed to fit so well in this scenery; waves crashing, with the cool air and the sun setting in the background with the clear, erry water showing us all of it’s past triumphs. All we could muster was, “wooooooooow!!”

Even more comically, as the crew (in wetsuits) shares that the water is “not that cold” the team is in our competition outfits. Hair gelled, make up on and in our tiny sparkling suits, we jump into the Bay, with blood curdled screams! Rumours say the water was between 16 to 20 degrees. Though I would move that closer to the 16 degree mark…. there was some moments of panic, we quickly warmed up (as much as possible) and made our way to the ‘orb’ where we would do the rest of our filming.

After a quick rehearsal, and a small break, the orb was lowered into the water. Because the water was so cold and the waves were physically displacing our pattern at ever possible chance, our plan of swimming a 1.5 minute section was immediately a “no go”. We ended up having to do 10 seconds of our routine at a time. The below water shots were pretty easy to do because we could communicate above the water the whole time, minus one minor miscommunication where the orb was to shallow to swim above…. Imagine 8 girls using hand signals and screaming to the director (who is on shore) to drop the orb deeper into the water…. with very little success. Until a few minutes later he said over the microphone, “ohhhhh the orbs to shallow!” All of us start to laugh and scream “YESSSSSS!” Haha a little comic relief to get over the chill creeping over our bodies!

I have to say that the above water shoot, which just consisted in divers bringing the orb above the water on a pole that was anchored to the bottom of the bay, was extremely fun. This is the time where we really realized how beautiful this was going to be! The lake started to calm itself, the sun was in the perfect position and we (after many times training the sections) were finally getting comfortable in the water. The best part of the above shoot is that there can be no one around us….. So for about 5 minutes we would wait for the 3 boats to leave us out there…. all alone, above a shipwreck, with the crew literally hiding from the cameras. The music would start and we would do our small sections over and over again until it was time to call in the rescue boat! They would be the 1st on the scene to get us out of the water and check whether we got the shot. Of course there was some technical issues, so we would go in a few more times to get the perfect shot. Seriously, if you could have seen the view behind us as we swam, you would have fallen in love with this place too.img_0518

In total, we were out on the water for 4.5 hours and in the water for about 3 of them. We were chilly and exhausted after, but the experience of swimming in the bay that day will last forever.

For more information about SESQUI check out their Facebook Page or their Instagram which shows some of the incredible things they have done in their time of filming!

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Road To Tokyo

Hello World!

Today is officially DAY 1 of our Road To Tokyo!!! Watching Karine and Jackie make us proud in Rio was an incredible experience and we could not have hoped for a better performance from the two of them! We are so excited to hear about the entire journey from all of the experts who were in Rio with the girls.

Watching the Olympics was tough. It was hard because it is something you want to enjoy and watch with full commitment, like when you are young and ambitious about your future, but then the realization that we were basically there… just 0.7 away, sucks. It feels unfair and for a few moments you feel sad, but as soon you see your friends on TV kicking butt and winning medals, you start to realize that even the smallest thought of sadness is not worth it!

It’s the Olympics, there will be another chance! It’s all about coming together to watch our Canadian Athletes represent everything that you stand for and feel inspired by their stories, their struggles and their drive to achieve this ultimate goal. There were so many tears of joy during these games just knowing that I have met, spoken, and trained with most of these people. They have become my peers and I couldn’t be more excited of what they have achieved!

Our superstars have had the trip of their lives and in 4 years we will try to get that chance to live it as well. Each and every day is going to

Jackie at the Closing Ceremonies in Rio
Jackie at the Closing Ceremonies in Rio

be difficult and sometimes we will question everything that we have worked for, but in time it will be worth all the energy and the pain. This team has been through a lot, and with that there is a huge amount of fight in us. We will make this happen, we will be the Olympians we deserve to be.

Breakfast TV and Global News

This morning Jeremie Battaglia and I went to Breakfast TV and Global News to promote the film perfect! 

Breakfast TV Montreal

The film is about the struggles and obstacles we (Synchro Canada) had to overcome to achieve our goals. Although we will not make our Olympic debut this summer in Rio, we have learnt from our experiences and will move forward towards Tokyo 2020. 

For Calgarians, pick up the Calgary Herald today for an article on perfect and more information about how we are going to get the film across the country! Or click this LINK for the full article online! 

Canada’s road to Rio: Perfect

Watch CBC Firsthand tomorrow at 9pm EDT for the TV version and we also invite you to come to Cinema du Parc August 4th – 6th at 7pm EDT for the theatre experience! 

I’ll be there all 3 days to answer your questions and greet you after the screening! 

Claudia

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.

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!!!