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.
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!!
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!!!
“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!!
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!
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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.
Well, it has been about a week an a half since we have been training here in San Juan and I must say it’s been an intense, yet gratifying camp so far! We have taken a new approach towards this competition, mainly being that we are really starting to simulate what it will be like swimming in Rio. For example, here in Puerto Rico we have a half open pool, giving us a bit of the feeling of swimming outside with the sun as well as some wind which is a force that we don’t get to feel on a daily basis. It has been a great team building experience to work through each situation we have faced, as well as some we might face in the future.
We have also taken some large steps forward as we are finally finding that “sweet spot” we need to compete at our best. A sense of unity is rising within us. For all of us, even for our last olymian on the team, having to qualify is a new experience. It has been an uphill battle, both mentally and physically, to prepare ourselves for an event of such magnitude, and what an amazing feeling it is! We are finally here!!! We have been training our entire lives for this moment. The chance to compete at the Olympic Level for our country, in front of some of our biggest supporters is something that will live with us beyond these qualifiers as well as beyond the Olympic Games. We are in complete control of this journey, knowing that we have done everything in our power to get us to this stage of our careers. We are going to go in fighting, never doubting that we are fully prepared for this challenge.