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Kali

Here she is! A fellow Calgarian, Kali!

Hi synchro community!

My name is Kali, and I have been a member of the senior national team for the past 2 years. At the young age of 7, I was introduced to the beautiful sport of synchro. My auntie had thought it would be perfect for me as it combined my love of water, dance, and gymnastics. It turned out that she was right, and here I am 14 years later, still loving every minute of it.

I began my career with the Calgary Aquabelles for 11 years until I graduated from high school at theNational Sport School. Following my graduation, I was accepted to Concordia University, which pushed my decision to move to Montreal, and begin my training with Dollard Synchro until I was chosen to be a member of the national team. I am really enjoying and looking forward to everything being a national team member has to offer me. I’ve gained so much knowledge of the sport and have had many new experiences that help me in my everyday life.

Aside from training I am also coaching a wide array of athletes at Dollard Synchro from lessons, to the more experienced juniors. I’ve recognized my love of coaching, and helping individuals to find their passion is something that I will continue to do for many years to come.

Away from the pool, I am a member of a variety of fandoms, Harry Potter being my absolute favourite!!! 😀 Some of my hobbies include getting lost in a good book, watching TV shows endlessly (when I have the time), baking yummy desserts, and spending quality time with my family and friends.

I’m looking forward to the adventure ahead of me, and am excited to share parts of it with all of you! 🙂

You can follow me on social media at:

Facebook: Kali-Rae Wong
Instagram: @xoxkalirae

kali

 

Meet Andree-Anne

Welcome our newest member to the Senior National Team!! The translation seemed very weird, so it will be the 1st french post of the season 😉

Salut tout le monde!

Je m’appelle Andrée-Anne, j’ai 18 ans et je viens de St-Georges-de-Beauce. J’ai commencé à nager avec le club Synchro Chaudière-Appalaches à l’âge de 6 ans. Après avoir participé à ma première compétition internationale en Belgique à seulement 11 ans, j’ai décidé de déménager à Québec pour pouvoir poursuivre dans le sport au niveau élite. J’ai nagé avec Synchro Élite (maintenant Québec Excellence Synchro) pendant 6 ans.

J’ai étudié tout mon secondaire dans le programme sports-arts-études de l’école Cardinal-Roy. Ensuite, j’ai commencé mes études collégiales au cégep Garneau. J’étudie présentement au collège Ahuntsic.

Je viens tout récemment de me classer sur l’équipe nationale senior qui s’entraine au Stade Olympique de Montréal. Je suis très heureuse de commencer cette nouvelle expérience. La synchro m’a permis de voyager à travers le monde et de visiter de nombreux pays dont la Finlande, la Russie et le Mexique, et j’espère en découvrir plusieurs autres.

Sinon, j’aime bien écouter Netflix, faire des siestes, manger des mcflurry au oreo et passer du temps avec ma famille et mes amis.

Vous pouvez me suivre sur facebook ou instagram @andree_anne_cote 🙂

Au plaisir de vous rencontrer bientôt 🙂

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Meet Janelle!

Hey Everyone!!
Over the next couple weeks, we will be presenting to you the members of the Senior National Team for the 2017 season!

We will start things off with Janelle Ball! Here’s what she has to say:

Hey everyone ! 🙂

So those who know anything about me know I’m terrible with social media (and email :p), but here I am creating my very own post to present myself! Pretty amazing haha

My name is Janelle, I am 24 years old, and I was born and raised in Montreal. I started my swimming career in the West Island Outdoor pool system as a 6 year old at Glenmore Pool, and quickly took up winter synchro at Dollard Synchro, where I swam from the age of 6 to 18. Growing up, I was able to train and compete at an elite level year round, while going to school thanks to the amazing Jrhs Sport-Etudes program.
This is my 6th season at the Centre of Excellence, and the I have had many amazing opportunities to travel and compete internationally representing Canada.
Most recently, I took part in the Olympic Qualifier in Rio de Janeiro. Thinking about the support we felt from our country leading up to that competition still gives me goosebumps.

A couple random things about me…

My favourite colour is pink, I am fluent in sarcasm, and I love tiny dogs (yes, the kind that many people consider to be rats).

You can follow my extremely inactive social media accounts here :

Twitter : @janelleball
Instagram: @balljanelle

Thanks for taking a couple minutes out of your day to get to know me a bit better 🙂

Look forward to seeing a bunch of you in the near future ! janelle

 
Stay tuned for more from the National Team as we introduce the girls and make our preparations for the year to come! It’s going to be a doozie!!!
C

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!!

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.

Viewing “Parfaites”

Hey everyone! 

Last night we had the privilege of seeing the 1st screening of the French feature film “Parfaites” 

What an amazing experience!! I am so proud to be a part of this incredible film. What Jérémie has done is create a film that expresses all of the hard work, emotions and sacrifice that goes in to one 4 minute swim at the end of the journey. The visuals are beautiful and although I feel super awkward listening to my own voice, I can’t help but feel so proud! 

I hope that this film gives you the understanding of what it is like to be a synchronized swimmer and what it takes to be an elite athlete. I hope young swimmers will see all that we have gone through and learn from the obstacles we had to overcome. 

For our Montreal friends you can view the feature version of the film (76 min.) 

Cinémathèque Québécoise, view website Here (French version) Playing now twice a day. 15h30 and 19h00.    
Cinéma du Parc, buy tickets Here (English version) has only 3 screenings August 4, 5 and 6.
For all of you across Quebec and Canada you can view the film on TV
July 30 (French 52 min) at 21h00 on SRC Mille et une vies
August 4 (English 44 min) at 21h00 on CBC First Hand

Hope you enjoy the film in all its versions!! Each one of them is unique. I have friends who will screen all three!

Marielou and Claudia signing some posters!

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!!!

“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!!

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!

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