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Worlds

Hey Everyone,

It’s been a busy few weeks to say the least. Right after our amazing experience at the Pan Am Games, we were immediately brought back down to earth with a training camp in Bratislava, Slovakia. This camp had to be one of the hardest things I’ve done in my synchro career; physically, mentally and emotionally. It was like Vegas Week on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’….. And if you have never seen that show, it was hell. 

Meng pushed us to the edge and by the end of day one we all knew that this was going to be the hardest 5 days of our summer. Honestly, I expected it to be crazy, but it was worse than I imagined. It’s hard to be positive about it because at that point I just wanted to wipe it from my memory (and also why I never posted anything about it), but it paid off.  

 Trusting the coach is the key to days like this. I’m pretty sure by day 3, I thought she was trying to kill us. But she was right. This training camp changed my World Championships in a way I could never have thought possible. I am generally a very nervous, stressed competitor. I always feel like I will forget a move or make a mistake, which is not a thought you want 10 seconds before you walk onto the deck, but this competition has been the most fun I’ve had in a long time.

There came a point in my career that I started to dislike competing because the nerves would take over and I wouldn’t enjoy the moment as much. This year has changed that! 1st of all, competing at Pan Am in front of a home crowd was so gratifying. The swims itself were very hard, physically, but I loved every second I had in the water. It was an experience that I can’t even fully describe on paper. I loved every minute of it, even the pain I was feeling made this dream-like event so real.  

Gold medal swim @ Pan Am
 
Worlds, on the other hand, has been by far one of the easiest competitions I’ve had. The swims have felt amazing and I am having so much more fun than ever before…. Probably due to the fact that I’m not thinking about how much pain I’ll be in; thanks to hell week in Bratislava. We are so ready!! I don’t think this team has ever felt this together and this determined to prove how great we truly are!! 

It has been inspiring to be a part of such an incredible journey. Whether the marks are high or low, we will fight till the bitter end. We have come so far these last few years. This is my family; my home. I am so thankful to have been given the chance to swim with this team and to share a full array of emotions with these girls. We are warriors ready to fight a battle. We can not be any more prepared for these last few swims than we are right now and I believe that we can truly be proud of what we have achieved here.  

Tech Team @ Kazan 2015
 
In the end, it’s not about the marks. It’s about us and how we have improved as a team. We are Team Canada and we are champions. 

– C

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We have arrived! 

Hello from Toronto!!! 

Yesterday Team Canada arrived in the village for our 1st day at the Pan Am Games! It was exciting, to say the least! The Synchro girls received our very own TownHouse. All of the 9 members of our team will be staying in one house together; meaning that we will be able to stay 100% connected throughout this incredible experience!   

Day 1: Arrival
 
 From there we had a meeting with our Chef de Mission, Curt Harnett, and other members of our support team to go through the protocols for the village as well as OUTFITTING!! We received a huge suitcase full of Canada Gear that we will wear everywhere during the Games. It’s like Christmas! The buzz around this whole team is so infectious. We have been smiling, laughing and repping our gear proudly as we walk around the village to meet other athletes of all nationalities!  
After a very eventful day of exploring the amazing facility TO2015 has given us, we move towards Day 2 with open arms. 

Day 2

As you could have probably guessed, yesterday was a big day for all of us and I just couldn’t get myself to sit down on the computer to type…. There was just so much to see! So naturally, I’m writing this on the bus coming from our competition venue after a great day of media sessions and training.  

 Synchro, as of this morning, was the 1st sport to be interviewed in these Games. We had a fun, very natural session with journalists; just to get the word out about our sport and our potential for the 1st GOLD medal of TO2015!!! Alexandre Bilodeau style!  

” Try to be serious”
 We received some great questions about our training, the pressure of a second consecutive gold, our connection as a team and how we keep this journey something that we look forward to on a daily basis. I don’t think people fully understand how tough our job really is, but by spreading this message we will hopefully be recognized as the elite athletes we are…. Not just a sport that looks good.  

 Training today was a success. We had a great Monday practice and with that brings some extra confidence and excitement. We have a long day ahead of us tomorrow, therefore I conclude that it’s time for bed!!! Good night all!

– C 

Canada Day

Day 179

7 Days until #TO2015

Hello Everyone!!!

This is about 20 hours late, but HAPPY CANADA DAY!! Yesterday we had our Send-Off Show for the Pan Am Games and 11655121_10153165239252928_1834633805_nWorld Championships! It was a great turnout. Almost every swimmer had someone to support them….. Some swimmers *cough cough* had around 15+ family members!! Either way, it was a great day for us.

We always have a show before we leave for big competitions, but this year it was especially important to have the opportunity to simulate our routines with full competition make up and suits. We felt pretty great about our routines, and by our video analysis this morning, we did have some great performances!!

Today was….. to say the least, challenging! We had a pretty tough workout…. and by workout I mean 4 hours of non-stop routine swimming. Days like today are quite frustrating. As an athlete you’re wondering, “why is she making me do this?”. Well, it’s to make you better, believe it or not. I am not going to lie, today sucked. Not in the sense that we didn’t have good swims, because after the ridiculous amount of work we did, we had some of our BEST swims to date!

The worst part is the pain you feel in your lungs and your legs after restarting your run through 15 times, but you have to do it!!! Because no matter how terrible you feel, your teammates are feeling the same. They are pushing their limits just as much as you are and they want to make it through the routine without having the coach stop the music… again. Now that I am thinking about what we accomplished today, I am proud, but in the heat of the moment I was not a happy camper.

Today, we pushed another limit. Tomorrow we will push it even more!! This team is so strong and everyday I see us becoming more of a family! By doing these intense, semi-crazy, training days we are building something so incredible. I believe we will be ready for these games and for Worlds! It’s our time to SHINE!

– C

P.S 400 days to go!!!

One week to go!

Day 175

11 days until #TO2015

Hello Everyone,

Today marks ONE WEEK before we leave for the Pan Am Games!!! I think I can speak for the rest of the team when I say that we are very excited to compete in Toronto. These are our games and we are so happy to be celebrating our achievements, thus far, with our home country. It is going to be a very BIG, very exciting experience for us. Most of this team has not competed at a Pan Am Games, so we are going to soak in every minute of it.

photoshoot HL

I think it’s very fair to say that we have had our share of ups and downs this year. Like any team, we have been working out the kinks and have been striving to make our routines ones that the audience, and the judges, will remember… Over the last 175 days we have become so much more of a unit; One team that will compete together and win together. Whether that is a gold medal around our necks or the satisfaction of having a “best swim”, we will be smiling. I am proud to say that these girls are my family and every day they show me how strong they are. As a group, we can move mountains.

20141001-070602-25562589.jpgHeading to Toronto soon, I would like to say a quick thank you to everyone who has supported this journey. The coaches and athletes could not have made it this far without our tremendous staff of experts and of course the family and friends that keep us sane on a daily basis. Your listening ears…. well, reading minds, that keep this blog filled with viewers is an inspiration in itself. So THANK YOU!!

Now, go share!!! Share our journey with your friends and family! Throughout the Games we will be working with our photographer to keep this blog up-to-date; filling it with photos, videos and info from inside the Village, Competition Venue and all other amazing things, such as the Opening Ceremonies!! If you aren’t following this blog yet, now would be an exciting time to start!

For more details of our #TO2015 experience check out my FacebookTwitter and Instagram accounts using the links. Have fun and share, share, share!!

– C

The Countdown!

Day 166

20 days until #TO2015

WOW!! How the time has flown!!! Today marks 20 Days until we compete at the Pan Am Games in Toronto! Recently, the buzz surrounding the Games has been incredible. We have heard so many positive things about the ‘New and Improved’ Sport Centre as well as amazing things about the people who are making it all happen. Canada has a fantastic team behind us; whether its volunteers, organizers, athletes, coaches, support staff….. Let’s just say, we have been blessed!

Training has been going pretty well! This week we did some taper, meaning that our intensity has not decreased, but the amount of volume has. These last couple of days our main focus has been doing our routines on demand. We have done the work….. which is an understatement….. and now we are ready to focus on the task at hand: Doing one AMAZING swim!!! We are pus10456262_10202861449651048_3185886796029264398_nhing each other to the limit and with that we are starting to trust that WE are ONE TEAM, ready to compete at these Games. I am so proud to be a Canadian Athlete and I can’t wait to share this moment with our friends and family on home soil. This is going to be a BIG stepping stone to our Olympic Journey. As the TO2015 Chef de Mission, Curt Harnett, would say: “The road to Rio passes through Toronto.”

One last note, each day on our 50 day countdown to the Games we read a note… It can be a quote, athletes words, or an inspiring message…. Today’s was “Individually you are a drop of water, but together you are an ocean”

– C

Pre-Pan Am Games Orientation

Day 165

21 days until #TO2015

Hello All!

As you all know, the Pan Am Games are approaching very quickly leaving us no time to catch our breath. 

Yesterday all athletes, coaches and the rest of the ‘behinds the scenes’ team for TO2015, took some time to smell the roses. We were given a much needed, very inspiring orientation about past experiences, Olympic Journey’s and much more! It gave us the chance to meet our fellow Canadian Athletes and share our ‘Game Plan’, which is an integral part of our future success at these Games and the next. 

Listening to our Chef de Mission, Curt Harnett, and other athletes speak about their experiences was amazing. Their inspiring message taught us to be prepared for any situation.   

  

The Olympics is something we have been dreaming about since we were small kids; we have a vision in our minds of how it’s supposed to go, but as we all know, things don’t always go as planned. We must be prepared for anything that comes our way. Whether that is that the bed is too hard, the training wasn’t ideal, there’s more traffic to the competition facilities than usual etc etc… So what are you going to do?? 

All I can say to that is: CONTROL THE CONTROLABLE. You can’t change whatever challenges you may face at different international competitions, but you can control YOU! Take it into your own hands, knowing that you have done everything to get to this moment and that nothing will get in the way of you and a potential podium finish. We are One Team and together we are Canada Strong! 

We are so excited to compete in front of our family and friends, see you soon!!!! 

Love you all!!

– C 

Olympic Day In Montreal

Day 159

27 days before #TO2015

Hey Everyone,

It’s Olympic Day! 

Throughout the day we had the opportunity to teach young kids and show our routines to some very enthusiastic audiences!! 

 

Trying Synchro
 
We are so proud to be representing Team Canada at the Pan Am Games and that also includes sharing our sport with the next generation! The kids loved it and it was a great day for us too!! 

Hello There!

Happy Olympic Day everyone!!! Hope it was inspiring to see Canada’s past and future Olympians. Can’t wait to see what the next generation will bring! 
– C

Filming with the GoPro for the COC

Team Announcement

Day 145

41 Days Until #TO2015 Pan Am Games

Hey Everyone,

Today is a very special day for Team Canada! We have officially announced the 9 girls that will compete for GOLD at the #TO2015 Pan Am Games! 

Click Here full the full press release in English. 

We are very excited to compete in front of our family and friends again this year at the TPASC! As a team we have taken some incredible leaps these last few weeks. We still have a lot of work to do and details to perfect, but I am proud to say that we are going to be ready for these Games. 

#GoingForGold

  
“Swim as show off as Ukraine, Russian duck effect, Precise as Japan, Sharper than Italy. Let’s fight harder than Spain. Let’s be CANADA FEARLESS!!!”

– Marie-Lou, Free Team Captain 

– C