INTERVIEW: Synchro Canada’s senior national team, London 2012 Olympics (VIDEO)

With the London 2012 Olympic Games around the corner, athletes from across the country are putting in every last effort for training and preparation.

Recently I had the chance to meet Synchro Canada’s senior national team members: Jo-Annie Fortin, Tracy Little, Karine Thomas and Erin Willson.

Synchro Canada's Senior National Team trainging for London 2012 pose with Shannon Skinner

I caught up with these young women at the Etobicoke Olypium Pool, where they attended the 2012 Ontario Open Age Synchronized Swimming Championships. I was instantly taken with their energy — each vibrant and full of life, buzzing with excitement about participating in the London 2012 Olympics.

As high performance athletes — able to achieve incredible stunts in the water — this is a great time in their lives, with the Olympic Games fulfilling many of their dreams. The training is grueling — putting in hours and hours each day, 365 days a year — but all I could see was smiles as I spoke with the girls. They simply love it, pushing their bodies beyond the norm and achieving what they do best.

As you can see in this picture (that is me in the centre), I sort of blend in with their team uniforms, which was unplanned. The girls joked with me that I looked like I could be part of their team.

Check out what these inspiring young women have to say about how they push past fear, their keys to success, their dreams, hopes and the upcoming Olympic Games in this Shannon Skinner Special Report, which is part of an ongoing series of on-location interviews, reporting for Extraordinary Women TV with Shannon Skinner (VIDEO):

Cross-posted at and Huffington Post Canada


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