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Hudson synchronized swimmer makes a splash


PHOTO BY MELANIE GOETTISHEIM

For those who think of swimming as strictly an outdoor summer pursuit it may seem a little out of synch, but in the competitive synchronized swimming world the action heats up over the winter. This absolutely is the case for 13-year-old synchronized swimmer and new Hudson resident Tara Goettisheim.

Tara won the gold medal at the end of January with a standout solo performance at the 2019 Quebec Provincial Championships in Quebec City. This victory came while competing in an experienced pool of synchronized swimmers in the age 13-15 division, which means that age and time are on her side. She took a second provincial gold medal in the duet category with her partner and teammate at Dollard Synchro, Mya Fortin. Not content to rest there though, Tara is training hard to be ready for two upcoming national events, one next month in Montreal, and another this May in Kamloops, British Columbia.

“Our lives revolve around synchro,” says her mother Melanie with a chuckle, “for all the money and the time it takes, I’ve often told her the second she doesn’t love it anymore we’d walk away.” But Tara isn’t walking away. This dedicated young athlete gets up every day at 5:50 a.m. to meet her busy schedule of swim practice and school, and maintains a strong average in her Sport-Études program at John Rennie High School while training for at least 25 hours a week in the pool.

Recently relocated from just outside Toronto, Tara made a splash upon arrival last summer by winning the gold medal at the ALPS (Association of Lakeshore Pools) finals held at the Hudson Yacht Club in her new home town. She and her family have been embraced from the start in Hudson says her mom. “The people here have just been great and really welcoming.”

As first in her category for synchronized swimming in Quebec (or rather artistic swimming, as it is now officially called in international circles, something we’ll all have to get used to) and with the nationals coming up, Tara has her sights set on making this year’s 13-15 Canadian National Team to expand her competitive horizons even further.

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