• Nick Zacharias

An extra special Canada Day


PHOTO BY DAN ROBICHAUD

Tara Goettisheim of Hudson has an extra reason to celebrate Canada Day this year. The 14-year-old athlete has officially earned her place on Team Canada as one of only 10 swimmers chosen nationally through a gruelling process to represent the country in the age 13-15 category this August at the FINA Youth Artistic Swimming World Championships in Slovakia.

After standout performances over the past several months at provincial and national artistic swimming championships, most recently at the Nationals in British Columbia where she took home several medals and the Aggregate Award for overall performance, Tara Goettisheim has earned a spot on the National Team to compete against the best in the world.

The process brought her back to Montreal where 24 of the top Canadian athletes were invited to compete at a selection camp at the Olympic Stadium for eight tough days over the second week of June. The camp meant staying on site for long hours of performing physical tests, training in the pool and on dry land, and doing team-building exercises.

“This year’s selection process gave coaches the opportunity to observe the best twenty-four 13-15 athletes in Canada both in national competition and at the selection camp. Throughout the camp, we were impressed by how hard all 24 athletes worked to earn a spot on the team” said National Team Head Coach Elena Podolsky in a news release.

PHOTO BY DAN ROBICHAUD

Hudsonite Tara Goettisheim will be representing Canada (along with her teammate Mya Fortin).

At the conclusion of the selection camp, Goettisheim had to hold her breath for days waiting for the official results, a feat of calm even for one so used to performing underwater in high pressure situations. The tense wait was worth it though and when she finally got word that she’d made the cut, “she was jumping and screaming all over the place – she was super, super excited,” according to her mom Melanie Goettisheim.

She’ll have a few weeks to collect herself and really let the news sink in and then it’s off to Ontario later in July to begin training for the World Championships. Goettisheim, her national gold medal duet partner and Dollard Synchro teammate Mya Fortin, and eight others from across Canada will join together for a month-long preparation (both here and in Slovakia) in the lead-up to the biggest competition of their young lives this August.

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