• Nick Zacharias

Goettisheim shines at world finals


PHOTO COURTESY CANADA ARTISTIC SWIMMING

Tara Goettisheim (third from left) and Team Canada look imposing as they get ready to take on the world at the 2019 Fina World Youth Artistic Swimming Championships in Samorin, Slovakia held August 28 to September 1.

Hudson artistic swimmer Tara Goettisheim has returned from her performance at the FINA World Youth Artistic Swimming Championships in Samorin, Slovakia with a lot to be proud of.

After countless hours of training, she and the rest of the squad travelled overseas as part of Team Canada to take on the best artistic swimmers in the world. Tara’s performance helped them achieve a final ranking of 12th in the Team 13-15 year-old category, and 11th in Duet.

It wasn’t an easy road. She suffered a concussion during training in the lead-up to the event, leaving her unsure for a time if she’d even be able to compete.

“The injury meant that Tara had to be followed closely on concussion protocols after three days of symptoms, and she missed about ten days of training all together in Waterloo, Ontario,” said her mom Melanie Goettisheim. “It was really stressful for her after all she’s done to think she might not make it, but obviously her health has to come first.”

As a result of the interruption, she had to miss the preliminary round of Duet with partner Mya Fortin (Gatineau, QC), and was replaced by teammate Charlotte Gray (Toronto). Happily for her she got the green light to swim the finals for Duet, and also swim the preliminaries and finals for the Team event.

“We’re so proud of her, and all of them for doing so well,” says Melanie, “to come 11th and 12th against the best in the world, especially those from countries where geographically it’s easier for them to train together, is really amazing.”

For Tara’s part, while being away from home for 48 days wasn’t easy, she’s thrilled to have had the experience.

“I’m glad to be home,” she said, “but I’m sad too – it was so amazing being over there, and I made some great friends that I’ll really miss swimming with.”

For now, Tara gets a three week break from training, and then it’s right back at it for the new season. With all this 14-year-old athlete has already accomplished, her future holds a lot of promise.

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