The morning after the Opening Ceremonies of the 2019 Canada Winter Games, artistic swimming’s athletes and coaches boarded busses and headed back to Calgary, where they settled in to one of the two satellite villages of the Games. The competition standards for all Games venues are very specific and for artistic swimming, the Repsol Centre in Calgary was the best option. It is absolutely spectacular!
Pre-competition and Opening Ceremonies, the athletes stayed in Red Deer with the other teams, and since they had a taste of both villages, we wanted to know what they liked most about staying out in Calgary.
Overwhelmingly, having their own bed and not having to share bathrooms was the biggest bonus of being in a hotel-type setting in downtown Calgary versus the dorms in Red Deer. Many of the athletes have competed here before and greatly appreciate the quality of the competition venue as well. The athletes and coaches from other provinces and territories are also familiar and the camaraderie is evident everywhere.
All of the swimmers were also unanimous however, in saying that they loved being in the athletes’ village in Red Deer, being able to take in the Opening Ceremonies, and mingle with other Team Toba athletes and those from other teams. One athlete even mentioned she missed the ‘unlimited juice’!
Once competition in Calgary is complete on Thursday evening, the artistic swimmers will head back to Red Deer and have some more time to take in other sports and enjoy the village before going home. Wishing you all the best in Calgary! Can’t wait to see you Friday!