MY POST ABOUT 2014 SUMMER CAMPS SEEMS TO HAVE DISAPPEARED! ALL THE INFO IS LISTED BELOW!
MY POST ABOUT 2014 SUMMER CAMPS SEEMS TO HAVE DISAPPEARED! ALL THE INFO IS LISTED BELOW!
Revolution Diving is hosting Canada’s Summer Senior Nationals May 16-18.
Spring does not feel like it is here, so what better way to spend your May long weekend than out of the cold and into the warmth at Pan Am Pool! Be amazed by Canada’s best divers as they spin, twist and slice into the water from 10-metre platform and 3-metre springboard. This event is FREE to the public and is sure to be the best entertainment on May long for Winnipeggers of all ages!
Come out and cheer on Canada’s Olympians Jennifer Abel, Meaghan Benfeito, Roseline Fillion, Francois Imbeau-Dulac and Riley McCormick as they compete to defend their national titles and to earn spots on Canada’s 2014 Commonwealth Games team!
Winnipeggers Aimee Harrison and Cam McLean will be representing Revolution and looking to earn spots on Canada’s international teams as well. Aimee was the Canadian bronze medallist in Women’s 3-metre springboard at the summer senior nationals last year in Quebec City. She is Canada’s newest National Team member, and she will be looking to make a run at the podium again! Cam was a Canadian junior national champion 8 years in a row and has been retired from diving for a couple of years. He has initiated his comeback is looking forward to competing at home for the first time in many years. Both Aimee and Cam are looking forward to diving in front of a home crowd! Come on out and cheer them on!
Events run from 10 am to 6 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Final event times will be posted in May.
|Friday – May 16th||8:00||Open Training|
|10:00||Women – 3m – Prelim|
|-||Men – 10m – Prelim|
|-||Women – 3m – Semi-Final|
|-||Men – 10m – Semi-Final|
|-||Women – 3m – Final|
|-||End of Training|
|Saturday – May 17th||8:00||Open Training|
|10:00||Men – 3m – Prelim|
|-||Women – 10m – Prelim|
|-||Men – 3m – Semi-Final|
|-||Men – 3m – Final|
|-||End of Training|
|Sunday – May 18th||8:00||Open Training|
|10:00||Women – 10m – Semi-Final|
|-||Men – 10m – Final|
|-||Women – 10m – Final|
|-||End of Training|
*Timing is subject to change
The following entry won the contest and was the winner of a $300 Revolution Voucher!
Going for Broke: My 2014 Sochi Olympic Moment
by Daniel Theriault
Bilodeau’s gold medal run at these most recent Olympic Games is not only my personal Olympic moment, but also the epitome of Olympic competition. Alexandre Bilodeau, now a two time Olympic gold medalist was able to succeed for a variety of reasons. The first being his courage and confidence, and the second being his mental tenacity and fortitude.
Bilodeau could have easily let his previous run (a run where he barely qualified for the final) eat away at his concentration and confidence. He found himself in a less than favorable situation. He could have easily given up and claimed that it simply wasn’t his day. It’s incredibly difficult to really try your hardest, when the possibility that your best may not be good enough. A lot of men are afraid of success and the responsibility and self-awareness that it entails. This is extremely relevant in the field of sports; success is rarely doled out to those who compete out of fear. Plato, one of, if not the most highly regarded philosophers of antiquity resumes this perfectly with this quotation: “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”
This superb athlete does not give himself up to the unfortunate tug of self-doubt and fear. Instead he decides it’s time to put everything on the line, he is set on going for broke. “I went for the first place or the sixth place. It was all or nothing. And it went through. It was the best run of my career.” It was this excerpt, told in an impeccably comic French Canadian accent (his poor grammar and awkward pauses revealing itself in all its glory), that resonated very deeply with me. I found that I could easily identify with this heartening message. After all, it was not so long ago that I had faced a similar situation and managed to salvage one of my better performances of my life.
Finally I found myself in the position to qualify for nationals, somewhere I had never been before. My preliminaries were rather shaky and I fell short of qualifying. I missed some of my simpler dives and balked on a hurdle, something I had not done previously in competition. Instead of viewing this event as a loss, I decided to stay positive and look on the bright side of things. I knew that this performance was not an indication of what I was truly capable of, and still I lay a dozen points away from the qualifying score. That balk on front three and a half was a symbol of my mindset during the preliminary; I was nervous and thinking of the wrong things. I had put it into my head that I needed every dive to be perfect. That hurdle on 107c was most certainly not perfect, because of my unhealthy mindset, I held back and balked. This act of cowardice, completely understandable and human, but nonetheless something one needs to overpower to succeed, cost me my first chance at qualifying.
Fortunately I had a second chance, like Alexandre Bilodeau, and I was able to capitalize on this opportunity. I was able to take one positive away from my preliminary and put the rest of it behind me. I decided to dive with no reservations, because of how close I was to my first ever qualification. The dives I had done well in my preliminaries were repeated quite well, and the dives I had missed, I improved on. I qualified for the first time, in my first competition of the year. The odds were stacked against me, and I had put an enormous pressure on myself. I dove for myself and knew that if I gave my most valiant effort and failed, I would still be able to forgive myself in due time. My goal finally accomplished a wave of joy, relief and disbelief washed over me. With no regard for any of the other divers currently practicing, I yelled at the top of my lungs “I qualified, I qualified!” over and over again. I had been rewarded for my trust in myself and my coaches. I decided to do as Bilodeau did and “go all or nothing” on not one but all my dives in that final.
And so, when I was half asleep on my couch after an exceptionally long and arduous day of diving and school, I was jerked completely awake by this powerful message, delivered by Bilodeau minutes after his Olympic run; still wide eyed and panting. In those eyes I saw a man who had put in more work than I could ever imagine, and was finally paid his dividend. I also remarked a beautiful elation filled with relief on his face, one that indicated he gave it all he could, ultimately a look absent of regret. And even though my victory was but a small building block in the grand scheme of things for this season; I have a hunch I may have had a similar look in my eyes after that 3 meter event, when I learned that all that hard work had finally paid off.
The following entry finished in 2nd place and was the winner of a $200 Revolution Voucher!
The Most Impacting Moment in the Olympics
by Talia Groening
The most impacting moment for me in the Olympics was when the girls hockey team was playing against the US. It was the most influencing moment because when it was the third period and the score was 2-0 with three minutes left, Canada pulled their goalie so they could have one more player on the ice. In the last three minutes Canada scored a goal. They still needed one more goal to tie the game. Canada scored their goal and it was exciting. Then it was overtime.
They knew that with hard work, teamwork and determination that they could win the gold.This influenced me because even though they were behind by two points they still tried their hardest and didn’t give up and it payed off. You continue to do your best with what time you have. It’s never to late to use your skills and do what you know how to do. I really liked the note the girls team left for the boys team to inspire them in their game.
This was part of the note:
“Tonight is yours. Own the moment. We are proof that every minute matters. The podium is reserved for the brave. Earn every inch, dictate the pace. Go get em! From the girls! :)”
What this note means to me in a diving perspective is that when you are on the board you have to think about the now and not what the score will be or how the dive is going to be. Also that even the smallest thing can change anything like pointing your toes or keeping your arms straight etc….. The part where it says “The podium is reserved for the brave” for me it means that if you want to succeed in diving you have to go for anything and be brave. “Earn every inch, dictate the pace” means make every thing count while doing your dive. The final part of the note is inspiring “go get em!”, this tells me to go out and be my best, I have trained hard and I know what I need to do.
I think seeing the girls never give up on themselves and winning the gold was inspiring. I need to try and believe in myself more because when you don’t give up on yourself you can achieve your goals.
The following entry finished in 3rd place and was the winner of a $100 Revolution Voucher!
What is Your Biggest Olympic Moment and how did it Inspire You?
by Cali Kramble
My biggest Olympic moment inspired me in three different ways, and it took place during the men’s corss-country skiing sprint finals. The ways it inspired me where to never give up, in the importance of sportsmanship, and in perserverance.
First, never giving up. During this race, Anton Gafarov, of Russia, broke one of his skis. Though he broke a ski, he continued the race, and even though it meant slow moving, and falling, he didn’t give up. So, while watching this, I converted this scenario into terms I can relate to as a diver. He broke a ski, I smack on a dive. He continued the race even though he had a broken ski, I get bak up and try the dive again, even though I smacked. Without giving up, he would eventually finish the race. Without giving up, I would eventually get better and better at the dive. So, even though cross-country skiing and diving are two completely different sports, he inspired me to never give up because by doing that, he would eventually reach his goal, and I know by never giving up, I will eventually reach my goals too.
Next, is the importance of sportsmanship. After Anton Gafarov broke a ski, and continued the race with difficulty, a Canadian coach saved the day by rushing to his aid and switching his broken ski with a new one in order for him to finish the race. In my opinion, this is one of the best ways that I’ve ever seen sportsmanship used, and it definitely inspired me. This showed that even though you may be on someone else’s team, or be competing against someone else, you can still help them. This is exactly what happened: a Canadian coach helped a Russian athlete. This inspired me to always use sportsmanship because it makes sport a better activity to be involved in. Nothing bad will ever come of helping someone else, the consequences will always be positive. Sportsmanship is one of the best aspects of sport, and makes sport better and more fun. Everyone should use this characteristic of sportsmanship. This Olympic moment showed just how important sportsmanship is because by the Canadian coach switching the broken ski, the Russian athlete was able to finish the race much more easily and much faster than if the coach hadn’t used sportsmanship and helped him out.
Finally, is perserverance. When someone does a sport, it is because they love it. Even if you will never be the best or if you will never win, if you really love the sport, that doesn’t matter at all. This skier showed perserverance by continuing the race with a broken ski, even though he knew he had no chance of winning. It inspired me to always have perserverance because even if I may not win, if I try hard and push myself to do my very best, then at the end of the day it doesn’t matter if you win or lose, all that matters is if you got something out of it.
The following entry finished in 4th place and was the winner of a $75 Revolution Voucher!
My Favourite Olympic Moment
By Dawson Groening
I found these Olympics to be unbelievably inspiring to me. There were so many incredible, touching and overall amazing moments like Alex Bilodeau, Dufour-Lapointe sister’s, Gilmore Junio and so many others. The moment that impacted me the most was the woman’s hockey final between Canada and the United States when the US was winning 2-0 with 3 minutes left in the game. With 3 minutes left Brianne Jenner scored a goal to bring Canada within 1 goal of the US. Next, a miracle happened when Canada had pulled their goalie and the US fires the puck down the ice towards the open net and the puck looks like it’s going to go in the net when it hit’s the post and keeps Canada’s dream alive. Marie-Philip Poulin lives that dream by scoring a goal with 55 seconds left and puts away the winner 8 minutes into overtime.
This really impacted me because in our sport you need to be able to come back from a bad dive or even event, competition, or anything and these girls really showed that it is absolutely possible to come back from anything, even when the pressure is on. It demonstrated that if I am going down a rough patch I am able to come back, leave everything on the table and just go for it. These girls gave it everything they had and even if they hadn’t won that hockey game I think they would all be proud of themselves because there was nothing more they could have done.
This really inspired me in the fact that no matter how bad your past has been, it is always possible to go out there and give it your all. It demonstrated that no matter how bad it seemed for them, nobody fell into a slump of feeling bad for themselves and letting their emotion’s take advantage of the potential that was there. They spent 57 minutes without scoring a goal while their counterpart had a two goal lead. Even in all this chaos, they put it all behind them, and showed the world on the biggest stage what they could do, with their skills that they had so far. They knew that they weren’t going to get any better than they were at that very moment so they put it out there and it all fell together.
All this has inspired me to work towards how they were able to achieve it. These Olympic’s were a true showing of real competitor’s and how they handled the immense pressure, coming back from an emotional time, and giving it all they had in that very moment.
GO CANADA GO!
Our divers are finding these 2014 Sochi Olympics and Paralympics to be incredibly insipring!
To help the divers fully appreciate the motivation that they have gained from watching these amazing Games, Revolution Diving held a contest:
What was your biggest 2014 Sochi Olympic Moment and how did it impact you?
There were some wonderful entries! It was amazing the variety of “moments” that were chosen from gold medal performances to good sportsmanship! Judging was very difficult, and was left up to the following panel:
Dr. Adrienne Leslie-Toogood, Sport Psychologist, Canadian Sport Centre Manitoba
Daryl Hurrie, Sport Science, Canadian Sport Centre Manitoba
Adam Toffan, Strength and Conditioning, Canadian Sport Centre Manitoba
Cam McLean, Senior National Level Revolution Diver
Dallas Ludwick, Manitoba Regional Diving Head Coach
Watch for future posts and we share some of the inspiring words shared by Revolutions very motivated divers! You are sure to become inspired yourself! We will be publishing our top 4 finalists!