Hello to my favourite supporters!
It has been a while since I last updated you but I think we can all agree it has been a busy few months.
With the new year coming up I just wanted to give you a small update as I move away from the pool and onto my new life.
After an unbelievable showing by the women at the Olympics in Rio I was humbled to captain the Canadian Swim Team and will forever hold my two Olympic experiences close to my heart. With that said, I am also absolutely thrilled to be moving on to the next chapter and excited to overcome new types of challenges. I will continue to be very connected to the swimming and sporting community, and of course will forever follow my passion in mentoring young people.
My cross Canada drive was a huge success and I learned a ton. Together with my one GREAT employee, Matt Bortolussi, I spoke to 45 different groups and got to meet and speak with over 3000 participants. My amazing four sponsors RBC, BMW, Dairy Farmers of Canada and Swimming Canada helped me to make the tour a success. I met and reconnected with an incredible amount of wonderful people. It was an absolute dream come true for me.
At this point I have moved back into my downtown Toronto apartment and am continuing my role as an RBC Olympian. I am working in office daily and gaining extremely valuable experience on the Brand Marketing team, specifically in sponsorships. I am most definitely looking for a more permanent role in marketing or communications with greater responsibilities in the new year, so please keep your eyes and ears peeled! I’ve loved the transition so far and have been running and cycling with a little dip in the pool once in a while too.
Thank you all for your close support and for following me through some of the best years of my life. I can honestly say I would never have reached my second Olympic games without the belief and support from all of you. Every good luck and congrats made a difference and for that I am forever in your debt. Lastly, for all of you who know my parents, Joe and Nancy… it is them who should be congratulated on my swimming career. Mom and Dad, you were always the shoulder for me to lean on and your endless love and support allowed me to reach levels none of us thought possible back on August 4th, 1989. 🙂
Thank you all for making me better and please never hesitate to reach out. You no longer need to worry about interrupting a training session or a competition 🙂