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Jacqueline
Simoneau
CanadaCanada, CAN
Artistic Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
29 September 1996
Height
165 cm
Residence
Montreal, QC, CAN
Occupation
Athlete, Public Speaker
Languages
English, French
Higher education
Health Science - Vanier College: Saint-Laurent, QC, CAN

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age eight. She was at diving practice when she became intrigued by the artistic swimmers at the other end of the pool.
Why this sport?
As a child she practised artistic swimming, diving, water polo and swimming, but narrowed the sports down to diving and artistic swimming. She had a diary listing the pros and cons of both, and was eventually forced to choose when she was scheduled to compete in both sports on the same day. "I always loved participating in many different sports as a kid and had trouble picking just one. In my search for finding a sport that would cover many different aspects, I discovered synchronised swimming. It is a sport that requires cross training and I can do everything that I love - running, weights, speed swimming, diving, water polo, trampoline and much more."
Club / Team
Club Synchro Saint-Laurent: Canada
Name of coach
Johana Vasquez [club]; Nancy Belanger [club]; Gabor Szauder [national]; Katarzyna Kulesza [national]

International Debut

Year
2012
Competing for
Canada

General Interest

Hobbies
Collecting snow globes from different countries, cooking, baking, learning about human anatomy, reading, golf, horse riding. (olympic.ca, 11 Aug 2019; synchro.ca, 16 Aug 2016)
Hero / Idol
Canadian artistic gymnast Kyle Shewfelt, Russian artistic swimmer Natalia Ishchenko. (journalmetro.com, 02 Oct 2017; synchro.ca, 16 Aug 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Mens sana in corpore sano [A healthy mind in a healthy body]." (olympic.ca, 11 Aug 2019)
Awards and honours
She was named 2012 Athlete of the Year by Synchro Canada. (synchro.ca, 2013)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 11 Jan 2020)
Other information
NOT A NATURAL TALENT
Because her size was short for artistic swimmer, she faced difficulties throughout her career. "When I first started the sport, it was actually hard to share my goals with my coaches and teammates because I am not a naturally-built synchronised swimmer. I'm not naturally tall, like Natalia Ischenko who is gorgeous, tall and with long legs. That's one thing I didn't have. And natural flexibility is also something I didn't have." (insidesynchro.org, 15 Nov 2018)

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