Canada’s artistic swimming Olympic training team — including Newfoundland’s own Catherine Barrett — will be in metro St. John’s later this month as part of its training program leading up the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo.
The Newfoundland visit, which will take place Nov. 24-30, is one of three on what can be seen as a cross-Canada road trip by the national team. After a September boot camp in Stoneham, Que., the team’s travel schedule began in Prince George, B.C., then continued in Winnipeg with a session that wrapped up last weekend.
Clubs across the country had been invited to apply to participate in the sessions, with those in Prince George, Winnipeg and Newfoundland making the successful bids.
The schedule of events in St. John’s includes in-pool and on-land training for the Olympic team, along with three evening sessions Nov. 25, 26, 28 )for Newfoundland and Labrador Artistic Swimming (NLAS) clubs to train with the national side and its coaches, and a No. 29 session to allow local athletes and coaches to interact with the Olympic team in a less structured practice.
The 19-year-old Barrett, who began her artistic swimming career with Sea Stars Synchro in St. John’s, has been part of the national team program since 2015 and with the senior national team since 2018. Barrett, who won four national titles in 2018 and was seventh in two world junior events the same year, is based out of the Regional Training Centre in Toronto.