By: Jaiden Reigner
“Just try it once, if you don’t like it we can go home and you wont have to do it again,” my Mom explained, as I stood on pool deck, looking around at the L-shaped pool laid out in front of me.
From my very first day as a five-year-old synchronized swimmer, Sir Max Aitken Pool has been like a second home to me. With countless hours of training, I have spent ten years in that pool. Ten years of laughing, crying, and hard work concealed within the promising walls of that pool in New Brunswick, which Fredericton Synchro is proud to call home. To me, there was no other pool that I could ever really call home. It is where my synchro career began and developed.
This past year I made the tough decision to part ways with New Brunswick and join the Regional Training Centre – Ontario. I left Sir Max Aitken pool behind, hoping to encourage younger generations to strive to do their best in synchronized swimming, and to inspire the athletes at my pool who looked up to me to develop their passion for the sport. Leaving this part of my life behind was tough, as I had made so many close bonds with all my teammates and coaches. Swimming at Sir Max Aitken pool changed my life, and allowed me to form life-long friendships with my peers and coaches.
When I learned that Sir Max Aitken pool had been scheduled to shut down, I was devastated. Each day Fredericton Synchro makes their mark on young athletes and the Fredericton community. I hope to see a future for the teammates that I left behind,as I know they are working hard to pursue their dreams. I know how much that pool means to me, and if a new pool is not built to replace it I fear that the sport of synchronized swimming will be forever lost in Fredericton.