Marissa Enns has been named OSSC Athlete of the Month by the OSSC Coaches in recognition of her achievements at the Central/North Regionals meet. This award recognizes notjust Marissa’s success but all the hard work, dedication and that she puts in in the pool.
Q: Marissa, you are now in your second year of synchronized swimming. You recently won bronze in 10 U figures and with your team placed 5th. You are also practicing your 10U pre-set solo in preparation for the 2013 12 & Under Open Provincial Championships (Trilliums) where last year you placed 10th swimming in your first year competitively. What do you feel has had the biggest impact on helping you achieve your recent success at Central/North Regionals?
A: The biggest impact helping me achieve the results in Sudbury was a focus on hard work and effort by me and my coaches.
Q: What do you see as your biggest challenge?
A: My biggest challenge will be team. We are young and in a very competitive age group. We work very well together and will focus on our effort and do our best.
Q: How do you overcome challenges?
A: I just get through my challenges by calming down and thinking about them.
Q: Focus is a critical skill for all athletes. When you arrive at the pool at 6 pm looking forward to a long practice after a busy day at school, how do you stay focussed?
A: I try to make sure I am ready for my practice by relaxing after school and know that when I arrive at the pool I have to be ready for a good practice.
Q: In addition to your training schedule, you also are also maintaining high grades in school. How are you able to stay on top of your school and homework?
A: I try to get as much done at school or on the bus home. As soon as I get home from school I have a snack then do my left over homework as quickly as possible so I can have some free time before dinner.
Q: Do you have any tips or tricks to share with your fellow athletes?
A: Try to lay in your bed to rest for a while and do something relaxing. Always try to shower quickly so you can get home and get to bed earlier.
Q: What do you see as necessary to you to achieve your goals at the upcoming Hilton Cup meet and Age Groups?
A: Keeping focussed and doing our best!
Q: What are your goals for the balance of the year?
A: My goals are to try to come top six in solo at Trilliums. Also to achieve top 6 in figures at both meets and have a great year with my teammates.