'You've come a long way' is the best description one could give the journey ofÂ Marie-Pier Boudreau Gagnon from the swimming pools ofÂ RiviÃ¨re-Du-Loup to theÂ Dr.S.P.M. Aquatics Complex in Talkatora Gardens, New Delhi. Gagnon at 27 is the senior citizen on three member Canadian Synchronized Swimming team, and her dedication to her art and the success she has achieved over time is a true testament to her will to succeed.
In an exclusive interview with TheSportsCampus, Marie-Pier revealed that she was introduced to the sport at the age of 7, but began training for it seriously a couple of years later when she first saw Canadian icon Sylvie FrÃ©chette win Gold at the Barcelona Olympic Games. He role model though isÂ Canadian cyclist and speed skaterÂ Clara Hughes, one of only 5 people to win medals at both the Summer and Winter Olympics. Hughes is also a great humanitarian, doing tremendous work with Right to Play. Gagnon's inspiration though lies closer to home. Her mother and sisters she says are her main source ofÂ strength and motivation.