Cassandra Winkelaar

Cassandra was introduced to Synchronized Swimming on TV when she was six years old while watching Treehouse. She ran to find her mom to tell her that that was what she wanted to do. 11 years later, her aspirations are to make the Junior World Team this summer and would love to swim for Canada in the Olympics.
It is no surprise that her parents have supported her artistic swimming pursuit financially and emotionally. Five years ago, they chose to leave their jobs, friends and family behind in Edmonton and make the move to Calgary, so Cassandra could further her career and train with the Aquabelles. ‘My mom quit her job that she worked so hard to be where she was at. In a heartbeat, she gave it up so that I could pursue my dream,’ says Cassie.
Being part of a team and developing close relationships with a high degree of trust are a few of the reasons that Cassandra loves the sport. Her favourite part is when she swims a strong routine at a competition, the music ends and all she can hear is the cheering – that feeling of accomplishment is amazing.
When asked what she would say to new swimmers in the sport, she says ‘if you love what you do, don’t let anyone or anything prevent you from pursuing your dream. It may be hard at times, but it will be worth it. Enjoy every single moment!’’