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Ten questions with Kenzie Priddell, Olympic athlete and U of R student

By University Advancement and Communications Posted: July 28, 2021 9:00 a.m.

U of R student Kenzie Priddell is attending the Tokyo Olympics as a member of Team Canada’s artistic swimming team. Kenzie is also a member of UofR Synchro a varsity sport club for artistic swimming.
U of R student Kenzie Priddell is attending the Tokyo Olympics as a member of Team Canada’s artistic swimming team. Kenzie is also a member of UofR Synchro a varsity sport club for artistic swimming. Photo courtesy Arianna Bergeron @ariannaprendesfotos

U of R: Hi Kenzie, congratulations on representing Canada in the upcoming Summer Olympics in Tokyo. What did it feel like when you learned you would be going to the Olympics and representing Canada on the world’s stage? 

Kenzie: Going to the Olympics has been my biggest dream for as long as I can remember. I can’t put into words how excited and proud I was when I found out I would be going to Tokyo. It is such an incredible feeling. 

U of R: What is your role on the Artistic Swimming team?

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Artistic swimming athlete Kenzie Priddell is proud to represent Canada at the Tokyo Olympics. Photo courtesy Arianna Bergeron @ariannaprendesfotos

Kenzie: I was chosen as the alternate athlete for the Olympic team and I am super excited to be in this position. My role is to support the team, to be very familiar with the choreography and to know all eight positions so I can step in whenever they need me! 

U of R: How did you get started in Artist Swimming? 

Kenzie: I started artistic swimming when I was 9 after I brought home a flyer from school. 

U of R: What is it about the sport that made you want to pursue it at such an elite level? 

Kenzie: I love so many things about the sport! I love the artistic side of it, how we can tell a story through our performances. I love both the team and individual aspects of this sport. It’s great working as a team, and depending on each other to come together and have our best performance. At the same time, the routines are so technical so there is always an opportunity to set and reach new personal goals! 

U of R: Just getting to the Olympics is an incredible accomplishment, what do you credit to your success to? 

Kenzie: I credit my success to years of hard work and determination as well as the support of my family and friends, especially my mom and coach Tina who have stood by me over the years and supported this big dream from the beginning. I wouldn’t be where I am today without them! I am also thankful for the support of Sask Sport, Artistic Swimming Saskatchewan, Regina Synchro and many coaches along the way! 

U of R: In addition to training for the Olympics you are taking the pre-physical therapy program at the University of Regina, how do you balance your training with your studies? 

Kenzie: To balance school and training, I have been taking just one or two classes per semester. I try to be as organized as I can be to make sure I can manage my assignments with our training schedule! I took a break this semester to focus on the Olympic preparation! 

U of R: For the last year and a half or so the University has been providing instruction primarily by distance due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  How have you found learning by distance? 

Kenzie: This isn’t a popular opinion, but I have really enjoyed learning at a distance! By having the classes online I was able to continue my studies virtually while training in Montreal this year! If not, I most likely would have taken the full year off. 

U of R: Do you have any advice for other U of R students? 

Kenzie: My advice for other university students is to keep pushing yourself and working towards your goal, all your hard work and determination will pay off in the long run!

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Caption: Team Canada’s Artistic Swimming team eager
to compete at the Tokyo Olympics.
Photo courtesy Arianna Bergeron @ariannaprendesfotos

 

U of R: What are you looking forward to the most about going to the Olympics? 

Kenzie: I am looking forward to the entire experience of the Olympics! Being surrounded by the best athletes in the World who have all worked for years to get to this point will be a really special and exciting feeling. It will be so incredible to see the Olympic Rings everywhere and to be living my dream! 

U of R: When is your first competition? 

Kenzie: The duet event will be held August 2, 3 & 4 at 4:30 a.m., Saskatchewan time, and the team event is August 6 & 7 at 4:30 a.m. Saskatchewan time! 

U of R: Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions. Hoping your and Team Canada’s quest for Olympic gold is most successful! 

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