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I sat with the head of HR at Bell a few months ago, talking about the type of personal development that is needed in the corporate world. This guy has over 20,000 people to look after, and he said, "When people lose their confidence in the workplace, they're like kryptonite! People need to learn how to deal with failure." My stomach turned, knowing there were times I had lost confidence throughout my Olympic pursuit and also times when other people's insecurities drove me away...

A few years ago, my water polo team was hosting an international water polo tournament in Montreal. We faced Italy in the bronze medal match, which we won, and I played a great game! After the game, my coach pulled me over to the side. He looked at me and said, "Maintenant, t'es dans la merde." (English: Now, you're in sh*t.") I was puzzled. "Why?," I asked. "I  thought I played a great game!" He continued: "Maintenant, t'es dans la merde parce que tu m'as montré que t'es capable!" (English: Now you're in sh*t because you showed me you're capable!) Ohhhh! Right!!! I smiled as he carried on explaining there was no room left in any of my future performances for mediocrity. It was a really inspirational moment.So inspirational that I went home and wrote a song, Capable. The gist of the song is this: If you've done it once, you can do it again....

Now that I'm retired from water polo, I can admit some stuff I didn't always want to admit back in the day. Here goes: It was tough being on a team of WOMEN!!! I'm just kidding. Really. I love my ladies. Here goes again: It was tough being on a team that didn't have clear values. I recently read Winning, by Jack Welch, where he describes values as the nitty-gritty behaviours the people of your organization exhibit to carry out your mission. If people carry out the values (behaviours), they are rewarded. If they do not, they are reprimanded. Aha, I thought! This is what we were missing. It's one thing to say Integrity is a value we hold, but it's an entirely different thing to ask, "What are the behaviours that demonstrate integrity on our water polo team?" It can be a very difficult and seemingly tedious process to hash out what a value means to...

We were at World Championships. We had big games coming up, yet I was distracted! I had a guy I met a year earlier in my thoughts. I wondered about him and if we could ever be, so I wrote a song to free my mind and help me refocus on water polo! This song is about how someone can make you, who is strong, feel so weak. I think it might happen to most of us, but it's scary. The verse is the weaker side of me talking: "I'm in love with you, but do you know I exist?" The chorus is the stronger side: "Love, don't pass me by. But if you do, pick yourself back up girl, it'll be alright." I finished the song and got back to work. We won a silver medal a few days later, and this song ended up being the first song on my...

It was 52 days since our team had missed qualifying for the Olympics. I thought I was doing fine, but when I jumped in the pool in my parents' backyard with a smile, I surfaced in tears! I guess I was still mourning. I wrote this song based on the scene and experience that day: "Up to breathe...