Marie-Lou Morin is the former captain of the Canadian synchronized swimming team. After being selected to the 13-15 National Team in 2005, she was selected for the Junior National Team in 2007 and 2008. As part of the junior national team in 2007-08, she competed at the 2008 FINA World Junior Championships before moving up to the Senior National team in 2009. She was a member of the Canadian team that competed at the FINA World Trophy, an event that celebrates the beauty and artistry of the sport, in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014. Morin made her FINA World Championship debut in 2013, helping Canada to a sixth place finish in the team event. After being an alternate in 2010, she competed at her first FINA World Cup in 2014 where Canada just missed the podium in fourth place. The following year, she won the gold medal in the team event at the Toronto PanAm Games and competed in the 2015 edition of the FINA World Championships. Her gold medals in duet and team events at the 2007 Canada Games and at the 2007 US Open are some of the highlights of her career. Also dear to her heart are her two performances at the World Championships, her gold medal at the 2015 PanAm Games in Toronto and her participation in the 2016 Olympic Qualifier.
GETTING TO KNOW THE ATHLETE
- Family: Born in China and adopted at the age of 1 year and a half. Parents Gilles Morin and Anne Lussier. Baby of 5 children (3 brothers and one sister), they all have kids, so she is the proud aunt of 9 nephews and 2 nieces.
- Getting into the Sport: Was trying many sports as a kid and always loved water…First tried synchro in 1998 at the suggestion of an aunt who was involved in the sport…She did, and has been doing it since!
- Outside Interests: Loves baking and cooking… Likes to try many new activities and challenge herself in other ways. Studies management at Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business.
- Future aspirations: Would like to open up her own business in bakery or restaurant.
- Odds and Ends: Nickname is Loulou. Always takes a sip of a bottle of water that they pass around the team afterwards and that they call the “Holy Water”. Also always cracks her toes before performing. Says she doesn’t have one idol in particular but “admire my teammates the most, because we go through so much together, and they push me everyday to be a better athlete”.
- Favorite Quote: “Everything happens for a reason”
- Why she loves Synchro: “I think this sport is the most challenging and most demanding in overall fitness and abilities, and I love sharing my performance with my 7 other teammates.”
INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION RESULTS
|Olympic Qualifier||2016||Rio de Janeiro, BRA||Team (4)||Results|
|FINA World Championships||2015||Kazan, RUS||Combo (6), Team Free (7), Team Technical (6)||Results|
|Pan Am Games||2015||Toronto, ON||Team (1)||Results|
|Shiseido Canadian Open Championships||2015||Toronto, ON||Team Free(1), Team Technical(1)||Results|
|FINA World Trophy||2014||CHN|
|FINA World Cup||2014||Quebec City, QC||Team (4), Highlight Team (2)||Results|
|Spanish Open||2014||Castillon, ESP||Team (2)||Results|
|Japan Open||2014||Amagasaki, JPN||Team (2)||Results|
|Canadian Open Championships||2014||Saskatoon, SK||Team Free(1), Team Technical(1)||Results|
|FINA World Championships||2013||Barcelona, ESP||Team Free (6), Team Technical (5), Combo (5)||Results|
|Brazil Open||2013||Rio de Janeiro, BRA||Team Free (3), Team Technical (3)||Results|
|Canadian Open Championships||2013||Quebec City, QC||Combo (1), Team Technical (1)||Results|
|FINA World Trophy||2012||Mexico City, MEX||Team Highlight (4), Combo (4), Team Thematic (5), Overall (4)||Results|
|Spain Open||2012||Team (2), Combo (2)||Results|
|FINA World Trophy||2011||Bejing, CHN||Combo (2), Team Free (3), Team Highlight (4)||Results|
|Savona Open||2011||Savona, ITA||Team (2), Combo (2)||Results|
|FINA World Trophy||2010||Moscow, RUS||Team Highlight (3), Team Thematic (4), Combo (4), Duet (5)||Results|
|FINA World Cup||2010||Changshu, CHN||Combo (3)||Results|
|Spanish Open||2010||Team Technical (2)||Results|
|German Open||2010||Bonn, GER||Team Technical (1)||Results|
|FINA World Trophy||2009||Montreal, QC||Team Highlight (1)||Results|
|German Open||2009||Bonn, GER||Team Free (1), Team Technical (1), Combo (2)|
|FINA World Junior Championships||2008||Team (4)|
|US Open||2007||Team (1), Duet (1)|
NATIONAL COMPETITION RESULTS
|Canadian Open Championships||2008||Combo (1), Duet (2), Team (2), Solo (6), Figures (6)|
|Canadian Open Championships||2007||Victoria, BC||Duet (2), Combo (5), Team (6), Solo (14), Figures (11)||Results|
|Canadian Open Championships||2006||Winnipeg, MB||Solo (1), Duet (1), Figures (2)||Results|
|Canadian Open Championships||2005||Calgary, AB||Duet (3), Figures (12)||Results|