“When your daughter is a world champion at 15 years old, your heart explodes when you see them standing there. And when you see Brooke standing there on the podium with her partner and the Canadian flag, it’s the level of pride you have that your heart wants to explode,” Greg says.
“I am unbelievably proud to be a Canadian. I always have been. And to see your kids compete and win for your country is just an unbelievable feeling.”
And while there is so much pride around what Brooke and Summer do on the ice and in the pool, Jill is most proud of the people they are becoming outside of their sports.
Two sisters who took entirely different sporting paths, who bring the same level of fierceness to everything they do in the pool and on the ice, and who have each other to lean on through it all.
“I just think they’re wonderful, caring human beings,” Jill says.
“They both have amazing sets of friends. And that’s the goal, is to help create a great person who is kind and a good teammate. That’s what I’m most proud of.”
What they all have in common goes beyond their natural athletic abilities and dedication to pursuing their dreams. They are part of a family unit that has put high performance at the forefront of how they live.
Greg and Jill, who competed in swimming at the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles, have done everything they can to ensure their daughters stay focused on sport but don’t lose sight of fun, friendship and family.
They all have their role in the family and play those roles perfectly. Greg is a little more behind the scenes, however. As Brooke and Summer focused on training, Greg was thrust into the spotlight during the pandemic.
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