Swimming Canada posted a video on May 13th showing the Canadian National team participating in the video “Don’t Rush” Challenge. This is a video challenge where the participants appear in formal or athletic wear then hold a swim cap up to the camera, which then reveals the swimmers in full swimming gear. They then proceed to drop their cap to the next participant who “catches” it and starts their sequence.
The Canadian National team is not the first country to participate in this viral video trend, the Russian, Polish and French teams have all done this challenge nominating the Americans and the Australians respectively. The Canadians nominated the Dutch.
In the Canadian video, you can see some of Canada’s best and brightest talent such as Maggie Macnial and Kylie Masse both of whom won gold medals at the 2019 world Championships in Gwangju, South Korea. The video also features two team Canada’s youngest members Emma O’Cronin and Cole Pratt both from Alberta, who both competed at the 2019 World Championships and World Junior Championships.
This video trend was originally created to empower and celebrate women to embrace their beauty with and without makeup, says the challenge’s creator, 20-year-old business student Toluwalase Asolo. “We understand that in a period like this with nothing to do, a lot of people may slip into depression due to high levels of inactivity and idleness,” Asolo told Teen Vogue. “So we decided to highlight the togetherness in isolation.”
In this time of global uncertainty and unease, it is good that there are small social media trends to help take our mind off the immediate discourse that fills up our news bulletins. It is a warming sight to see the world’s National Swimming teams, continuing this challenge and making it their own to help show the togetherness that we all share at this time.
“Canadian Swimmers Join In and Nominate The Dutch For 'Don't Rush' Challenge.” SwimSwam, 13 May 2020, swimswam.com/canadian-swimmers-join-in-and-nominate-the-dutch-for-dont-rush-challenge/.
Edwards, Tanya. “The Real Meaning Behind TikTok's ‘Don't Rush Challenge.’” The Don't Rush Challenge Highlights Creators Of Color, www.refinery29.com/en-ca/2020/04/9683886/dont-rush-challenge-creators.