Kyra Christmas is an elite athlete, a member of Canada’s national women’s water polo team, but since the pandemic struck, she was just 23 years old who lived with her parents on a farm in southeastern Airdrie in Rockyview.
Being in the water is very important for Christmas and its training, but COVID-19 closes the pool, so Christmas and his family must be creative in order to get back to the water.
They threw up a few ideas but didn’t particularly like one of them. Christmas says that the straw finally saved them.
“We kind of searched on Pinterest and my mother found people using straw bales to build ponds,” he said. “And we like oh, that’s a cool idea.”
So, the family began to work, building a pool of straw bales. 16 feet long, eight feet wide, and six feet deep.
Ms. Kyra Dayna said it made sense to have a swimming pool like this in the meadow.
“You know Western Canada with what we have around us in the fields,” he said.
“We have the resources so we can use them. So I say, what can be more Western Canada than collecting straw bales to make a pond? “
There are a total of 16 bales and they must be tied properly and prepare for the hay pond to work.
Christmas says besides being cold, the exercise pool works really well.
“It’s like a (automatic) barrier,” he said, “it’s like someone gave me permission and then I could shoot on the internet. I also have a resistance band so I can swim like I’m in a swimming pool without limits. “
Christmas never thought he had a straw pool in his backyard. And he never thought he would get the attention he got from him, too.
People want to check it, he said. But they just have to wait.
“Some of the girls from the old team I played, Calgary Renegades, have reached out and asked if they could come by using the pool,” he said.
“I have a teammate in the national team that is in Calgary too. I might make it come out after the restriction (COVID) is a little more lenient to do with me and so on.
Canada’s national women’s water polo team is eligible for the postponed 2020 Summer Olympics, the first Canadian team to do so since 2004.
Natal said that he hoped the game would be played in 2021 and the good news was that the Canadian team would not have to re-qualify. They already have their place.