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Margaret Steinbach


Artistic Swimming


MA Theatre and Performance Design


Wimbledon College of Arts

How did you first get involved in your sport?

I began my artistic swimming, or synchronised swimming, career in Canada when I was just six years old. Now, as I enter my eighteenth year in the sport, it is very difficult to remember a life beforehand. I had been a competent swimmer from a very young age, loved being in the water, and enjoyed ballet prior to starting synchro, so the transition was rather natural and followed closely behind my older sister. I quickly fell in love with the sport and began moving up through the competitive streams, attending regional, provincial, and national competitions. I left the sport in 2014 due to injury and burnout but continued to swim, racing competitively throughout high school. In 2019, I reentered the sport to represent the University of Toronto in national competitions while obtaining my Bachelor of Fine Arts. I will be forever grateful to UofT for fostering my renewed passion for the sport and being the foundation of my second synchro origin story. I am excited to continue my training in the UK and feel so lucky to represent UAL in national and international competitions this year!

What is a typical week for you?

I train in the pool two to three times a week at the London Aquatics Centre in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and complete two to four dryland strengthening, cardio, and flexibility training sessions on days I’m not in the pool. I weave my dryland training into my coursework and tutorial schedule to keep myself feeling balanced, energised, and motivated, but even on days when I am very busy, I will stretch sporadically from my studio chair.

What are your greatest sporting achievements?

Each year I swam for the University of Toronto, my team was ranked among the top three teams in Canada. Last season, we became Eastern Canadian Champions and, less than a month later, were awarded the title of overall Championship University at Canadian Nationals. I am so proud of my accomplishments as a member of that team; I will miss my T-Leaf uniform very much, but I am excited about this new adventure as a UAL athlete. Additionally, I am a world-ranking horsewoman in equestrian sport. I am a three-time World Champion, three-time Reserve World Champion, and I hold an additional nineteen Top Five and Top Ten finishes across three World Championships between 2018 and 2022. Currently, I am ranked fourth in the world for non-professional riders ages 18+ in my breed category and fifth in the world overall under the American Paint Horse Association.