Water polo athlete builds backyard hay bale pool to train for Olympics


A member of Canada’s national women’s water polo team wanted to keep up her training during the COVID-19 pandemic but all the pools were closed — so she “baled” herself out by building one … out of hay.

Kyra Christmas, 23, had been training full time with the team in Montreal as they prepared for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics before the pandemic hit.

When the physical distancing restriction began, she happened to be visiting her parents near Calgary, just southeast of Airdrie in Rockyview County. Then the Olympics were cancelled and all the pools shut down because of the coronavirus.

Still, Christmas was itching to get back into the water and keep up her training.

“Being out of the pool for over a month was just a bit too long for me. So I was looking at, like, buying above ground for the first time and I realized that none of them are deep enough to tread water,” Christmas told the Calgary Eyeopener.

“So my parents were, like, well, we can come up with a better solution than that.”

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