wow kelly! what an amazing story. i cannot beleive you have gone thrugh all of that and did not give up. you are truly and amzing person! your story inspired me and i know it will inspire others as well. keep fighting and i hope you and your mom are doing great. God bless, amanda
Ever since I can remember I have loved the water. My mom says that when I was a baby the only thing that would calm me down was when I took a bath. I was a very hyper child and I think my mom put me into swimming to release some of my over-active energy. I started competitively swimming at age 6 and I had a natural ability to swim breaststroke. Ever since I continue to excel in that stroke. Being one of the shorstest girls on my team a placed 3rd in Spring Junior Olympic finals. Through my journey in swimming I have continued to excel even though I am still under 5 feet tall. I have met many Olympic medalist including Michael Phelps, Rebecca Soni, Ryan Lochte, Matt Grevers and many more. I am currently 12 years old and I continue to work very hard in spite of my size. One day I would like to be like Rebecca Soni. My mom says I am a late bloomer and I will probably be at least as tall as Rebecca Soni. Even though we do not have a lot of money my parents give up a lot of stuff so I can continue swimming to reach my future olympic dreams. Going to the Olympics trials for me would be a dream in itself.
Well, I started swimming when I was 8. I was inspired by my friend who goes to my school. She said it was fun. So, I wanted to give it a try. So while I was on the Thunderbolts Swim Team in MN I met some amazing people. I met this 9 year old girl who is completly blind and swims as well as those who can see. Another girl I swam against pushes herself to the block in her wheelchair, getting herself into the pool and swimming a very stong race. These girls have tought me that if I put my mind to it I can do it. Just like they can. I also have the best coaches, who never stops encouraging me to do my best. Swimming has taught me all about setting goals and putting my heart and soul into achieving them. Who would have thought that me, the girl who couldn't get across the pool without flippers 2 years ago would make it to regionals in 10 events!!!!! I have learned to believe in myself and work very hard. So work your hardest and always believe in yourself and so then you will do anythingl!
I started swimming @ 6 years old,quit when I was 10.I could do all the strokes well but we moved and there was no swim program there.Skipping about 43 years,of being a father working,and eating wrong.I'm back in the pool.I was 560lbs,1 in a half years ago,I've lost 160lbs eat right,and swim 2 miles a day.That's 4-900's.one for each stroke,Each one is non stop with 5 minute rest in between.And I can get it done in less then 2 hours.I do this every day 14 miles a week.better diet and I feel better everyday.I'm almost off all my meds,and still losing about 3to4 pounds a week.I have attended swim meets for the first time in 43 years.I learn a lot from the younger swimmers about drills to make me a better swimmer its gr8t.The pool may have saved my life,swimming is the only way I could get any exercise,the bad fat will float...pull away from muscles giving you a chance to work the muscles without resistance from all the extra weight.Swimming is the ultimate fat burner!!!My journey has just begun but I plan to make my college weight 185 lbs some day and will keep swimming as long as I can.Thank you Swim outlet for all your products and video's,with out this gr8t company I couldn't have even got started.Thanks again...
I started when I was a baby at the Y Countryside swim classes.. I tried my best and got into the minie torpedoes and then got moved to the torpedos the competitive team at the Y. I felt very nervous the first time then I got used to it. I looove the competitive team.. My mom says that is good for my health and also to get me a scholarship if I go to college and I know I will make it. The coaches always move me up because they say I am good swimer and my mom and dad... looooove that!!!!!
I started swimming when i was 4 in a little swim group called Little Strokes in Wisconsin. I loved swimming and i still do at the age of 11. When I got better at swimming my parents had me go on a competitive swim team called DFAC (De Forest Aquatics Club) in De Forest, Wisconsin. My dad encouraged me to swim because, he was a swimmer when he was my age and he was a runner throughout high school. he wanted me to try it, and I absolutely loved it! I love swimming!!! I have great friends and coaches on the swim team. They are always encouraging me to do better in every single race and swim practice! I love them! I have a state cut in the 200 back and the 1,000 Freestyle right now, and aiming to get more! We miss u Coach Emily! SWIM!!!!!!
My brother and I grew up in the Park Way Pool in Chula Vista. My mom was on a synchronized swim team back when that was a huge deal! They swam in tanks and were the featured entertainment when shopping centers opened. The pool manager back then was June Divine, was an impressively-built, legendary swimmer and problem solver who coached everyone, making us feel like a million bucks! I also joined a synchronized team at age 10, and have been living in pools ever since. I read MIchael Phelps' book, and am humbled by his motto: "NO EXCUSES!" I am 60, and re-certifying as a lifeguard/swim instructor this week! I think everyone should learn to swim.