Making a Splash

By Kevin McKay

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Joy really enjoys the camaraderie and team work embodied by the swimmers of Zone 3 and points out what a close group they are, in large part thanks to some coaching provided by the city of Surrey.  

“For four months prior to the Games, Surrey provides us with a coach for one hour twice a week, for anyone who can get to the Fleetwood Pool at that time. Most of us also swim on our own at the pool of our choice. We have a great group of people swimming for Zone 3. They are very supportive and friendly and we get together for coffee and sometimes even socialize outside of swim practices and the Games.  When we are at the Games, we take pride in making it a point to cheer on the other Zone 3 swimmers and support them in their races.”

Joy encourages casual swimmers to get involved. In Zone 3 all you need to do to receive this free coaching is to live in the zone, be at least 55 years old and be able to swim one length of the pool.  

“You become a more accomplished swimmer and will learn how to make your strokes more efficient and effective,” she says. “We are happy to welcome anyone who would like to join us at the Fleetwood pool in Surrey.”

The next major hurdle for the games organizers to overcome is coming up shortly before school is out for the summer. Milt says, “We will be holding a torch lighting event on Thursday, June 5 in Fort Langley to start the countdown to our September Games. That event will serve to kick our volunteer recruitment efforts into second gear in preparation for September.”

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