Swimmer grateful to those who have helped along the way

Kara DeClark shows her appreciation to those who have helped her out.

Editor:

After 10 years of competitive swimming, many tough practices and close races, I think back and realize I didn’t enjoy swimming just for the swimming aspect, but also for the people I was able to meet throughout the years.

Many of these people helped and supported me in some way — whether they were a coach, parent, community member or a friend, they were there, even if I did not realize it at the time, to help with my technique, bottle drives and swim-a-thons.

Without their dedication and support, I probably would not be swimming today, so thank you to the coaches: Scott Flood, Jennifer LeBlanc, Nick Templman, Tony Theriault, Dusan Toth-Szabo, Bev VandenDungen and Melody Smythies (high school swimming).

A huge thank you to all the board members over the years for the Ladysmith-Chemainus and Nanaimo Riptides swim teams, and to all the sponsors who supported these two teams.

I especially want to thank my mom, who was my personal alarm clock for those early-morning practices, my taxi driver and greatest supporter.

Kara DeClark

Ladysmith