Posted Jun 8, 2014
I know, I know, it’s been way too long since I wrote! I have been so busy…like BUSY!!! I thought I’d give you a quick run down! I’ll mention school first, because quite honestly, it always seems to get mentioned last :)! I have had a very good year again and I am very happy with that! I want to thank all my teachers and the staff at Holy Trinity for helping so much and being caring and understanding through my crazy last 2 years! I’m working hard because my exams start next Thursday! With my trip to North Dakota, where I will be the guest swimmer and race starter for the Extreme North Dakota Water Endurance Test (End-WET) 36 mile Open Water race, I had to have my exams moved way up, and once again HT was sooo great to me! Thank you all and yes everyone, I have had time to get in some studying…especially for History 🙂 !
So what else? I’ve had some book signings in Toronto, thanks to the Thomas family for working on that! Met some really neat people! I also had one last night at the Simcoe Little Theatre were the production, Dixie Swim Club, is taking place! Can you imagine they have a production about swimming this year 🙂 ! I got to see me at 77 years old!! Thanks for the invite SLT!!
I’ve also done some fundraising events at HalNor and at the National Karate tournament at HT in Simcoe! I’ve had speaking engagements, and I really have to mention what an honour it was to speak at the Ontario Volunteer Service Awards in Vittoria! Thank you Eva for inviting me and thank you to all the volunteers who help so many people!!!!! I also really have to thank the Weston (Toronto) Lions for helping us out with the fuel for the swim!!
I also had the honour to get a tour of Variety Village a by Kate Haggis and to be able to volunteer with the kids on the high ropes for a couple of hours!!! It was so amazing!!!
And of course there is training!! I’m still getting my regular pool hours with the swim team, but I’ve been getting awesome training with Rob and Darcy kayaking and Josh and Lisa pacing!! Special thanks to Pete Shira and the Long Point Region Conservation Area for allowing us to turn North Waterford Conservation Area into my training camp :)! The lake is warming up now, but the time I’ve had in the “pond” has been invaluable!!
I also want to give a shout out to everyone who is working so hard as part of my crew, whether they are on water or on land or media/promotions!!! You are all amazing and really get the “one drop, many ripples!” message! Thanks too to Duane Rutter for putting your body on the line while I swim :)! I can’t believe what everyone is doing!! Finally, thanks to the 70 or so volunteers who will be helping out in Port Dover while I swim! I can never thank everyone enough for what they are doing!!
So, I’m signing off for tonight and heading back to school work and studying!! I can’t wait until my exams are over, because that means I will be off to North Dakota for that exciting 36 mile race!! Have a great night and rest of the weekend! If you are in the area of Paris, Ontario tomorrow morning, come by the Bethel Stone United Church on Bethel Road to see me speak at 11am :)! I’d love to meet you 😉 !