Katie Houlahan and Marina Bridal signing the banner at SEAPARC.

Olympic dream for local swimmers

Two of Sooke's young competitive swimmers hope to make it to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016

The nine athletes with Island Swimming heading to the London 2012 Olympics this month serve as an inspiration for two of Sooke’s young swimmers.

Katie Houlahan, 13, has been swimming with the Juan de Fuca Coho Swim Club since 2008. She is currently swimming in the competitive crush category, and heads to the pool seven times a week.

As a part of Island Swimming, the Cohos occasionally get to interact with the Canadian olympians and watch them in action.

“If they can do it, it makes me feel like I can do it one day,” Houlahan said. “Seeing all the people from Vancouver Island, it’s like they were very close to where I am.”

Young competitive swimmer and Coho, Ashleigh Epps agreed.

“It’s kind of pushed me to stay, that this hard work is really worth it,” she said. “Maybe one day, I can maybe be there.”

Epps currently swims at the national junior level, hitting the water nine times a week. She started swimming with the Coho program in 2003, and began taking the sport seriously just last year.

“It’s all worth it,” Epps said of the long hours.

Both the girls have their eyes set on competing in the Rio de Janerio Olympics in 2016.

A banner was distributed amongst the swim club’s four pools for all young swimmers to sign. It will be sent along with the local Olympians for the London games.

 

 

Just Posted

New Sooke councillors face old issues and new challenges

First meeting of new council sets the stage for the future

Passenger passes out on a bus in Sooke

Man was revived and was alert and coherent

Island Corridor Foundation optimistic about restoring rail service

If green-lighted, first priority would be Langford to Victoria route

Firefighters rescue horse stuck in Saanich mud

‘It happens more often than you’d think,’ says deputy chief

Food service workers at Victoria airport protest for second time in four months

Negotiations continue to drag on with employer Compass Group Canada, VAA refuses to engage

People flocking to Vancouver Island city to see hundreds of sea lions

Each year the combination of Steller and California sea lions take over Cowichan Bay

Vancouver Island remembers

Important stories shared as Islanders salute those who made the greatest sacrifice

Humans reshaping evolutionary history of species around the globe: paper

University of British Columbia researcher had the paper published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society

Toronto ‘carding’ activist Desmond Cole stopped by police in Vancouver

Cole says his experience reveals what daily life is like for black and Indigenous residents

Commercial trucks banned from left lane of Coquihalla

B.C.’s Ministry of Transportation has introduced a new program that hopes to prevent accidents and closures on the Coquihalla Highway.

B.C. on track to record same number of overdose deaths as last year

128 people died of overdoses in September, bringing the total to more than 1,100 so far in 2018

Cowichan school district defends lack of notice to parents following elementary student arrest

Officials with School District 79 stand by their decision not to send out an alert.

Canadians more prepared for weather disaster than financial one: poll

RBC recommends people check their bank app as often as the weather app

B.C. dog owner sues after pet killed in beaver trap

A Kamloops man is suing the operator of a trapline north of the city after his dog died

Most Read