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Rosie Lee has an enthusiasm for swimming that’s infectious.
“I always enjoyed swimming when I was little so then my mom always thought it would be good for me because I didn’t really like swimming lessons,’’ said Lee, 16, a Grade 11 student at Cowichan Secondary School.
“So I started with Leanne (Sirup) on another team and then came to the Stingrays after that.’’
She’s happy to impart her knowledge on the kids, teaching Stage One of the I Can Swim Program for five- and six-year-olds.
“They look up to her a lot,’’ said Stingrays’ teammate and coach Chelsea Langelo. “She’s very bubbly. Everyone loves her.’’
Lee’s own swimming has developed well over the years to provincial AA qualifying level.
“She is really quite a versatile and strong swimmer,’’ said Sirup.
“I enjoy backstroke but I think one of my best is I.M. so it’s all four strokes,’’ Lee said.
She puts in the time whenever she can spare it.
“I swim five or six days a week,’’ Lee said. “It just depends on my schedule.’’
That schedule has included sessions with the Celtic Rhythm Dancers since the age of two and also candystriping at the hospital.