But summer swimming was a part of Kell's life long before she herself became a lifeguard. Growing up she swam at Thorndale Pool in Pierrefonds, and participated on a number of teams including synchro, diving, waterpolo, and swim team. I can remember the many, many hours Kell, Kim, and I spent trekking up the street to have fun at the pool. In her teenage years, Kell also participated in competitive watersports at the D.D.O. pool. (In a beautiful gesture they recently named one of their conference center rooms after Kelly-Anne.)
When she lived in San Diego, California, Kell often spoke of the beauty of the ocean and told me how much she enjoyed practicing her skills there. She told tales of paddleboarding alongside dolphins and other wonderful sea life.
Kell was also part of a number of synrcho teams and also played competitive waterpolo. For the last several years of her life, Kell was a lifeguard at the beaches of Ile-Bizard and Cap St. Jacques where she would practice her paddleboarding for her lifeguarding competitions. I don't think that I have ever seen anyone in my life get as excited about a Speedo sale as Kelly-Anne.
You would be hard pressed to find someone who loved the water more than Kell did.