Monday, January 23, 2006

the importance of water

Kell was a lifeguard at Fairview Pool in Dollard-Des-Ormeaux for several years. She really enjoyed lifeguarding and she loved spending her summers outdoors looking out for the safety of the kids swimming in the pool and teaching them how to improve their swimming, synchro, and waterpolo skills. Kell was a very patient and kind instructor.

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.


Anonymous said...

This may be my favorite post, so far. I am amazed. People can really capture Kell's personality and character even if they never knew her. You have managed to do something that I would have thought impossible. I wish I had a friend like you when I was young!
Thanks Rachel.

Holly Desimone said...

Hi Rachel,
The blog is a wonderful way for you to remember Kelly, this post is amazing! As anonymous says "I wish I had a friend like you when I was young!"

Take care