Alumni Feature: Shelby Newkirk

Shelby.Newkirk, Canada Games Alumni

Tell us a little bit about yourself:

I have been swimming for 4 years and have fallen in love with the sport. I coach a junior para swimming team while going to school full time and competing at a national/international level. I love competing and most recently competed at Can-Am Championships in Bismarck ND, where I won Gold in my 50 Back.

What was your most memorable Canada Games experience?

The most memorable part was meeting so many new people from my own province that competed in different sports, as well as meeting other para swimmers from various provinces.

What inspires you? Who's your hero? What's your favourite quote?

I am inspired by others strengths and by what people can do when they really try. My Mom is my hero, she was a basketball player at the U of S and now she supports both me and my bother in our sports dreams. My favourite quote is "Don't wait for the storm to end, learn to dance in the rain". I love this because swimming has become my dance. When I swim I don't need crutches or my wheelchair, it is the one time I can feel that I have control of my life.

What role has sport played in your life since the Canada Games?

Sport means everything to me. Since the Canada Games I have started coaching a junior swim team and am currently getting ready for Olympic and Paralympic Trials in April.

What advice do you have for athletes who will participate in the 2017 Canada Summer Games?

Take everything in. Canada Games is an amazing opportunity to meet people from different provinces and represent everyone back home. Compete well, have fun and make memories.

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