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Local para-swimmer has 'great experience' at regional camp

Nicolas Willis, of the Orillia Channel Cats, took part in Swim Ontario training in Bracebridge


Orillia Channel Cats swimmer Nicolas Willis recently attended a regional para camp in Bracebridge implemented by Swim Ontario.

This camp was offered to swimmers with a disability from around the region.

Nicolas met some swimmers from around the region, learned new skills and participated in some dryland training offered by Swim Ontario’s para development co-ordinator, Darda Sales.

“It was a great experience for me. It was very reassuring to see that I’m not alone,” said Nicolas.

Orillia Channel Cats alumni swimmer and volunteer coach Mark Moore also attended the camp and had this to say about the experience:

“As a former competitive para-swimmer with the Orillia Channel Cats and an individual with cerebral palsy, mentoring a swimmer in the next generation of para-swimmers is a great opportunity to share my experiences. Para-swimming teaches great life skills such as hard work, dedication, perseverance and communication with your teammates and coaches. Mentoring is all about encouraging the next generation of para-swimmers to compete to the best of their ability.”