Laps of Love Welcomes Para-Swimmer Shelby Newkirk!!

It’s such an excited time for Laps of Love, please help me welcome para-swimmer and 2 time Canadian world record holder, Shelby Newkirk. Shelby is a 22 year old para-swimmer who was diagnosed with generalized dystonia 8 years ago.  She’s making waves in the swimming world by shattering the S7 women’s 50m backstroke and own…

Let’s Do This – 4,184 Laps Strong!

When it comes to having dystonia, one of the most important elements to have is a solid support system.  My dystonia wellness team is built with a scope of people including a neurologist, a naturopath, a chiropractor, a physiotherapist, a message therapist and my dystonia support group.  However, there is a group of people in…

I’m Back & Ready to Swim 6K Laps!

20 weeks of waiting, finally, I am happy to say I am back! It turned out I had torn a muscle and some ligaments in my leg and any form of exercise was aggravating it leading to a longer recovery (yes even walking for 10 mins to pick up my kids from school was hurting!) …

Still Sitting, Waiting, Wishing…

The frustration is setting in a little deeper these days.  It’s been 8 weeks since I was in the pool and I am missing it.  In my March post “Forced To Take A Break” I shared that I had a leg injury that was preventing me from swimming.  After some more investigation, this injury has…

Now You Can Be A Part of The Team

Over the last 7 months I have had the pleasure of meeting so many kind hearted and supportive people.  I often got compliments on my swim cap at the pool whether it be at a meet or just swimming locally, which inspired me make this cap available for everyone. The cap is $14.00 and with…

Forced To Take A Break…

After being diagnosed with dystonia in 2014 I was unable to continue swimming because my body would go into intense spasms and I would be in a lot of pain.   During that time away from the pool I felt like a huge part of my active life was gone.  I watched YouTube videos of…

30% completed – 3,041 Laps Strong!

When I first started, I couldn’t imagine swimming 20 laps let alone 3,000 and it’s all because of the support and positive thoughts from all of you! Thank you! Keep reaching for the stars everyone! See you in the pool, Sum

Head to Head with Martha McCabe

Head to Head is a mentorship program founded by 2x Canadian Olympian Martha McCabe to encourage, inspire and empower the next generation of athletes to reach their best potential with the help of herself as well as other Canadian Olympian athletes such as Brittany MacLean, Dominique Bouchard and Janya Hefford. On Sunday, Head to Head put…

25% Completed – 2,738 Laps

Can you believe it?! I am 1/4 of the way to my lap goal of 10,000 laps! Every time I hit a milestone I feel like I am just around the corner from achieving a dream.  This campaign has already brought so much conversation in the Burlington community that I have actually been approached 5…

20% Of The Laps Completed. A New Year’s Update.

Happy New Year everyone!! I finished off 2017 by hitting the 2,000 lap milestone mid December.  I am currently sitting at 2,111 laps, and it feels incredible.  Despite the fatigue I was experiencing after the North York Gators Pentathlon, I was still able to enjoy the water at a significantly slower pace.  I wasn’t able…