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…

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

Making A Splash @ the BMSC Meet!

It may have been a weekend of snowfall and freezing rain but that didn’t stop me from attending the BMSC Splash swim meet this past Sunday. Despite the weather, there was great attendance and the energy of the pool was incredible.  My favourite supporters Ryan, Syra and Sophia were there to cheer me on and…

First donation = 250 laps

I am so grateful for the very first donation towards the Laps of Love – Swim For Dystonia campaign!  Here’s a short video of the first 80 laps of 250, swam Friday October 13th! Please share, donate,  ​follow my Facebook page and Instagram page! Thank you for the support! #swim4dystonia #lapsofloveca #dystoniamovesme ​See you in…

MSO Swim Meet Dates

Practices are well underway and so are the swim meet dates!  With the changes happening in the swim community, some of these meets are still awaiting sanctioning numbers, so I will have to update the post as the meets become sanctioned. I hope to see you out at the meets to cheer me on and…

It’s A Go!

Today I had a meeting with the City of Burlington to discuss the Laps of Love – Swim for Dystonia fundraiser.  It is with great excitement and pleasure that I am able to share with you that on Saturday, September 8, 2018 the Laps of Love – Swim for Dystonia will be held!!  What a…