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…

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…

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…

$250 for 250 Laps – Completed!

My daughter Syra was up with my at 6:30am Saturday November the 4th, to be my lap counter, and boy did I make a “splash” with her around.  This was the first swim since 2014 that I actually swam 100 laps in a workout and it felt great. To avoid boredom towards the end of…