I have been a swimmer for as long as I can remember. I was fortunate to live a few short blocks from a public swimming pool when I was growing up and spent most days in the summer at that pool (unfortunately developing a tendency to get skin cancer in the process). I did swim competitively for a few years in my teens before ear problems and other interests intervened. I got back to swimming in my 30s and have swum several times a week, often daily since then, logging almost 10,000 km in the pool. That seems a lot, but it's been spread over a period of over 30 years. I usually swim 2 km, sometimes 3 km when I make it to the pool. In the early 1980s, I was an assistant coach of the Lethbridge Summer Swim Club and I joined the Lethbridge Masters Swim Club in 1985. I have competed as a Masters swimmer locally, provincially, nationally, and (once) internationally (at the World Masters Games in Edmonton in 2005). I hope to keep swimming and, occasionally, competing for a long time.