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Englefeld Student Heading to Special Olympics!

March 01, 2019

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Tia Zimmerman, Grade 11 student at Englefeld School, will soon be on her way to Abu Dhabi to swim for Team Canada in the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games!

Incredibly, Tia only learned to swim four years ago. Since then, she has won multiple medals in provincial and national competitions. This past summer, she was called-up to the provincial team to compete in the national competition held in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. She learned two new strokes that she had never attempted for the competition. She came away from those races with 2 Gold and 2 Bronze medals and enough points to qualify for the Special Olympics. She thanks her swim coach, Deb Strumberg of Humboldt, for supporting her in her journey as a competitive swimmer.

On February 28, Englefeld School held a send-off celebration event for Tia, hosted by Principal Cori Harcourt. Tia will be leaving for the United Arab Emirates on March 5, and will be there for nearly 3 weeks. Many dignitaries were on-hand to wish her well, including Horizon Subdivision 4 Trustee, Mark Fedak, Superintendent of Student Services, Darrell Paproski, MLA Todd Goudy, Englefeld Mayor Darrell Athmer, Faye Matt and Chris Hamilton from Special Olympics Saskatchewan, Englefeld SCC President Kristi Richardson, Swim Coach Deb Stumborg, students, staff, and community members.

Her family was also in attendance for the event, and had an opportunity to share their thanks for the support Tia has received from her school and community. “We hope for more inclusion and more recognition of the incredible athleticism of Special Olympians,” said Tia’s parents, Tammy and Terry Zimmerman. “This opportunity has improved her whole life. We are very excited and very proud.”

The event closed with Tia reciting the Special Olympics Athlete’s Oath – “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

Congratulations, Tia, and good luck!

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