On behalf of Red Deer Silver Sharks masters swim club, I would like to acknowledge and show utmost appreciation for several local businesses recently approached to donate to a meet.
All of the following businesses donated with generosity: The Runners Den, Everlasting Rock Massage, True Pilates, Ultimate Physique Nutrition and Tanning, Weber Physiotherapy, WipeOut ski and cycle, and Wreckless ski and bike.
I was incredibly touched by their sincere willingness to support this growing adult sport.
We all know the value of physical activity is not only important with growing children but also as our population ages, and it proves to be a valuable and sustainable form of exercise well into seniority.
The value of these activities also provides adults like myself with a sense of fellowship and camaraderie, a healthy challenge, plus a means of mastery; striving for and attaining goals.
I could at one time only swim 15 metres in the pool, and felt so panic stricken that I would quit.
Now, due to the commitment and dedication of my training with Silver Sharks, I am preparing for Ironman 2012, a challenge that will require 3.8-km swim, 180-km bike and 42.4-km run.
Again we are wanting to acknowledge our gratitude for local businesses and their support.