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Julia Donath: Just Add Water...An Inspiring Aquatic Adventure

Julia began swimming at the age of 6, back when the Puma Swim Team practiced at Cuesta College. She loved to swim at that age and enjoyed swim meets locally and went to JOs regularly. Julia loved breast stroke, back stroke and distance freestyle, and only years later in high school, discovered her passion for sprinting and shorter, intense efforts. This coincided with her discovery of water polo, which became her passion. She was first-team all league in her Senior Year and recieved the Golden Tiger Award for Outstanding Winter Athlete at SLO High School.

Julia discovered a love for the ocean and marine environment during summers with the Avila Junior Guards. There is no doubt that the years she spent swimming with PUMA provided her with a comfort in the open water that allowed her to excell in open water, and ultimately become a California State Lifeguard at 16 years of age. This achievement allowed her to work at the Oceano Dunes during the Summer weeks and on weekends. She and several Oceano Lifeguards began the Oceano Junior Guards program 2 summers ago. It has blossomed into a wonderful program for the youth in our South County. Julia's experiences at ocean rescues and injury management are indeed valuable and rare for a young woman. She is passionate about the ocean world and surfs whenever there is a swell.

Julia recently won the SLO County Lifeguard Competition as the overall women's point leader. She is just finishing up her Freshman year at UCSB where she is majoring in Marine Biology and Writing. She plans to continue to lifeguard at California State Beaches when her schedule permits, and to remain involved in youth water polo during the next several years.

You can always recognize Julia by the warm smile that she flashes in the water. If you see her surfing or working at a beach, run up to her and tell her that you swim for PUMA. She will paddle out with you and give you the first good wave. She will always remain a member of the PUMA Ohana!