March 2, 2019
Dear PDST family,
With great sadness, I announce that Coach Xu Xiaowei passed away on March 1st, 2019. She was the senior coach of Pacific Dragons Swim Team (PDST) for the past 10 years. Coach Xu had a dedicated professional career in both swimming and diving in China and in the US.
In China, she trained professional athletes. In the US, she cofounded PDST. In the past 10 years, she devoted her life to the many young swimmers with passion and dedication. She was diagnosed with lung cancer last summer. As an athlete, Coach Xu fought her illness with optimism, confidence, and determination. As her family and close friends standing by at her hospital bedside, her life journey quietly and peacefully came to an end. She was an inspiration to our swimmers, the swimming world and life in general. We are truly fortunate to have had coach Xu in our lives at various venues and times, benefiting from and inspired by her coaching, positive attitude, and dedication.
Let us remember coach Xu’s motto: “A championship title is not your only goal for swimming; The bigger reward is to build up a positive attitude towards life.”
A celebration of life event for Coach Xu will be held in the near future. You will be notified once a date is finalized.