GAIL LORENTZ JOHNSON
I swam competitively from the age of seven to twenty. I was very fortunate to be a part of the Edmonton Keyano Swim Club with many exceptionally talented athletes and coaching staff. Five of my teammates were part of the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Teams. Others competed at Pan American Games and the Commonwealth Games. I sure learned much training alongside these teammates twice a day. Then as an adult, I swam on and off with the Edmonton and the Spruce Grove Masters Clubs.
I competed for Team Alberta at the 1985 and 1989 Canada Games, and Western Canada Games. It was also exciting times to have been a part of many relay teams that held Canadian National Records. One was just broken a couple years ago that stood for twenty-six years! In 2005 at the World Masters Games in Edmonton, I won Gold in the Women’s 200 I.M. in my age group.
Swimming was my life growing up and I still feel passionate about the sport today. Not only does this sport provide great health benefits, it instilled in me hard work, dedication, teamwork, determination, and perseverance. For these reasons, I introduced the sport to my children. Now I enjoy watching them train and compete and learn all that this sport has to offer!
In 2003, I left my career as a Judicial Clerk and Justice of the Peace for the Provincial Court of Alberta, Justice Department, to stay home and raise my first child. I never went back! I did however, spend a couple years at the Tri Leisure Centre teaching swim lessons and lifeguarding, I just couldn’t stay away from the pool! Now for the past couple years, I am working with children in a school setting instead of the pool.
I love being a member of the Stony Plain Sharks Summer Swim Club family. I enjoy witnessing all the swimmers accomplishing their goals at swim meets and seeing the camaraderie and sportsmanship at practices and meets. I am confident my children will one day look back and have positive memories of this sport, thanks to everyone that is a part of this team. I truly feel it is something special to be a part of!
Red Cross Swim Instructor
101 Coaching Course