Many people have a story to tell that gives a bit of perspective on their sport.  Mine is from my long lost friend; Lloydie.

Lloyd was four in 1969 and I don’t know his last name.  I was also four in 1969.  He was my next door neighbour in Prince George, British Columbia.  I remember playing with Lloydie all the time.  He was a good play-mate.  I would go over to his basement suite and Lloydie always was keen to play.  We both had cowboy boots.

One day my Mom told me to listen to the radio because Lloydie’s name was going to be said on the radio.  I thought that was special.  It wasn’t.

I didn’t play with Lloydie any more.  He drowned in the Fraser river.

Lloydie and I had cowboy boots.  We both had cool boots.  We lived in them. His boots were found on the side of the river because Lloydie would never have made his boots wet.  Who would? I wouldn’t.

Lloydie died in a big strong river.  I started swimming lessons then and I learned to swim.

If you had a pal when you were young you will may remember them in different ways and nostalgic ways.  I remember Lloyd because he started me on a path into the swimming world which I still follow.  Thank  you Lloydie and rest in peace.

About Coach Gary

I competed in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul representing Canada and coached in the 2000 and 2004 Olympics for Great Britain. I have a degree in History and a minor degree in Psychology from University of Calgary. I have travelled extensively and have been very lucky to see so much of the world while representing Canada and Great Britain at swimming competitions. I am very proud of the fact that I coached a swimmer to become number one in the world in the fastest swimming race in 2002. I pride myself in my ability to find new and interesting ways to teach swimming. I am an accomplished artist specialising in sculpture, I have another blog called 'swimmingart' where I publish some of my swimming drawings. I have three young children; all boys. I have recently taken up painting and yoga....but not at the same time. You can see my new paintings at: https://www.artgallery.co.uk/artist/gary_Vandermeulen
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2 Responses to Lloydie

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  2. garyalison50 says:

    My Mom read my post and told me that she never told me that the morning that Lloydie died he came to our house and asked if I wanted to come out to play. I was ill, so my Mom told him I couldn’t play that day.


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