Thirteen-year-old Robyn Hays will be competing in the Alberta Summer Games in Peace Region, July 19-25.
Hays, who started swimming at age eight, is a member of the Nose Creek Swim Association and is coming off of a silver-medal win at the B Provincials in Edmonton in June.
“I was sick the week before the competition, but I did okay,” said Hays, who lives in Rocky View County between Crossfield and Beiseker.
For someone who only started swimming competitively five years ago, Hays has come a long way.
“I have always been a water baby, I just liked swimming,” said Hays. “I like how it’s so independent. It’s all on you. If you have a bad time, it’s no one else’s fault but your own.”
This year’s Alberta Summer Games will be Hay’s first, but any nerves for the event were shaken long before the event.
“I was nervous for the trials, but the games are going to be like any other swim meet,” she said.
As for a result at the games, Hays says she is aiming to learn more about her sport.
“I hope to learn more about my butterfly, it’s my best stroke so hopefully I can learn some more,” said Hays. “I would like to get my A-time in the butterfly. I haven’t gotten there yet.”
Also competing from the Nose Creek Swimming Association at the Summer Games is Devon Chernow and Andrea Gibson from Airdrie, and Stephanie Churcher of Chestermere.
Hays says the support of her teammates is a boost, both for training and for the competition.
“It helps a lot knowing your friends will be there to help you,” said Hays. “It makes everything more fun, and its easier coming to practices having some friends there.”