Tina's daughter has been an artistic swimmer since 2009, when she was 9yrs old. She was born with a brachial plexus injury which resulted in a disability called Erbs Palsy. She has been in the water since she was 4 months old for therapy and when she was 9, she joined an artistic swim team to get the benefits it had to offer for her physically, emotionally and cognitively.
(she also battles with ADHD).
Artistic Swimming has essentially turned her disability from
one that is 'seen' (noticeable) to 'unseen' and manageable.
Tina also became passionate right along with her, learning synchronized/artistic swimming, training with masters and ultimately becoming a Level 1 Judge so that she can always stay on top on what is happening with the sport in terms of judging and how her daughter is affected by it. She is currently certified by the Red Cross swim coach safety training, lifeguard training and USA Synchro certified CCP1 coach. Tina says that the 'unfairness' and the realization that her daughter would only be able to achieve a certain level made her even more passionate about promoting awareness with the hope of developing other rising athletes with disabilities to go on a different path and pursue the hope and dreams of artistic swimming as a Paralympic Sport.
Tina is on a disability retirement so she knows all too well the adversity and discrimination felt by these fabulous young athletes who deserve so much more in life. She was an athlete with an 8yr background in Ballet (40yrs involved with skating/track/swimming/softball) and a personal trainer with the YMCA. Ultimately, severe injuries from her career in law enforcement got the best of her. She coached youth roller hockey for 9 years, which she had many athletes with disabilities on her team. Now active with aquatics exercise and swimming as therapy, Tina says:
"I have great knowledge and experience with multiple sports. I may not be wealthy, but I have a rich heart and will share my life, love and passion with those who aspire to achieve their dreams in this sport! I am honored to serve as the President of the Artistic Swim AWD Organization and will do my best to ensure the goals and mission for the Organization is met. I also love making fabulous artistic swim suits and Mermaid tails for our swimmers and coaches".
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