Special Olympics British Columbia British Columbia

SOBC coach honoured as a top aquatic adventurer

25 July 2017

Congratulations to Special Olympics BC – Victoria swimming Head Coach Susan Simmons who was named one of the World Open Water Swimming Association’s 2017 World’s 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Women in June.

Simmons is a marathon swimmer who lives with multiple sclerosis. Her impressive aquatic accomplishments include completing a 50-kilometre swim from Ocean Falls to Bella Bella in 2016 and a 32-hour, 79-kilometre double crossing of Cowichan Lake in 2014. On July 31, Simmons and fellow swimmer Jill Yoneda completed a 30-kilometre swim across the Juan de Fuca Strait.

“I have had a few challenges with my MS this year but have learned how to manage it. It’s important I stay active and live a full life,” Simmons told the Victoria News. “What is most helpful though is people hear about someone with MS doing these things. We begin to learn that having a disability does not mean we are limited – we just have to do it differently.”

A highly valued SOBC – Victoria coach, Simmons regularly goes above and beyond to create opportunities for Special Olympics athletes. This includes organizing workshops where SOBC – Victoria swimmers worked with Victoria Masters swim team members. Simmons has also raised funds for SOBC – Victoria through her long-distance swimming.

Congrats, Susan, on this impressive accomplishment and thank you for your excellent work with SOBC!

If you know of an SOBC member recognized with a local award, please share the news with SOBC’s communications team via megan@specialolympics.bc.ca or 604-737-3077.

SOBC – Victoria swimming coach Susan Simmons takes part in an open-water swim near Bella Bella.

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