Calgary Aquabelles shaped the person I am today. It is through my experiences with the Aquabelles that I developed many of the key skills that are at the heart of my personal and professional success. As a former Aquabelles swimmer, the program and the coaches gave me the tools to tackle challenges head on, persevere when times get tough, push beyond my self-imposed limits, be a good teammate and friend, win and lose graciously, and effectively juggle the demands of life, work and family. As a former Aquabelles coach, I learned how to build a team, how to inspire and motivate others, and how to help my swimmers recognize and realize their potential. Now, as a parent of a current Calgary Aquabelles swimmer, I am thrilled to watch my daughter learn and apply these same life skills as she navigates her way through her teenage years.