Tuesday, September 22, 2009  
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Quote of the Week
“The $75,000 Federal Grant money has been earmarked towards a committee interested in the adaptive restoration of the Historic Coleman Collieries Tipple.”
- Shar Lazzarotto  
- Economic Development  


When you see Macey Fuller on the blocks getting ready for a race, you can tell by her confidence she’s one of the fastest swimmers in Alberta.
Macey began her swimming career at the age of three and has now logged eight years and countless miles in the pool. Competitive swimming is a family affair with big sister MacKenzie leading the way. From the beginning of her young career Macey has excelled past the competition consistently ranking in the top two in the Province every year. In her age group this year alone she competed against 304 similarly aged swimmers throughout Alberta and came out a gold medal winner.
Macey swims with the Pincher Creek Dolphins, swimming over 4000 metres or 240 lengths of the pool each day. During the summer swimming season she trains five days a week, usually twice a day, both morning and night. Macey credits her success to good coaching. Her career in the pool started with Elize Gross, head coach for the Dolphins, and now a full time teacher at the Livingstone School in Lundbreck. “She’s the best there is as a coach,” Fuller notes. “She taught me how to swim, gave me the right type of training, both physically and technically.” Since Gross resigned from the club as head coach four years ago to become a full time mother, Macey said she has had four different coaches, all four of them different but all good in their own aspects.
Macey competes in Zone F, which is made up of teams from the Crowsnest Pass, Pincher Creek, Fort Macleod, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Nanton, Taber, Brooks and Claresholm. Over the four month swimming season Macey swam 44 races, and of those has placed first in 40.
Macey’s specialties include 50 and 100 metres freestyle, 50 metres breaststroke and 100 metres individual medley, an all around event in which the swimmer swims one length of each stroke including butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle.
When pitted against the top two swimmers in each of the six zones in Alberta at Provincials in Edmonton this past August, Macy received a gold medal in both the 100 metres freestyle and I.M. and a silver medal in the 50 metres freestyle and breaststroke. As a result of these finishes, Macey was awarded the top female swimmer in Alberta, based on her aggregate points at the meet. In essence she’s the fastest female ages 9 & 10 swimmer in the province in summer swimming.
Macey’s interested in more than just swimming. She’s involved in school sports in the winter while also dancing for the past seven years with the Turning Pointe troupe. “My favourite winter sport is basketball”, she comments. The future in swimming is bright for this exceptional phenomenon.
In order for Macey to move to the next level in her swimming career she would have to join a winter swimming program and the closest one in Alberta is in Lethbridge. “I’m not sure when I’ll go winter club”, she notes.
Winter club swimming is the venue from which all Olympic swimmers start. Kayla Voytachek, a former member of the Pincher Creek Dolphins, left summer swimming in her teens to join the Lethbridge winter club and is now a member of the Canadian Nation Swim Team. Macey says that Voytachek is her idol, “Kayla could represent our country in the next Olympics and I swam with her on the same team”.
With Macey’s talent and drive for success, who knows, we just might see her on our television screens in the 2016 Olympics.
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