At six feet tall, Sarah McChensey is bound to stand out.
But the Prince Rupert, B.C. athlete has more than just her athletic ability and size to make note of. McChesney has the distinction of the first female to commit to the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack swim team.
The ‘Pack and head coach Brad Dalke are pleased to welcome her to the program as it begins competition in the Canada West and CIS in the fall.
“Sarah is an extremely enthusiastic and contentious person who loves to swim,” said Dalke who first spotted McChesney at the BC ‘AAA’ championships held at the Canada Games Aquatic Center in January of this year.
“She is an all-around good athlete who participated in a number of school sports … consequently, her overall athleticism is the special attribute that she brings to swimming.”
McChesney played basketball for Charles Hays and Prince Rupert Secondaries and was team captain the last two years (2012-13, 2013-14).
“Currently, her best times qualify her to compete at the Canada West Conference championship,” Dalke explains.
“Sarah will most definitely be one of the key individuals on the WolfPack swim team. Along with her enthusiasm for swimming, she is a great individual who will be an excellent leader for our program in the years to come.”
“I am very excited to be part of the first swim team at TRU,”McChesney adds.
“I am looking forward to working with Brad and meeting my new teammates. It will be exciting to be a part of a growing program.
She is also looking forward to being a role model within the Kamloops community.
“I’ve always thrived on being a role model for young athletes. I think that to have someone to look up to is an important aspect to sport and I always try to encourage younger people to reach their goals,” she said.
McChesney herself points to her club coach Chris Street and her basketball coach Sara Barrow as being her role models along with her parents Jacquie and Rick.
~ By Larry Read