Zimmerman, Grade 11 student at Englefeld School, will soon be on her way to Abu
Dhabi to swim for Team Canada in the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games!
Tia only learned to swim four years ago. Since then, she has won multiple
medals in provincial and national competitions. This past summer, she was
called-up to the provincial team to compete in the national competition held in
Antigonish, Nova Scotia. She learned two new strokes that she had never
attempted for the competition. She came away from those races with 2 Gold and 2
Bronze medals and enough points to qualify for the Special Olympics. She thanks
her swim coach, Deb Strumberg of Humboldt, for supporting her in her journey as
a competitive swimmer.
28, Englefeld School held a send-off celebration event for Tia, hosted by
Principal Cori Harcourt. Tia will be leaving for the United Arab Emirates on
March 5, and will be there for nearly 3 weeks. Many dignitaries were on-hand to
wish her well, including Horizon Subdivision 4 Trustee, Mark Fedak,
Superintendent of Student Services, Darrell Paproski, MLA Todd Goudy, Englefeld
Mayor Darrell Athmer, Faye Matt and Chris Hamilton from Special Olympics
Saskatchewan, Englefeld SCC President Kristi Richardson, Swim Coach Deb
Stumborg, students, staff, and community members.
was also in attendance for the event, and had an opportunity to share their
thanks for the support Tia has received from her school and community. “We hope
for more inclusion and more recognition of the incredible athleticism of
Special Olympians,” said Tia’s parents, Tammy and Terry Zimmerman. “This
opportunity has improved her whole life. We are very excited and very proud.”
closed with Tia reciting the Special Olympics Athlete’s Oath – “Let me win. But
if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”
Tia, and good luck!