Opinion: The pool is indeed the jewel of San Manuel

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I would just like to take a moment to say thank you for including the excellent article “The Jewel of San Manuel – the pool,” by Alex Gort, in your May 8, 2013 edition. 

Having spent many hours in that very same pool (as well as the old pool and the Mammoth pool), I was thrilled to see an article expounding upon the many benefits of such a wonderful addition to San Manuel all those years ago. 

Though I learned how to swim at the old pool, which sadly is a hunk of concrete now, many of my teenage years included time well spent at the new pool.  I must’ve swam a million laps, or so it seemed, during my nine years on the swim team; I medaled in the breaststroke, freestyle relay and medley relay there; I proudly carried the American flag during a synchronized swimming opening ceremony there; I learned to do a front flip off the low dive there; I then began to lifeguard there; I taught a number of youngsters how to swim there; and finally I ended my time at the San Manuel pool by coaching the Copper Valley Swim Team there.  

I now faithfully follow the news articles about the Sea Lions Swim Team and the San Manuel High School Miners Swim Team, and I continue to cheer them on from afar.  I am excited for the future of the pool and glad that it will continue its time as a jewel of the town.  It truly does have the ability to shape the lives of many of the Tri-Community children and teenagers and enrich the lives of the adults.  The pool’s impact on my life and who I became is something I will always cherish, and the memories built there still linger on. 

Thank you, Mr. Gort, for reminding every one of us about the value of something as simple as a swimming pool. 

/s/ Joellen Brown

Tucson, AZ  

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