By Robert Greeley, Special to The Packet
Avery has been swimming since he was 10 years-old.
Clarenville WaveRunners competitive swimming club was a second home for him
during the summer while he was in going to school at Clarenville High, as he
spent the months off practising and representing the club at a variety of
going into his last season with the WaveRunners this past summer, Avery had a
particular thought lingering in the back of his mind.
in September, he would be leaving the familiarity of his hometown — including
all of his friends and family — to study Music at Acadia University, Jesse
wanted to keep one thing constant. He wanted to continue to swim.
the summer, Avery created a new mindset with the ultimate goal to become a
varsity athlete on Acadia University’s swim team.
arrived on campus, Avery paid attention to when the tryouts would take place.
was lucky to have added encouragement to try out from one of the first friends
he made upon his arrival, Brett Liem.
Avery tried out for one spot among the 21 that made up the team.
up against a large amount of winter club swimmers, unlike himself who swam only
in summer, Avery thought it would be a difficult challenge.
club swimmers swim from approximately September to June while summer club
swimmers only swim from approximately July to August, meaning the winter
swimmers get around an extra eight months of practice.
despite what seemed to be a disadvantage, Avery made the team along with one of
his first friends on campus, Brett Liem.
was only one of three summer club swimmers on the whole team of 21.
credited this achievement due to the connections he made from swimming with the
thanked the constant push from his former teammates McCall Ryles and Andrew
Noseworthy for helping him achieve more.
also was thankful for the knowledge that his former coaches Mykala Pardy and Chris
Sheppard gifted him with and praised the experience former teammate and coach
Noah Pardy gave him.
in his second year at Memorial University of Newfoundland, is a member of their
shared the advice of how to help manage the life of a student athlete to Avery.
All of these elements played a factor into how Avery performs now.
into this season, he knew it was going to be more of a challenge going from one
50-minute practice a day to a two-hour practice twice a day.
it has helped increase his endurance tremendously.
current coach Gary Macdonald is who Avery credits with his significant
improvement in the water.
expressed understanding for the massive transition Avery faced.
even shaved six seconds off of his 100-metre freestyle swim and three seconds
off of his 50-metre freestyle swim.
the few meets they have had so far Jesse posted a personal best at the home
invitational and then, later in the season, he posted another personal best at
the meet hosted by Dalhousie University.
into the new year, Avery has set a few more goals. This includes getting more
time in the water and looking at getting his 100-metre under a minute.
of the result, however, Avery is excited to return to Clarenville next summer
and help give back to the WaveRunners club.