13-year-old swimmer on a mission to prevent drownings

0

No matter the weather, the water is where Madison Huertas wants to be.

“It’s so relaxing to me, almost calming, because when you’re in the water, you don’t have to think about anything else,” said Huertas.

But Huertas, 13, is one thoughtful kid. She learned to swim just a few years ago after she was inspired by watching Missy Franklin compete in the 2012 Olympics.

“I was afraid of the water until I was 8 years old,” Huertas said.

Now, she is a competitive swimmer, and she has another mission to get other kids and grown-ups to learn how to be safe in the pool.

She has launched a public campaign, writing articles, and she plans to start a non-profit to help with swim lessons and advocate for lifeguards at apartment pools.

“Every time I turn on the news, [I see] another drowning in an apartment complex,” said Huertas.

See WFAA

Advertisements

About Author

Production engineer and certified swim coach. Full-time IT consultant, spare-time swimming aficionado. 2 sons, 2 daughters and a wife. President of the Faroe Islands Swimming Association. Likes to run :-)

Leave A Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.

Close