VIDEO: Windsor Aquatic Club Celebrates 50 Years

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The Windsor Aquatic Club is celebrating 50 years in the community.

Club members, friends, and family filled the Windsor International Aquatic and Training Centre to recognize the organization Saturday.

Now 186 members strong, many took time to recognize the club's humble beginnings and to thank Bob Martin, who many consider its founding father. 

"It's just so fantastic to see the growth in Windsor. We've always had the best athletes, we actually had the best Red Cross [Swimming] Program, but we never had any pools," says Martin.

The club has produced several stars on the world stage, including Paralympic Champion Danielle Campo-McLeod.

She's won several international medals in the pool to go along with a Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 1992 and in 2012 and became a member of the Order of Ontario in 2001.

"I owe my medals to him. If you think back, if he didn't fight 50 years ago I might not have had a place to go," she says. "It was my first chance to say thank you."

Aquatic Club Manager Nancy Hanes says the future is bright for swimming in Windsor-Essex.

"There are so many life lessons you learn from swimming that you take with you outside of the sport. Goal setting, your confidence throughout life, it's just a fantastic sport," she added.

Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens attended the event to announce a yearlong celebration, wrapping with a club reunion in the fall of 2020.

 

— with files from CTV Windsor