Savannah King is a female swimmer from Canada, who mostly competes in the freestyle events. She claimed a bronze medal (800 m freestyle) at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She also won a silver medal in the 4x200 metre freestyle relay by participating in heats.
She made her Olympic debut at the 2008 Summer Olympics in PR China. In the 2009 Canadian Spring Nationals in Toronto, Ontario King broke the Canadian Records in both the 800 m freestyle and the 1500 m freestyle in a 25 m pool with times of 8:19.99 and 16:00.68 respectively. That summer she swam at the 2009 World Aquatics Championships in Rome, Italy with a best placing of 20th in the 400 m freestyle. Most recently, King broke the Canadian Record and CIS record in the 400 m freestyle at the 2012 CIS Championships in Montreal with a time of 4:02.76. At the London 2012 Olympic Trials in Montreal, Savannah qualified for the 400 free with a second place finish (4:07:02) swimming under the Canadian record time held by Brittney Reimer. Savannah also won the 800 free (8:30:79) coming well under the FINA A standard. Her objective at Trials was to qualify for two individual distance events at the London 2012 Olympics and she is now looking forward to meeting the best in the world this summer. She currently trains at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC.
"Growing up I was quite a large kid," she told the Courier. "I was a little bit roly-poly. I had a short boy haircut. I was bullied when I was in elementary school.
"Because I was a swimmer people would always say, 'When are you going to the Olympics?' They'd make fun of me for being so involved in one thing, not being able to participate in all the events."
King used the taunts and hurtful comments as fuel.
"I put any effort or anger I would build up from that into my sport," she said. "I really used it as a therapeutic technique."
King also offers a message to people who are being bullied. "Don't let it affect anything else in your life," she said. "Just kind of realize the things you are being bullied about aren't going to matter in the long run. You are going to be a different person when you grow up. If you are being bullied for your looks, you're not going to look that way your whole life."
King sometimes runs into the same people who used to tease her when she was young. She resists the urge to retaliate.
To herself she thinks, I dont want to talk to you, and decides to move on without bitterness. I could rub my success in your face but its not going to prove anything. It's not gong to make me a better person."
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Posted By: EUroWeeble8 |
2/20/14 1:52 PM
Swimming makes your body not chubby and bullying will not win you medals like her