Julia Blyth Regains her Competitive Edge

Julia Blyth always loved the water.   As a child she had a tremendous amount of energy and her parents wanted her to direct it positively.

So, while living in Singapore, they started her in swimming lessons at 3 years of age.  She began swimming competitively by age 6.  At that time they were living in Vancouver, so Julia competed with the North Vancouver Cruisers for three years.  Her relay team won gold in the provincial championships.  She then swam for the Whitby Dolphins in Ontario. 

Julia swam with the Whitby Dolphins until she was diagnosed with a brain tumor at the age of 12.   During her treatment for her astrocytoma, Julia’s family moved from Ontario to Atlanta where Julia underwent two brain surgeries and eighteen months of chemotherapy.  Fighting to regain her health, her love for swimming was put on hold for several years.

Once she regained her health, Julia was able to start swimming again in September 2009 with the Marietta Marlins and the Blaze Sports (a disabled swim team).  She has swam two meets as an abled bodied person and competed in a disabled meet in Alabama. 

As a disabled swimmer, she is classified as an S7 and has qualified to go to the CAN-AM games in Toronto in December 2010.  Blaze Sports has enabled Julia to shine in a sport she has loved since she was 3 years old.  

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