Honorary swim team member Romaine motivates others
Sunday, June 15, 2014 12:00 AM
Greenwood Gators swim team assistant coach Kendrick Anderson said he, along with youth on the swim team, are motivated and inspired by one of the team’s honorary members, John Romaine.
John Romaine is lowered into the Greenwood YMCA pool for his swim lesson.
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Romaine, 31, has spastic cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair for mobility.
Cerebral palsy is a group of disorders that affect a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture. Along with this neurological condition, there may be secondary or associative conditions that contribute to speech, vision, hearing or other impairments.
“When I first started working with John, I wasn’t entirely sure what to do,” said Anderson, who also teaches swimming lessons at Greenwood Family YMCA. “For me, it was new, different and challenging. But we soon developed a natural flow and I let him do what he wants to do in the water.
“There are so many who make excuses about what they can and cannot do, but then you look at John and realize there is no excuse. He has so much life and energy and the swim team kids feed off of that. He gets really excited about the pool and so do the kids.”
Additionally, at swim meets, Romaine swims 25-yard races, Anderson said.
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