Avery joined Aqua Essence in the Fall of 2013, at the age of five. Avery has always loved the water. She got her first taste of the lake at two months old. Even though, she was very timid at first to learn with an instructor on her own. She went through her lessons and continued to progress at a very quick pace. Avery really enjoys learning from Mitch; because he is so calm, encouraging and loves his stories while she treads water. Avery loves swimming each week at Cindy Klassen Recreation Centre.

Here’s what Mitchell had to say:

My nomination for swimmer of the month for September is Avery Valdez. Avery is the best example of a hard worker, i can think of. She brings it to every single class wanting to get better, which I really appreciate. I’ve been working in the pool wtih Avery for a few years now, and I’ve seen her drive to improve, resulting in some beautifully efficient stroke; like Breat Stroke and Front Crawl! Avery is in Level 8, and despite being well under the required age for the lifesaving courses of Bronze Medallion and Cross. Avery has been able to complete the Bronze Medallion distance swim of 500 meters in less than 15 minutes! This is a testament to how hard Avery works in every class! I hope I get to continue to watch Avery grow and tackle the new challenges of the last few levels. She is very deserving of this nomination!