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Diving into leadership
Water has always been a big part of Hailey Short’s life. She started with swim lessons at age 5, the moved over to Lake Anna to take part in Swim Team Clinics under the direction of Coach Fritz.
At 14, she started swimming competitively earning her wings
and more than a few medals for her butterfly, freestyle and relay competitions.
At age 16, she began working at the Wadsworth YMCA as a lifeguard and swim instructor. She was a natural.
“When I started here, I was a teenager and I spent most of my time just following in other people’s footsteps,” said Short, now 20 and the newly appointed Aquatics Coordinator at her branch. “But, at the Y, I learned how to be a real leader by seeing what’s really involved in doing the job.”
This summer, Hailey will again be working with the Safety Around Water initiative, so important to the Akron Area YMCA and community.
“At first, I didn’t know what to expect,” she said. “But when I came back to work with these kids last year – and they remembered me – I really realized what a difference I could make in their lives.”
The Safety Around Water program is just one important aspect of Hailey’s job. Wadsworth is a busy swimming place – with indoor and outdoor facilities and the offering of 64 swim classes per session that occur year ‘round.
“I really like what I do here,” she says. “There’s so much reward in seeing kids learn to swim and know that I had a part in their success.