Zoie K.

Springbrook, Alberta

Calgary Regional Heritage School Fair

Curtis Myden

My project is about Curtis Myden, the first ever Canadian swimmer ever to medal in consecutive Olympics in individual events, which changed Canadian history. He keeps changing Canada and giving back as an orthopedic arthroscopic surgeon and a pediatric orthopedic surgeon.




What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

The most interesting thing I learned was not only does Curtis have 68 International medals, 15 major titles, 30 national titles, hold provincial, national and international records BUT he also was the Royal Bank's top academic all-Canadian award winner '94, '97, '99 and scholar of the year twice as well as top graduate of all time at the University of Calgary. So he is not only a terrific athlete he is top in academics too! Now he is a respected doctor in Kelowna, B.C.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

The lesson I learned was after hearing Curtis' story of watching his friend and idol Mark Tewksbury win an Olympic medal and deciding he wanted one of his own, that with determination, practice, hard work, and a great mind set, you can reach any goal you set your mind to. Not only did Curtis reach huge goals with swimming but he set huge academic goals and records as well. So you can be a great athlete and be smart too!

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

Curtis had swimming records and goals to break in his swimming career. Thanks to his hard work and the records he set, I now have his records that I can set my goals to reach and break in my own swimming career.