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Taking the Plunge: Local Resident Learns to Swim for 70th Birthday at Discover Aquatics

  By Gale Hemmann Donna Killelea is proof that you can do anything you set your mind to, at any age. The Olympia resident decided to take on a life-long goal for her 70th birthday: learning to swim. With the encouragement of staff at Discover Aquatics Swim School, she was able to make this dream [...]

Your Healthcare Connection: Oly Ortho Welcomes Dr. Tracy Hamblin

  For the most part, we are a healthy community.  We hike on the weekends, join in community 5K runs and participate in active outdoor recreation in beautiful Thurston County.  And that means for many of us, we may need a quick visit to the doctor from time to time to check out a new [...]

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Lee Family Enters Third Decade of Taekwondo Tradition at U.S. Martial Arts Center

  By Tom Rohrer According to Master Jason Lee and his sister, Master Angie Lee, strong knowledge and skill in martial arts are not all you need to be successful in their occupation. “My father, Grand Master Young-Hak Lee, always says you have to memorize every student’s name.  We have over 600 students, and we [...]

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Coach Derrick Pringle’s Focus Is Being A Winner On And Off The Court

  By Gail Wood For Derrick Pringle, it’s never just been about the final score or the hurrah for pulling out a win. It’s never just been about the won/loss record. Although throughout his 17 years of coaching basketball – from YMCA youth basketball to head women’s coach at Grays Harbor College and now the [...]

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Four Evergreen Swim Club Members Compete at Western Zone Championships

  By Gail Wood Last September, when Randy Trowbridge returned to Olympia to become the head coach of the Evergreen Swim Club, his mission was to raise the level of performance. Consider it mission accomplished. With Trowbridge’s team committing to two-a-day workouts, four Evergreen swimmers – Hannah Barker, Annika Eisele, Everett Werner and Alex Wright [...]

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Robin Johnson Uses Experience to Shape Young Basketball Players at 90Ten

  By Tom Rohrer It can be challenging to transition from athlete to coach. Instincts and competiveness are hard to shake, and when instructing young, inexperienced players, frustration can creep into a coach. Robin Johnson, a standout multi-sport athlete from Tenino High School who went on to play basketball at Saint Martin’s University, has successfully [...]

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Lauren Pierson – “Just Run and Be Yourself”

  By Tom Rohrer While experimenting with other sports, Lauren Pierson’s focus always returned to her favorite activity. Like the traditional, All-American youth, Pierson tried a wide variety of complex sports.  She eventually found out that her favorite was the simplest of all. “I’ve always been running,” said Pierson, a soon to be senior at [...]

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Capital’s Ryan Chase and Yelm’s James Rodeman Finish High at Track and Field Junior Olympics

  By Tom Rohrer In the decathlon, versatility is a requirement. Within the two day competition, athletes must perform in the following ten events – long jump, 1,500 meter run, javelin, pole vault, high jump, 400 meter and 100 meter dash, 110 meter hurdles, shot put and discus. Used to determine the world’s best female [...]

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John Clarke Organizes Socializing, Exercise on Bike Ride from Panorama to McDonald’s

  By Gail Wood They’ve become regular Saturday morning customers, eating as they talk. Since 1998, a group of friends from Panorama, with John Clarke usually leading the way, have ridden their bikes three miles down the Chehalis Western Trail to the McDonald’s restaurant on Yelm Highway. They have breakfast, talk and have a good [...]

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Owen Timms No Stranger to National Sailing Competitions

  By Tom Rohrer There’s something about being on the water that brings out the best in Owen Timms. The 13-year-old, soon to be eighth grader at Nova Middle School, has gone from sailing enthusiast to amateur racing expert in less than half a decade. “I love being out on the water.  Sailing is one of [...]

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