The Alignment Kickboard: Helen’s Story

There are a few moments at FINIS that stand out as more significant than others. The ability to help people do what they love is one of the most rewarding experiences we are granted as humans. Below is an email sent to Vice President, Tim Elson from an old friend Helen H., regarding one of her swimmers. This little girl, also named Helen, was born without the use of one of her hands. This is a remarkable story of courage in the face of adversity and FINIS is honored  to have been a part of this young girl’s journey.

Dear Tim,

Helen and her coach

My name is Helen H. I lived in Great Falls, Montana, and FINIS was a sponsor for our Coach’s Clinics.  Your company has always been such a great supporter of swimming. Several years ago, I relocated to Missoula, Montana.  I started coaching age group, high school, and masters swimming. While I was coaching age group at the Missoula YMCA, I had a little girl in my group named Helen M.               Helen joined my 8 & under group after taking swimming lessons.  She was barely 7 years old, had good skills, but she was born without a right hand. Using a kickboard was nearly impossible for her. Due to this, when we did a kick set she was at a huge disadvantage. I brought your FINIS Alignment Kickboard to practice one day and Helen found HUGE success! Not only could she tuck her wrist under the strap for kick sets, she was able to start doing catch-up drills for freestyle & backstroke. Her swim/kick skills and confidence increased so much she decided to start swimming in swim meets. I can’t tell you how THANKFUL we are for FINIS & your kickboard.

I have a attached a couple of photos.  Keep designing great products!
Helen H.

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