A tribute to Eleanor
“Put your head down and kick!”
On Saturday afternoons at Sherbrooke pool back in the 60s you could hear my mom, Eleanor Freeman shouting that to her students. In a way that said a lot about my mom, she knew that if she wanted to get somewhere in life, sometimes you had to put your head down and go. Sitting around waiting for something to get done. Just wasn’t her thing.
This mindset is evident in the way that Eleanor approached her teaching. She believed that everyone had the potential to succeed in the water, but that it required a willingness to work hard and push oneself to the limit. She encouraged her students to set goals and to work towards them with determination and dedication.
Eleanor Freeman passed away in 2023, but her legacy lives on. She was a true pioneer in the world of swimming instruction, and her influence on the way that WETS teaches swim lessons will be felt for generations to come. Her dedication to helping people of all ages learn to swim was a testament to her passion for the sport, and her unwavering belief in the power of teaching to change lives. We are grateful for her contributions, and proud to honour her legacy.
In a world full of possibilities, each of us has the power to make a positive difference and leave a lasting impact. Let’s take inspiration from the incredible life of Eleanor Freeman, who left behind a legacy that continues to inspire. Eleanor was a pioneer in teaching swimming, and her influence will be felt for generations to come through WETS swim lessons. We all have unique passions and talents, and now is the time to embrace them. Let’s dedicate ourselves to making a positive change in the world, just like Eleanor did. Our actions, no matter how small, can have a big impact. Let’s follow our dreams, make a difference, and show the world the power of our passions. Eleanor’s story reminds us that we can make a splash and leave a lasting impression.