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Intersection: Water Safety With Rowdy Gaines


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Rowdy Gaines. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

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Former Olympian Rowdy Gaines is trying to turn the tide on drowning.

Over his swimming career, Gaines has spent a long time in the pool, although he learned how to swim in a lake in Winter Haven, before he was old enough to walk.

Gaines won three gold medals at the 1984 summer Olympics, and throughout his swimming career he’s swum the equivalent of the circumference of the earth.

Now he leads the YMCA of Central Florida aquatics program, where his goal is to get more kids involved in swimming lessons. 


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Matthew Peddie

About Matthew Peddie

Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

A recent transplant to the Sunshine State, Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of ... Read Full Bio »

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