Thoughtful remembrances

Robin Short
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Swimming community shows its support for family of Alyssa Davis

The days are long, and the pain persists. Few can really, truly understand the depths of sorrow felt by the Davis family, although it is taking some comfort these days from an entire swimming community standing shoulder to shoulder in an effort to support grieving parents and siblings.

Alyssa Davis

“It is comforting,” Alyssa Davis’s mother, Sherree-Lin Davis, said Tuesday morning, “but at the same time, it’s also hard because she’s not where she’s supposed to be.

“But it is comforting to know everybody is thinking about her.”

Two days before Christmas, Alyssa was killed in a car accident in C.B.S. She was only 17.

Alyssa was a competitive swimmer with the C.B.S. Bluefins. In the month or so since the accident, she has been remembered by the Swimming Newfoundland and Labrador family, first in Carbonear at the Poseidon Swim Club’s Winter Wave 2016 early in the new year, and this past weekend at the West Coast Invitational in Corner Brook, hosted by the local Rapids club.

Prior to the first heat, athletes and officials circled the Arts and Culture Centre pool, and Glenda Crocker called for the first race. Young Caleigh Edwards placed a single white rose on block No. 3.

A whistle sounded to start the opening heat last Friday evening, but no one moved. Instead, a moment of silence — ‘The Last Swim’ — was held.

“There wasn’t a ripple,” said the head of officials, Mike Greene. “I swear you could hear a pin drop.”

There will be more tributes in pools around the province before the winter swim season winds down, more ceremonies remembering Alyssa Davis, a Bluefin for seven years.

She will not be forgotten.

Brian and Sherree-Lin Davis like that.

Organizations: Poseidon Swim Club, West Coast Invitational

Geographic location: Carbonear, Corner Brook

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  • Shirley Jackman Kavanagh
    February 03, 2016 - 22:09

    A beautiful tribute to Alyssa - she loved what she did in her lifetime and loved her family so much - she will always be in our heart and thoughts forever - love you my little angel - Nan Kavanagh

  • Alyssa's mom
    February 03, 2016 - 12:37

    Thank you Robin for writing this .Thank you to every kind word, letter,dedication and remembrance from everyone.The support is overwhelming but appreciated.