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Auto dealer to get Sharks to new pool

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The Sharks will be swimming again -- at least a few more of them.

Since the Sherbrook Pool closed last week after an inspection revealed structural problems, the Sherbrook Sharks Swimming Club has been trying to figure out how to get more of its members -- inner-city kids ages seven to 15 -- to the Cindy Klassen Recreation Complex to continue training.

When a staff member of a local auto dealership read the Free Press story earlier this week, the dealership stepped up to help the swimmers.

Birchwood Hyundai general manager Gord Workum said the auto dealer can make its shuttle available on a short-term basis for some Sharks members.

"We will have the Birchwood Hyundai shuttle pick up to six kids at the Sherbrook Pool and take them to the C.K. recreation centre and return them to Sherbrook four times a week, Monday to Thursday, in the evening," Workum said, adding the drivers will be volunteers who are Birchwood employees and family members.

"With the Chipman family (owners of the dealership), being part of the community is being part of the Birchwood Group. That's very important to us, and we thought we could help out the community by volunteering to help out the kids on the swim team."

Sharks club president Karla Dueck Thiessen said the kids used to be able to walk to the Sherbrook Pool because it was in their neighbourhood.

The city has provided the 35 Sharks members with a place to swim at the Cindy Klassen centre, but transportation is a roadblock.

The shuttle service will definitely help, but some kids have already started missing their swim times, Dueck Thiessen said.

Another Free Press reader asked in the comments section on the www.winnipegfreepress.com website how to donate bus tickets.

A Sharks member replied that bus tickets could be left for the club at the front desk of the Cindy Klassen centre.

ashley.prest@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 8, 2012 A5

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