IT might best be called a 'seven-year itch' for Kimberley Moors.
A talented swimmer from Thompson, Moors has returned to the Bisons swim team that will head to the Canada championship this weekend in Calgary.
This, after a seven-year absence from the sport that included giving birth to her daughter, now four years old.
"I knew when I was living in Thompson there was something bigger and better out there for me," said Moors Tuesday. "Deep down when I trained and worked out I thought maybe I could have a swimming comeback.
"And... here I am."
Moors enters the Canada West championship ranked ninth in the country in the 50-metre butterfly and 18th in the 50-metre freestyle.
"When I first swam I was 18 or 19 and I wasn't as mature as I am now," said Moors. "Now that I have my daughter, I see her as motivation to keep working hard and push forward. If she sees mommy doing this and going to school, then she can be capable of anything."
Two Bisons men are strong medal contenders in Calgary -- Dillon Peron in the breaststroke and butterfly and Artur Kroitor in the freestyle and butterfly.
Arruda, Pischke this week's picks
THE Bison Sports athletes of the week are third-year women's volleyball star Taylor Pischke and rookie basketball player Andre Arruda.
Pischke helped the Bisons, now 10-6, to a weekend sweep of Mount Royal with 32 kills, 22 digs, four blocks and one assist during seven sets.
Arruda, a product of Garden City Collegiate, has been one of the bright stars in a tough season for a Bisons basketball team riddled with injuries and bad luck -- including losing star point guard Steph Walton to a season-ending knee injury. Arruda helped the Bisons snap an 11-game conference losing streak against Brandon and will lead them into action against Regina at home this weekend. Arruda is 15th in Canada West scoring (14.2 points per game) and, according to head coach Kirby Schepp, is a leading candidate for conference rookie of the year.
Not bad for a guy coming off knee surgery who figured he'd spend the year watching others, like Walton, gobble up minutes ahead of him.
"I didn't think I would come in this quickly," said Arruda. "I knew I was a lot smaller than a lot of the other guys -- muscle-wise -- and thought that would affect things. But it seems to be OK. Part of it is my love for the game and wanting to get back after my injury. It was a long time sitting out and I just really wanted to be back doing what I love to do.
"I've worked just so much harder (since the injury). Coming back has been so fun. I know we're losing right now but just coming back and playing basketball makes me happy right now."
-- Ed Tait