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Joanne Malar Joanne Malar is a competitive swimmer who has been through a lot of ups and downs throughout her career Through the bad times as well as the good Joanne has displayed the qualities of a good leader and role model Joanne Malar has been swimming since the age of seven when she joined the Hamilton Wentworth Aquatic Club in Hamilton Ontario Her coach Gaye Stratten has been alongside her every step of the way and says that he knew she had potential from day one When Joanne first started swimming she began training in the juniors group and quickly moved up to higher group levels as she practiced more and more and her swimming improved Her first competitions were at a local level and she enjoyed them very much but wanted more competition which drove her to win Seven years after she began swimming at the age of 14 Joanne qualified for her first ever spot on the Canadian National Team This achievement was huge and she was becoming better known around Ontario and Canada from it This recognition she said caused her to feel stressed and made her feel that she had to win and she was extremely disappointed when she didnt Many people said that they saw a huge change in Joannes attitude towards the sport at this time and that the stress and pressure caused her to mature and have to make big decisions on her own She at first didnt know if she could handle the stress and at one time wanted to give up Joanne instead chose to continue her swimming career and has made great progress over the years As the years have gone by Joanne has been through many competitions and has been very successful In her first Olympic Games in 1992 at the age of 17 Joanne turned out 11th in the 400 IM This was a great experience for her but again
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