Swimming took up so much of my faculties and for so long I was willing to give it everything.

Retiring is a strange word. Im 27 years old. Ive still got stuff to do.

I have always had a very natural connection to the water and that connection stems from the ocean itself.

We dont swim for the attention. We dont swim to be rock stars. There is something beautiful about being in an anonymous sport and being fairly anonymous. It enables you do something you love without any of the other effects.

The oceans are more or less in disrepair. Long Beach really is making an effort to acknowledge this and thats a great place to start. Im trying to spread at least the knowledge that its never too early to take care of our oceans and our environment.

I think the best thing I can hope to achieve is to educate or make aware as many people as possible on how the little things they do every day really do affect our environment and how easy it is to fix some of those things.

Im a part of a program called Toyotas Engines of Change Program. The message is that anyone can make a difference in their community or for whatever cause they feel strongly about. Everyone can be an Engine of Change.

The ocean is the lifeblood of our world. If we were to lose our fish that we appreciate so much by overfishing or if we were to lose some of our favorite beaches to overbuilding and pollution then how would we feel? Its become a case of not knowing what youve got until its gone.