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Aug 06 2010

The Silver Swimmer returns to Seabrook

By Kristin Hackler

DSC02945The conference room at the Lake House was decked out with cookies, cupcakes and bowls of M&Ms on Wednesday, July 28, in honor of a remarkable Seabrook Island resident. Tim McBride, son of Gail and Robert McBride, recently arrived home from the National Special Olympics in Nebraska with two silver medals to his name.

With the help of swim coach Kathy Murray and the support of the fitness team at the Lake House, Tim claimed a silver medal in both the 100 freestyle relay race and the 25 meter individual race, coming within .94 seconds of the gold on the latter.

“Some people from Indiana made a ‘Go South Carolina!’ sign for Tim during his match,” smiled Tim’s father, Bob McBride. “If you really want to understand the mentality of these athletes, just look at the Special Olympics motto: ‘Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.’.”

More than 60 Seabrook Island residents arrived to congratulate Tim on his wins, and following a congratulatory speech by Jan McBride, one of the coordinators for the event, the entire room burst into a spontaneous singing of “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow.”

Special thanks go out to Nic Porter, Carol Weiss and Jan McBride for helping to coordinate such a wonderful celebration for one of Seabrook Island’s most accomplished swimmers.

For the full story on Tim McBride and his journey to the National Special Olympics, check out the September edition of The Seabrooker.

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