Such an enormous second. Such a little bit woman.
On Saturday evening, within the spotlight of Selection Village’s Vacation Watershow, 9 teenaged synchronized swimmers will kind a human platform to elevate Kyra Menzie, 7, out of the water and carry her the size of the pool.
Mariah Carey will coo All I Need for Christmas is You from the audio system. Kyra’s mother will cry and her dad will pump his fist.
Kyra will smile that Kyra smile and wave to the gang whereas attempting to not topple over.
“We like to choose someone who has a big personality and can rock it,” Becca Gillis, 16, one of many coaches, tells me. “That’s Kyra.”
We’re at ultimate rehearsal, certainly Kyra’s solely observe as star of The Large Elevate. She’s the workforce beginner, having caught the synchro bug at one in all Selection’s well-known summer season camps.
“I love this, Mom,” she mentioned. “It’s dance and music and I get to perform.”
That’s Kyra, alright. She has proven up for our pre-rehearsal interview in a Princess Anna costume (from the film Frozen, in case you’re extra Gone With The Wind).
“It’s my favourite dress,” she tells Solar photographer Craig Robertson, and does a waltz by the pool foyer.
It’s straightforward to overlook Kyra’s “disability” by her giggly allure.
There’s a slight hitch to her gait and, although in Grade 2, she doesn’t but learn. She spent kindergarten on the Holland Bloorview youngsters rehab hospital faculty. She has eye points, with one surgical procedure already. The docs identified world developmental delay, a elaborate means of claiming she’s behind and unlikely to catch up.
“What are her long-term prospects? Will she be self-sufficient? Those are the questions that keep me up at night,” says her dad, Steve Menzie, an occasions supervisor.
“But as you can see, she has the biggest, most beautiful heart you can imagine. Just a sweet, loving kid.”
To not point out, a synchro-swimming star within the making.
“I’m going with the big girls,” she declares, and heads for the pool.
On her first attempt as The Large Elevate’s centrepiece, she stays gamely upright, gesturing with aplomb. Her mother, Cherilee Garofano, a health coach, waves again by tears. Her dad hisses, “Yes!”
However the Mariah Carey tune ends earlier than Kyra’s human platform — Charlotte, Gabby, Grace, Maya, Maddie, Brooke, Emma and two Sarahs — can churn the complete 25 metres. The Large Elevate collapses.
Three tries later, it clicks. Tiny Kyra, the massive women and Mariah Carey in good concord.
Her coaches are positive Kyra can quickly be part of Selection’s aggressive synchro juniors and, ultimately, the massive women.
“She’s clearly comfortable in the water,” says coach Gillis, “and very eager to learn. All of us are really hopeful for her.”
On Saturday, Kyra and a few different juniors can even carry out their very own routine: Aspect glide, single arm, double arm, eggbeater, again flutter, format and, ta-da, a back-kick somersault. That final transfer, Kyra mastered inside two weeks of becoming a member of in September.
In fact, a Speedo will change the Princess Anna costume. And Kyra will put on, for the primary time, the navy blue cap of Selection Inventive Swimming (VAS) bearing the workforce motto. It’s an ideal match for her:
“Takes a Village. Raise a Champ.”
KYRA SOARS AT VARIETY VILLAGE
Selection Village, says Kyra’s mother, Cherilee Garofano, “is a place where she can be who she is, and be accepted for all she can do.”
You’ll be able to assist maintain it that means.
The Village is a unprecedented sports activities centre that’s geared to youngsters with disabilities, however makes no distinction between a tyke in a wheelchair and, say, a rickety, retired newspaperman in want of a exercise. Actual “inclusion,” not the phony, political sort.
Give Kyra an enormous elevate by serving to my Solar Christmas Fund for Selection Village. For particulars and to donate, see sunchristmasfund.ca.
You’ll be part of these different current donors:
Marianne Meinel, Toronto $25
Sheldon Ehrenworth, Niagara-on-the-Lake $100
In honour of Mort Greenberg Tom Bernaske, Pickering $30
Alexandra Hampson, Yellowknife $100
Randy Vandekerckhove, Newmarket $50
Marilyn Inexperienced, Mississauga $50
Elizabeth Shelton, Toronto $500
In honour of Mort Greenberg Doug Snow, Scarborough $50
Catherine Hutt, St. Catharines $50
Joan Ryan, Belwood $50
Steve Gormick, Toronto $20
Patrick McFadden, Ajax $50
Keith & Suzanne Pennells, Whitby $250
Brent Allen, Toronto $2,999.99
James Sharples, Markham $100
Wayne Seaward, Bradford $20
Overland L.C. Ballroom Dancers/H. Godzik, Toronto $110
Jamie Vincar, Hamilton $100
Sandra Hunt, Oshawa $50
Ruth Wilson, Markham $100
TO DATE: $16,740.99