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Named to Olympic Athletes Commission, EY Olympian Martha McCabe retiring from active competition to help athletes and kids

McCabe [in white cap centre] in pool with young swimmers as part of her outreach work with children.

McCabe [in white cap centre] in pool with young
swimmers as part of her outreach work with children.

AN EAST YORK CHRONICLE EXCLUSIVE

-By Gary Webb-Proctor-

Voted by her fellow Olympic athletes to be one of five new members of the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Athletes Commission last month, East York two-time Olypmic swimmer Martha McCabe is retiring from competition to focus on new horizons, she says.

Martha McCabe HS -TWITTER

Martha McCabe -TWITTER

Ms. Mc Cabe spoke to East York Chronicle in an exclusive interview as she prepared to head to Calgary for the first meeting of the athletes group, which advises the COC on various policies that affect athletes.

“At this point I’m just more interested in focusing on other things related to sports” rather than competing, she said.

As we reported last year after the Rio Olympics, for which she was co-captain of the swim team, Ms. McCabe had already begun exploring other areas of her talents then. On her way home from the games she staged “Martha’s Canadian Drive,” conducting clinics and speaking engagements in 26 cities from Vancouver to Toronto.

That tour ended up being extended eastward to St. John’s, Nfld. for another 19 events and she told us at the time that she was starting to look beyond competitive swimming to a career in which she would be able “to give something back” by encouraging and assisting other athletes.

Power Soccer 028The 27-year-old former Cosburn Middle School and Leaside High School student said she is also about to unveil another aspect of her post-swimming career, a new program called Head To Head.  Veteran Olympic athletes will be paired with newcomers to help them learn the ropes of competition.

As well, successful athletes can be introduced as mentors to younger children in order to provide motivation and positive role models to counteract the sometimes negative impacts of social media and other influences, she said.

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