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Fresh off her experience in Brazil, Martha McCabe will be spreading some Olympic magic around right here in Fort Frances.

The Vancouver native will be in town Sept. 11 to conduct a seminar with the local Cyclone Swim Club.

It was only a week ago that McCabe went up against the best in the world at the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro—stroking her way to 23rd place in the 200m breaststroke for Team Canada.

During her visit here, McCabe will spend the afternoon giving a one-hour motivational speech to the Cyclone swimmers before joining them in the pool for two hours of first-hand—and first-class—instruction.

“All I really did is respond to an e-mail,” chuckled Cyclone rep Tammy Ryll.

“Martha sent out e-mails to clubs across Canada asking to come and work with them,” she noted.

“I had a great conversation with her [McCabe] just before the Olympics,” Ryll added.

“What a great opportunity for not only our club but for swimmers throughout the region,” she enthused.

“It’s an opportunity to see what’s possible for our young swimmers.

“I don’t know Martha’s back story, but it will be great for the kids to hear her journey and the sacrifices she had to make to get to that level,” Ryll reasoned.

“I hope they drink it all in and soak it all up, and see that not everyone makes the Olympics but everyone can improve not only in their approach to swimming, but their approach to life.

“And that if you work hard, you get great results.”

Ryll watched McCabe race in Rio and shrugged off the fact the Canadian didn’t make it through the heats with her time of 2:28.62.

“She did an exceptional job,” Ryll stressed.

“Anyone who can reach that level in the sport, I’m a fan.”

Cyclone head coach Debbie Murray, meanwhile, said it was a no-brainer to take McCabe up on her offer.

“To have someone that is actually there at the Olympics right now that wants to come to talk to our swimmers, well, yeah, let’s do this,” she remarked.

“I give full credit to [Ryll] for making this happen,” Murray added.

“If we can’t go to Rio, let’s bring a piece of Rio to the kids.”

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