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Olympic silver medalist visits Vale pool, fundraises for local kids

Olympian Bella Sims poses with a local family for a photo op at the Vale City Pool on Tuesday, Aug. 10. (AUSTIN JOHNSON/The Enterprise)

VALE – Sherri Hironaka’s tinted sunglasses couldn’t hide her happy tears as she watched her granddaughter pose for photos with locals at the Vale Swimming Pool.

“Are you crying?” asked Olympian swimmer Bella Sims, wearing her newly won silver medal, and with a tattoo of the Olympic rings still healing above her ankle.

“Maybe a little,” Hironaka said, lifting her glasses to wipe her eyes. “I’m just so proud.”

The Ontario resident and her husband Dennis Hironaka hosted an afternoon of free swimming on Tuesday, Aug. 10, in honor of their granddaughter, who took home silver from Tokyo for swimming in one heat of the women’s 4 . . .