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Olympic hero spends time with Vale swimmers

Kids beat the heat at the first Bella Sims Dream Big Day at the Vale City Pool on Friday, July 29, and the special guest was Sims herself.

As the afternoon heat topped 105 degrees, the pool was the venue for races, dives, raffles, and competitive games of “sharks and minnows.” 

“All the lifeguards are here and having fun,” said pool manager Jodi Sharp. 

Money raised through the Bella Sims Dream Big fund goes to helping kids who can’t afford swim lessons or equipment. 

“Bella is our national treasure,” said Sherri Hironaka, Sims’ grandmother, smiling at the visiting 17-year-old Olympian, who was signing swim caps and photos. Sims will compete at the “Duel in the Pool” meet this August with fellow American swimming champions. 

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