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Dave Swindells

Name: Dave Swindells

Age: 37

Occupation: Commercial Insurance Broker, Marsh Canada Limited

Hometown: Georgetown, ON

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Riding for those who can’t

I reconnected with cycling in the spring of 2003 after retiring from the sport of rugby.  I immediately regretted all those years in the gym trying to bulk up!  Slowly after many years of riding I have shed a good deal of the rugby weight but still tip the scales well above the average for a cyclist (yes, I now obsess about losing weight not gaining it!!!).  However I’ve not let that stop me and take to cycling with a passion.  Just this fall I tried the cyclocross version of cycling and was instantly taken by it.  I have a mountain bike too and every time I ride it I wonder why I would ever want to ride on the road again.  However, the road is where my passion for cycling lies.  Riding solo with only my thoughts, or in a group chatting for hours, road cycling is now a part of my lifestyle.  The fact that I can use a part of my life that I am so passionate about to help others is incredible.

I was introduced to the Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation when I first rode in the Tour for Kids in the summer of 2008.  I didn’t know anything about the cause or the event and that first summer it was all about survival, my own.  Over 800km in 4 days seemed like a long way to go.  Those 4 days opened my eyes and I realised that the Tour for Kids was so much more than a bike ride.  I had a totally different outlook when I arrived for the 2009 T4K.  This time around it was about giving back.  About doing something good for someone else, while, and I don’t deny it, having a really really good time.  The 5 man 30km “time trial”, in the pouring rain, chasing down our group after dealing with a mechanical is a highlight I soon won’t forget.  I have met so many amazing people through the Tour for Kids and the Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation who I am proud to call friends.

When the opportunity to participate in the Sears National Kids Cancer Ride presented itself I knew deep in my heart that it was something that I had to do.  Canada is an amazingly diverse country that I am proud to call home.  Canadians are known throughout the World as friendly and generous people.  I am truly honoured that I will get the opportunity to ride from one side of Canada to the other and connect with so many other Canadians along the way who share the same passions for cycling and helping children with their battle against and beyond cancer.

It is the cause that truly motivates me.  I had a relatively healthy childhood.  The worst that happened was the chicken pox when I was 8 and missing out on a family ski vacation due to a ruptured appendix when I was 17.  I certainly never had to contend with a disease like cancer.  It is time for me to give back to those who aren’t as fortunate as I am.  By participating in the Sears National Kids Cancer Ride I can begin to do my part to make the lives of children who are battling cancer better and arrive at “Destination Beyond Cancer”.  Please help me make that a reality.

"We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.”
Winston Churchill

“If you don't know where you are going, you'll end up someplace else.”
Yogi Berra