Danielle Kisser, Paralympic swim hopeful, builds backyard pool

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Canadian swimmer Danielle Kisser, like many these days, suddenly had plenty of free time.

“Since I’m not swimming, and I kind of need something to swim in, might as well build a swimming pool,” she said.

So Kisser, a Canadian national team member and Tokyo Paralympic hopeful, googled do-it-yourself swimming pool and got started at her Vancouver area home.

She documented the whole project on her YouTube channel.

It took her five days with the help of her father, brother, some pallets and plenty of iced coffee. The pool is one lane and just a few meters long, but Kisser can swim in place continuously in there with a belt system.

“I haven’t really swam for like a month, so my technique feels awful,” Kisser said. “So this will hopefully keep my fitness up. It’ll keep my feel for the water up because we don’t really know when this virus is going to go away, but we do know we’ve got goals to hit, dreams to achieve. Tokyo is in like 400 something days, so might as well start training now. We don’t have much time to waste.”

Kisser missed the 2012 and 2016 Paralympics and had “six years of setbacks” that hindered her swimming, according to the Delta (B.C.) Optimist, which profiled Kisser on Sunday.

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