ATHLETE PROFILE : Michael Power, Swimming
Swimming comes naturally to Michael Power, and would you believe that his love for swimming has all but cured his long history of living with asthma?
After beginning to swim during high school competitively at the Junior & Senior national level (1985-1990), he carried on and was a NAIA & NCAA division 3 All-American in college (1987-1991). Not stopping there, Michael has been a US Master's national relay champion and is currently ranked in the top 10 nationally in the 100 meter free, 50 meter free and 50 meter butterfly in the 45-59 age group.
Competing in the World Police and Fire Games in Quebec (2005), he set records in the Senior B division (100 meter free & 50 meter fly) and three more records in the Master A division in Vancouver (2009) during the 100 meter free & 50 meter free, 400 medley relay.
Born in Toronto, Canada, Michael moved to California as a young child. He always dreamed of being a professional skateboarder, and during high school even entertained a goal to work for National Geographic! After college, he began swim coaching, where he met a retired Los Angeles Police Department officer who told Michael he would be great in law enforcement!
After serving as a Harbor Patrol Officer for Santa Monica for three years, Michael then took a position as a deputy sheriff in Santa Barbara County. After 9 years with the Sheriff's Department, he shifted gears and now works with the University of CA as a police officer currently holding the rank of Corporal.
One of Michael's favorite memories from his past WPFG games comes from his time in Vancouver. He says:
"I'd just won a gold medal and set a record in the 100 meter free. I was wearing my medal while walking back to our room at UBC when members of the Taiwanese Police volleyball team saw I won gold. They ran over to congratulate me. We ended up trading a bunch of swag. They were so friendly and excited that I got a gold medal."
Michael is looking forward to winning gold, setting records in his main events and reconnecting with friends from other agencies. Swim, Michael, SWIM!