Mitchell (’13) was in the pool at 11 weeks old, second-oldest Mikhel (’14) was paddling around at nine weeks, Marya (’15) was splashing in pool water at five weeks and last, but not least, Martin, the youngest, was in Mount Allison’s pool just three short weeks after his birth.
It is little wonder that the Peters’ children swam before they walked, and followed in the watery wakes of their talented swimming parents, John (’95) and Lisa Peters.
John and Lisa began working in Sackville in 1989, Lisa as a nurse and John as a nationally certified coach — establishing the successful Sackville and Mount Allison swimming programs. More than 1,600 swimmers have gone through the town program, with many of them going on to become Mounties.
Though all the kids competed in many different sports over their school years, they especially excelled in swimming, track, and long-distance running, winning various provincial championship titles for cross-country successes and swimming performances.
In the water at 6 a.m. every day, John, his kids, and some 70 other swimmers would hit the decks, training over 3,500 hours a year in the Mount Allison pool. The four siblings have each broken many provincial records and have swam for several Canada Games teams. When they were old enough to go to university, their successes followed them there.
John, a former three-time ACAA cross-country and Swim New Brunswick coach of the year says, “When you coach your own kids, you get to see every proud moment over their careers. Some of mine were to see Mitch’s tryout in Mexico for the national Olympic team, and to see him honoured as a four-time University Athlete of the Year. Marya and Mikhel have come into their own as well, qualifying for nationals, winning conference all-star awards and gold medals at the university championships. Martin made the NB Canada Games team this year.”
This latest news means that all the Peters family members have swam in the Canada Games over the years.