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Representation Matters For Mental Health with Nadine Ford. Whether it’s a fictional character, family member, or someone in the spotlight we’ve never met- those of us who have been marginalized, excluded, or traumatized by society know just how much it means to simply see yourself in someone else.
Nadine Ford is a drowning prevention ambassador and swim instructor
Tell us a little about who you are and your journey. How did you first start your swimming journey and why did you decide to transition from individual swimmer to starting a US Masters Swim Club?
Starting the only black female-led US Master Swim Club, what do you find is the most common misconception or “myth” you work on dispelling?
How has your experience with swimming, throughout the years, aided your own mental health?
If we have time, how important was the US Olympic Committee’s reversal against the ban on caps for black hair?
Talk about the benefits of swimming for physical and mental health Let’s speak about why representation matters in everything that we do.
How important is it to your mental health, your confidence and self-value to feel included, seen, and represented in the spaces guy walking into on a daily basis (community, job/career, family, sports)