Mike Wahl

Health and Wellness

Paula Kelly, Champion Swimmer and Registered Nurse
St. John's

Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are known for overcoming adversity, and for Paula Kelly that meant shifting her career into a whole new lane. In 1980 at the age of 15, Paula was set to become the first swimmer from Newfoundland to represent Canada at the Olympics – until the Canadians boycotted the games and she didn’t get to compete. But Paula didn’t despair – she jumped from the pool to the maternity ward, becoming a Registered Nurse and later a nursing lecturer at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She may have missed the Olympic pool, but things have nonetheless gone swimmingly for Paula Kelly. (Besides, some of her old swimming records have yet to be broken.)