Alexis Edall, nine, was recognized for saving a young toddler’s life by YMCA senior aquatic manager Randall Wight, Wednesday at the H2O Adventure + Fitness Centre. - Credit: Carli Berry/ Capital News

Nine-year-old swimmer recognized for life-saving feat

Alexis Edall saved a toddler from drowning in Kelowna earlier this month

It’s not easy to make the snap decision to save someone’s life.

But for nine-year-old Alexis Edall, she didn’t think twice.

She didn’t hesitate when she saw a toddler had fallen in a backyard pool and dove in to save her.

On Wednesday, July 26, she received an award of recognition for using the skills she recently learned in the YMCA spring break aquatic seal camp to save the toddler’s life.

“When I was six years old, I just wanted to get better at swimming,” she said, when asked why she decided to start swimming lessons. “I’m good at swimming but I can always get better.”

Her favourite position is the front stroke and she keeps the idea of becoming a lifeguard in the back of her mind.

“It’s not often you hear about children saving other children, which is what makes Alexis so special,” said Robyn MacNeill aquatic manager for YMCA Central Okanagan.

Teaching kids how to swim is important, especially at a young age.

“We’re here in the Okanagan and we’re surrounded by water everywhere we go,” said MacNeill. “Kids are exposed to the water all the time so it’s important that they’re able to save themselves and others.”

Free swimming lessons are provided to all Grade 3 and 4 students in School District #23.

“They come for three weeks for an hour each week and learn live-saving skills so through this program we can drown proof the Okanagan,” said MacNeill.

The program has been running for five years.

Just Posted

UPDATED: Man dies after struck by vehicle

A man died after being hit by a vehicle in West Kelowna

Your weekend story highlights

Each weekend, we choose top stories from the week for you to enjoy

Chinese pioneers honoured

A sign was unveiled in City Park Saturday to honour the Chinese contributions to Kelowna

Search at Silver Creek property enters third day

A portion of the property has been cordoned off with black landscaping fabric

Corn maze owner deters vandals with cameras

The Kelowna Corn Maze now cameras installed on the property

VIDEO: Sears liquidation sales continue across B.C.

Sales are expected to continue into the New Year

Vehicle leaves scene after striking lamp post

After hitting a lamp post on Springfield Road, a vehicle has left the scene

New B.C. acute care centre opens for young patients, expectant mothers

Facility aims to make B.C. Children’s Hospital visits more comfortable

Search ramps up for B.C. woman after dog, car found near Ashcroft

Jenny Lynn Larocque’s vehicle and dog were found in Venables Valley, but there is no sign of her

Raven story shines light at Children’s Showcase

Season opener of the Children’s Showcase in Penticton

Okanagan Taste: Snacks and what to pair with them

Your guide to for the go-to snacks and beverage pairings for sports season

Police officer hit by car, stabbed in Edmonton attack back on job

Const. Mike Chernyk, 48, returned to work Thursday

UBC medical students learn to care for Indigenous people

Students in health-related studies to take course, workshop to help better serve Aboriginal people

Tolko pledges to support women in leadership roles

Vernon - Brad Thorlakson, CEO of Tolko Industries, added his name to the Minerva Diversity Pledge

Most Read