Decorated Olympian helps out swimmers

Decorated Olympian helps out swimmers »Play Video
Twelve-time Olympic medalist Dara Torres hosted a clinic in Boise along with AquAbility, a non-profit organization.

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - Since 2010, AquAbility has been helping out Idahoans through swimming.

"We have adaptive swimming programs for children, adults and veterans with disabilities," said AquAbility director Karen Morrison.

To help raise awareness, the organization brought in one of its honorary board members for a clinic in Boise.

Twelve-time Olympic medalist Dara Torres.

"Swimming has been such a big part of my life and to be able to give back in any capacity that I can is very rewarding," Torres said.

Along with the awareness, clinics like these can help AquAbility stay afloat.

"Proceeds go towards renting pool time, life guards, supplies, instructor fees and all those nameless items that a non-profit needs to do to stay in business," Morrison said.

Torres is not from Idaho but she does have ties to the state.

"I've been going to Sun Valley almost my whole life but I've never been to Boise except now and I just cannot believe how beautiful it is here and just a great town," Torres said.

Her name recognition and achievements bring people in, but Torres doesn't like to look back at her past.

"I really don't think about my experiences in the Olympic games unless people ask me," Torres said. "I'm one of those people that looks forward."

Now that Torres has retired from competitive swimming, she says her focus is on being a mom.