Tampa Bay Native Springs into Action in the Olympics

Photo courtesy of chriscolwell.com

As you watch NBC’s coverage of the Olympics in London, keep your eye on a diver Chris Colwill. The Brandon native returns to the Summer Games, competing in the Men’s 3-Meter Springboard. The preliminary round is scheduled for Monday August 6, although when it airs is entirely left up to NBC.

We’re proud to celebrate the success of Colwill, even before he makes his first dive in London. 22 years after he first started diving at the Brandon Sports & Aquatic Center, he’s getting another chance to be in the international spotlight. We hope it pays off for him in a big way, and he brings a medal home to Tampa Bay.

Viewers of 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing may recall seeing Colwill in two events. He participated in the 3 meter springboard and the synchronized 3 meter with teammate Jevon Tarantino. He finished 12th solo and he and his teammate were one spot away from a medal in the synchro event.

What you may not know is this Olympian suffers from hearing loss. What may be perceived as a disability by many is viewed as an advantage for this 27 year-old. He’s explained in interviews that the hearing loss he was born with actually helps him avoid the distractions caused by crowd noise. It’s clearly working for him; he’s diving in front of the world’s largest crowd this summer.

Arry’s Roofing takes this time to celebrate homegrown talent like Chris Colwill to remind all of us where hard work and dedication to our chosen vocation can lead us. For Colwill, we hope it’s the joy of earning his first Olympic medal. For you, it could be something equally spectacular, even if your shining moment is not televised and broadcast around the world.