For many people, the dream of going to the Olympics in an official capacity is one that must survive a number of “ifs” and adjustments. It’s a dream that often requires a recognition that, sometimes, ‘next time’ is the best time.
For most people, the Olympic dream never comes true.
In the case of Chris Hindmarch-Watson, a former UVic Vikes swimmer and a live announcer for some of the biggest swimming events in the world, the 2016 Rio Olympics didn’t seem like they were in the cards. Despite being one of the best in his field and one of the most recognizable voices in swimming, he had set his eyes on next time.
“I had looked past it and more at Tokyo in 2020 as probably my first chance to be involved with an Olympics. It really is the pinnacle level for a sports announcer,” he told Vikes Communications in a pre-Olympics interview.
But as it turned out, Hindmarch-Watson didn’t have to wait until next time. While the world watches some of the best athletes in the world strive for gold during the final two days of pool events in Rio, those athletes will be listening to the former voice of the Vikes.
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