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Swimmer David Simms just wants his jacket returned

Special swimmer David Simms wants his jacket, like this one, back after it was stolen Nov. 16 from Duncan
Special swimmer David Simms wants his jacket, like this one, back after it was stolen Nov. 16 from Duncan's Aquatic Centre.
— image credit: Elizabeth Caldwell

Have you seen provincial swimmer Dave Simms' jacket?

You can't miss it, but Simms does — his new jacket was stolen just six days after he bought it.

His high-visibility, yellow winter jacket — worth about $260, and with his name written inside — was swiped from the Cowichan Aquatic Centre's locker room Nov. 16, between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. while David was training with the swim team.

He and his family just want the jacket back.

It makes Simms visible while walking home after training for the B.C. Provincial Swim Team.

He will be representing the province in July in the Nationals at UBC.  He is also part of the Special Olympics.

The jacket also lets Simms' mom, Elizabeth Caldwell, know her son is safe.

"This theft was a real slap in the face to David.

"He works during the day then goes to the centre for workouts.

"He leaves the facility well after dark during the week, and then has a bit of a walk to get to his place.

"The jacket provided him warmth, and most of all, safety and, for me, peace of mind — I can't imagine why someone would do such a thing."

Caldwell can be reached at 250-743-4892.

 

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