A WAC aquatics instructor since 2008, Yukie Reed started swimming at just three years old. Growing up in Osaka, Japan, her early love for water flowed into a lifelong aquatics career, starting with competitive swimming, swim lesson instruction, and lifeguarding. “When water exercise first became popular in Japan, I thought it was a great way for anyone to enjoy the water,” Yukie says. “So I started training and was one of the early aquatic fitness instructors in the country.” Since then, Yukie has worked as a swim and fitness instructor in Thailand, Taiwan, and, of course, at the WAC!
“The members who come to my class every week work hard and enjoy themselves,” she says. “They are a source of inspiration.” Yukie has also worked with patients in the therapy pool at Seattle Children’s Hospital. In her spare time, she donates to local food pantries, volunteers at Seattle Children’s food bank, and takes walks. “I love to walk—it gets me where I’m going, and I can enjoy the fresh air,” Yukie says.
As published in the July/August 2021 issue of WAC Magazine
–Posted July 1, 2021