Category Archives: Friends

Swimming • Photo Restoration • 63 • Dusil

Diary • 13th March 1994

• Swimming took a big commitment, both physically and mentally. But I have no regrets; Fourteen hours  a week, ten month swimming season, cold water, lactic acid pain, endless push-ups, three day swim meets, pressure of finals, waiting hours for your next race, boring lengths, heart sinking 20x200m endurance practices, swallowing water, goggles filling with water, chlorine burning your eyes, swimmer’s ear, eye sockets hurting because the goggles are too tight, the thrill of winning, and the agony of losing – It was all worth it. It’s a sport only understood by those who experienced it. With commitment and sacrifice, came patience, discipline, endurance, and grit that is hard to explain to someone that has never done it before.

• Reflecting on those years of competition, I remember how hard we trained. To this day I can say I have never trained harder, and no sport since has matched the shape I was in during those seven years.

• Swimming

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Photo Restoration

85 - Burlington · Stelco News, Gabriel, Roman, Vlasta & Karol Dusil (BYAC, AAA Championship winners, BYAC swimming)
85 – Burlington · Stelco News, Gabriel, Roman, Vlasta & Karol Dusil (BYAC, AAA Championship winners, BYAC swimming)
85 - St. Catharines · Gabriel Dusil (BYAC, Brock University, swimming, fly)
85 – St. Catharines · Gabriel Dusil (BYAC, Brock University, swimming, fly)
82.Jul - Burlington · Roman, Gabriel Dusil & Cezar (flexing, restored)
82.Jul – Burlington · Roman, Gabriel Dusil & Cezar (flexing, restored)
87.Aug - Kamloops · Gabriel & Roman Dusil (snowball finger, restored)
87.Aug – Kamloops · Gabriel & Roman Dusil (snowball finger, restored)

Documentation

85.Feb.19 - Burlington · Post, Striking Gold, Making a Splash (BYAC swimming)
85.Feb.19 – Burlington · Post, Striking Gold, Making a Splash (BYAC swimming)
85.Feb.9 - Burlington · Post, Vlasta Dusil Leads Aquatic Club in Meets (BYAC swimming)
85.Feb.9 – Burlington · Post, Vlasta Dusil Leads Aquatic Club in Meets (BYAC swimming)
85.Feb - Burlington · Post, Vlasta Collects Medals (BYAC swimming)
85.Feb – Burlington · Post, Vlasta Collects Medals (BYAC swimming)
85.Feb - Burlington · Post, Dusil Family Dominates Meet (BYAC swimming)
85.Feb – Burlington · Post, Dusil Family Dominates Meet (BYAC swimming)
85.Apr - Burlington · Post, Dusil's Pool Their Efforts (BYAC swimming)
85.Apr – Burlington · Post, Dusil’s Pool Their Efforts (BYAC swimming)
84.Feb - Burlington · Post, Roman Paces BYAC at Swim Meet (BYAC swimming)
84.Feb – Burlington · Post, Roman Paces BYAC at Swim Meet (BYAC swimming)

 

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AAAA Championship, Bruce Law, Burlington Civic Award, Burlington Ontario, Burlington Y Aquatic Club, BYAC, competitive swimming, David Darling, David Murray, dusil.com, eurostartups.tech, Eva Dusil, Gabriel Dusil, gabrieldusil.com, Gareth Jones, Grant Reffell, Linda Weston, Meg Midghall, Michelle Prendergast, Morris Vaillancourt, Roman Dusil., Sandra Moore, Steve Babiak, Swimming, Tracey Colson, Vlasta Dusil, Wayne Kot, YMCA

Swimming • Photo Restoration • 62 • Dusil

Diary • 13th March 1994

• Friendships developed over the years, between my fellow team mates. Friendships which initially centered around competition. We had similar goals and a competitive spirit. The veterans were Wayne Kot, David Darling, Linda Weston, Tracey Colson, and Grant Reffell. I was young for that crowd, and they were closer in age to my cousin Roman. In my age group was Paul Babiak, Dave Murray and Bruce Law. Gareth Jones left after a few seasons to pursue cross country skiing. I remember him well because he was such a nice guy, and how hard he worked at each practice.

The duo of Wayne and Dave was a welcome refreshment in the club. At the time they were nearing the end of high school. They were truly hip, and fun to have around. Being two divisions higher in age and maturity meant that I looked up to them as positive infuence. They introduced the Daveski and Waynski nicknames for themselves. That spawned Paulski, Daveski, Romski, and Gabski. Nicknames that still hold today, with my cousin.

• Morris once told us, “Never lose to someone by hundredths of a second. If you’re in a close race then make sure you win.”  At a Western Regional Championship meet at Nepean, Ottawa, Canada I was in the 100m freestyle final. The leader was way ahead of us, but I was fighting for second place with a guy right next to me. As we swam to the finish I spearheaded my hand into the board. When I looked up at the clock I saw that I beat him by 1/100th of a second. That was a defining moment, and was proud of that I could action the words of my coach. I won silver, but  winning that battle was more valuable to me. In swimming it’s said that 1/100th of a second is the length of a finger nail. As much as my middle finger hurt, I made the finish count, when it was necessary.

• Swimming

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Documentation

84.Apr.25 - Burlington · Post, BYAC Dominates Aqua Seven Meet (BYAC swimming)
84.Apr.25 – Burlington · Post, BYAC Dominates Aqua Seven Meet (BYAC swimming)
84.Apr.25 - Burlington · Post, 28 Firsts at Dual Meet in Stratford (BYAC swimming)
84.Apr.25 – Burlington · Post, 28 Firsts at Dual Meet in Stratford (BYAC swimming)
84.Apr - Burlington · Stelco News, Super Swimmers (BYAC swimming)
84.Apr – Burlington · Stelco News, Super Swimmers (BYAC swimming)
83.May.11 - Burlington · Post, Ontario AAA Swimming Championships (BYAC swimming)
83.May.11 – Burlington · Post, Ontario AAA Swimming Championships (BYAC swimming)
83.Jul.22 - Burlington · Post, Swimming Victory Not A New Thing to Canucks (BYAC swimming)
83.Jul.22 – Burlington · Post, Swimming Victory Not A New Thing to Canucks (BYAC swimming)
83.Feb.13 - Burlington · Post, Dusil Takes Four Golds at CASA Meet (BYAC swimming)
83.Feb.13 – Burlington · Post, Dusil Takes Four Golds at CASA Meet (BYAC swimming)
83.Apr.22 - Burlington · Post, Dusil & Refell Go For Gold and Boys Team Takes Silver (BYAC swimming)
83.Apr.22 – Burlington · Post, Dusil & Refell Go For Gold and Boys Team Takes Silver (BYAC swimming)
83.Apr.22 - Burlington · Gazette, Dusil's Lead Y Club at Nepean Swim Meet (BYAC swimming)
83.Apr.22 – Burlington · Gazette, Dusil’s Lead Y Club at Nepean Swim Meet (BYAC swimming)
83.Apr.10 - Burlington · Post, Swimmers Impressive (BYAC swimming)
83.Apr.10 – Burlington · Post, Swimmers Impressive (BYAC swimming)

Photo Restoration

83.Apr - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (swimming medals, BYAC swimming)
83.Apr – Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (swimming medals, BYAC swimming)

Tags

AAAA Championship, Bruce Law, Burlington Civic Award, Burlington Ontario, Burlington Y Aquatic Club, BYAC, competitive swimming, Dave Darling, David Darling, David Murray, dusil.com, Eric Coulson, Eric Finstad, eurostartups.tech, Eva Dusil, Gabriel Dusil, gabrieldusil.com, Gareth Jones, Grant Reffell, Linda Weston, Mark Hopkins, Meg Midghall, Michelle Prendergast, Morris Vaillancourt, Roman Dusil., Sandra Moore, Sean Simms, Steve Babiak, Steve Belham, Swimming, Tracey Colson, Wayne Kot, YMCA

 

Swimming • Photo Restoration • 60 • Dusil

Diary • 13th March 1994

• My swimming career began at eleven, introduced to me by my Mom. Taci wasn’t interested in the sport so he didn’t pay much attention to my development. His hopes were in judo and soccer, but that didn’t work out so well. At the time, this was more obvious to Taci than myself. Regardless, my Mom encouraged me. She drove me to practice and attended swim meets. That support isn’t so evident until you look back at the effort required from parents. I still remember my first swim practice. I walked in with Sean Simms, Eric Finstad, and Gareth Jones. They asked me how well I can swim. Unaware of what lay ahead of me, I said that I was a good swimmer. But my first mistake was showing up with no goggles. Within five minutes my eyes were burning from the chlorine, and I was shuffled down to the last lane, with the novices. It was a reality check, and a bump to my ego, but I stuck with it and eventually learned the concept of lanes, direction, and swimming etiquette. I moved to the senior lanes after half a year. Roman joined a few months after me. He was a born breaststroker, thanks to his father, and didn’t have to start from the ground-up, like me. As the months followed, Vlasta, Soňa, and Alica gave it a try as well. Only Vlasta made a teen-career out of the sport.

• Moving to the senior team didn’t just mean moving up the lanes. It meant meeting Morris Vallencourt, the head coach. He was not much of a family man, as the parents would say, but as a coach he was awesome. He taught us discipline, organisation, leadership, passion, concentration, patience, work ethic, dealing with pain, winning and learning from our losses. His resume consisted of coaching the famous Hamilton swim team and several swimmers to national class. He was a mentor in my eyes. On the flip side, many parents had a strong disliking to him. The truth is Morris was not interested in satisfying parental agendas. He only cared about the swimmers. Besides, the political conflicts between the parents and Morris were uninteresting to me. When parents wanted their kids to swim backstroke Morris insisted on freestyle. When a swimmer complained of menstrual cramps Morris said, “Swim it off”. When a swimmer had a bleeding nose, Morris said, “Swim it off”. From my vantage point politics consisted of Morris’s salary and parental meddling into what they felt was best for their kid. Most of the swim team was behind Morris. Looking back, he was truly an wicked coach.

• Swimming

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Photo Restoration

81.Apr.1 - Kitchener - Morris Vaillancourt (BYAC coach, BYAC swimming, restored)
81.Apr.1 – Kitchener – Morris Vaillancourt (BYAC coach, BYAC swimming, restored)
81.Apr.4 - Burlington · Post, Bruce Law, Steve Babiak, David Murray, Gareth Jones, Eric Coulson, Gabriel & Roman Dusil, Grant Reffell (BYAC, AAAA Championship winners, restored)
81.Apr.4 – Burlington · Post, Bruce Law, Steve Babiak, David Murray, Gareth Jones, Eric Coulson, Gabriel & Roman Dusil, Grant Reffell (BYAC, AAAA Championship winners, restored)
81.Sep - Burlington · Paul Babiak, Gareth Jones, Gabriel Dusil, Grant Reffell, Eric Coulson, David Murray, Bruce Law, Roman Dusil (BYAC swimming, Civic Award, restored)
81.Sep – Burlington · Paul Babiak, Gareth Jones, Gabriel Dusil, Grant Reffell, Eric Coulson, David Murray, Bruce Law, Roman Dusil (BYAC swimming, Civic Award, restored)
81.Jan - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (swimming medals, BYAC swimming, restored)
81.Jan – Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (swimming medals, BYAC swimming, restored)
81.Apr.4 - Burlington · Post, Y Aquatic Swimmers Mine Gold in Guelph (BYAC swimming)
81.Apr.4 – Burlington · Post, Y Aquatic Swimmers Mine Gold in Guelph (BYAC swimming)
81.Mar.8 - Burlington · Post, Dusil's Lead BYAC (BYAC swimming)
81.Mar.8 – Burlington · Post, Dusil’s Lead BYAC (BYAC swimming)
81.Mar.8 - Burlington · Post, Dusil Brothers Collect 7 Gold (BYAC swimming)
81.Mar.8 – Burlington · Post, Dusil Brothers Collect 7 Gold (BYAC swimming)
81.Jan.10 - Burlington · Post, Dusil and Reffell Win Twice (BYAC swimming)
81.Jan.10 – Burlington · Post, Dusil and Reffell Win Twice (BYAC swimming)
81.Apr.11 - Burlington · Post, Dusil Stars as Y Boys Defeat Welland (BYAC swimming)
81.Apr.11 – Burlington · Post, Dusil Stars as Y Boys Defeat Welland (BYAC swimming)
81.Apr.11 - Burlington · Post, Dusil Paces BYAC at Y Seven Swim Meet (BYAC swimming)
81.Apr.11 – Burlington · Post, Dusil Paces BYAC at Y Seven Swim Meet (BYAC swimming)

Tags

AAAA Championship, Bruce Law, Burlington Civic Award, Burlington Ontario, Burlington Y Aquatic Club, BYAC, competitive swimming, David Darling, David Murray, dusil.com, Eric Coulson, Eric Finstad, eurostartups.tech, Eva Dusil, Gabriel Dusil, gabrieldusil.com, Gareth Jones, Grant Reffell, Linda Weston, Morris Vaillancourt, Roman Dusil., Sean Simms, Steve Babiak, Swimming, Tracey Colson, Vaclav Dusil, Vašek Dusil, Wayne Kot, YMCA

Friends • Photo Restoration • 55 • Gabičko • Bullies

• In elementary school, I wasn’t overly bothered by the physical nature of bullying. What really got under my skin was the hatred in their eyes. Ally Kennelfry*, Jell Ruleimi*, and their leader, Jean Hopenix* – this trio were Holy Rosary’s mean girls in my day.  I still remember seeing the disgust in their eyes when I would catch their stare. Following their lead was the class alpha-male, Canon Sooner*. What shocked me the most was when I bumped into them individually – they would be nice all of a sudden. But as soon as they were together their nastiness came out like fireworks. On a few occasions I witnessed how herd behavior manifests itself, when kids turn from observers to participants. The students would feed off of collective hysteria and find themselves as fellow bullies. Thankfully, by the seventh and eighth grade new kids joined our class. As they became new targets, the bullies attention diverted away from me. Maybe puberty had a part to play, as well.

• I had to deal with a lot of anger issues from the many years I spent in that war zone. I had built up many layers of defense, The problem is that the bullied often becomes the bully. I first realized this when my cousin Roman pulled me aside after swim practice one day. I had joined the Burlington YMCA swim team when I was eleven years old. Roman started six months later. He said that the other kids didn’t like me because I was being mean to them. I was shocked to hear that, and it became a turning point in my behavior. I started to be nicer to everyone on the swim team, realizing that I needed to segment my behavior from school.

• Being bullied either makes you stronger, or it can break you down. I often look back at those years and feel that I kept my sanity because I had three sets of friends: Those on the swim team, my Czechoslovakian friends, and then there were the school kids. Since I was only hated at school, I managed to rationalized that the problem wasn’t in me.

• When I watch movies with an antagonist, I often wonder if real life bullies identify with the villain, or with the hero. I have always identified with the hero, even if I have played both sides at different stages in my life.

*Names have been modified to protect the guilty.

• Digital Photo Restoration

 6 minutes 8 seconds

94 - Prague · Gabriel Dusil (Rocc Computers)94 – Prague · Gabriel Dusil (Rocc Computers)

93.Nov - Prague · Gabriel Dusil (empty beer)
93.Nov – Prague · Gabriel Dusil (empty beer)

 

93.Nov - Prague · Gabriel Dusil (cigar & beer)
93.Nov – Prague · Gabriel Dusil (cigar & beer)

 

94.Jun - Prague · Gabriel Dusil
94.Jun – Prague · Gabriel Dusil
95 - Prague · Gabriel Dusil
95 – Prague · Gabriel Dusil
96 - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (sleeping)
96 – Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (sleeping)
97.Aug - Prague · Gabriel Dusil
97.Aug – Prague · Gabriel Dusil
99.Oct - Antigua · Gabriel Dusil (beach)
99.Oct – Antigua · Gabriel Dusil (beach)
99.Sep.25 - Prague · Gabriel Dusil (wedding reception)
99.Sep.25 – Prague · Gabriel Dusil (wedding reception)
99.Sep.25 - Prague · Gabriel Dusil (wedding, getting ready)
99.Sep.25 – Prague · Gabriel Dusil (wedding, getting ready)

 

Education • Photo Restoration • 51 • Gabičko • High School

• Physics was my passion as far back as high school. It’s thanks to Mr. V. Cantlon, my grade 13 physics teacher from Aldershot Secondary School.  He was also my favorite teacher from middle school.  The subject wasn’t particularly my strong point, but I felt I enjoyed the subject enough to pursue it into my undergraduate studies.

• My other favorite teacher was Mrs. L. Tessler, my ninth and eleventh grade English teacher, giving me the passion to express myself in words. Mrs. Tessler had the most wickedly teaching voice. It hypnotized me every time I listened to her, going as far as falling in love with her voice. I always wanted to impress her with my writing skills. But I could never seem to exceed an 80% grade on my essays. It wasn’t until I read the words of a 90% English student that I realized what it takes to get to the next level.

• Gabičko

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• Digital Photo Restoration

 5 minutes 56 seconds

86 - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil, Tim Steele & Doug Little (Aldershot High School, lockers)
86 – Burlington · Gabriel Dusil, Tim Steele & Doug Little (Aldershot High School, lockers)
86 - Burlington · Tim Steele, Gabriel Dusil & Doug Little (Aldershot High School, lockers)
86 – Burlington · Tim Steele, Gabriel Dusil & Doug Little (Aldershot High School, lockers)
87.Jun - Burlington · Mr. Cantlon, Eva & Gabriel Dusil (high school graduation)
87.Jun – Burlington · Mr. Cantlon, Eva & Gabriel Dusil (high school graduation)
87.Jun.11 - Burlington · David Forsyth, Gerry Galea, Drew Schemmer, Doug Little & Gabriel Dusil (high school prom)
87.Jun.11 – Burlington · David Forsyth, Gerry Galea, Drew Schemmer, Doug Little & Gabriel Dusil (high school prom)
87.Jun.11 - Burlington · Doug Little, Gerry Galea, Drew Schemmer, Gabriel Dusil & David Forsyth (high school prom)
87.Jun.11 – Burlington · Doug Little, Gerry Galea, Drew Schemmer, Gabriel Dusil & David Forsyth (high school prom)
87.Jun.11 - Burlington · Blake Paterson & Gabriel Dusil (high school prom)
87.Jun.11 – Burlington · Blake Paterson & Gabriel Dusil (high school prom)
97.Dec - Burlington · Geoff Baxter, Gabriel Dusil, Ian Hawkins, Doug Little & Drew Schemmer (christmas party at Drew's, 1)
97.Dec – Burlington · Geoff Baxter, Gabriel Dusil, Ian Hawkins, Doug Little & Drew Schemmer (christmas party at Drew’s, 1)
97.Dec - Burlington · Geoff Baxter, Gabriel Dusil, Ian Hawkins, Doug Little & Drew Schemmer (christmas party at Drew's, 2)
97.Dec – Burlington · Geoff Baxter, Gabriel Dusil, Ian Hawkins, Doug Little & Drew Schemmer (christmas party at Drew’s, 2)
99.Sep.22 - Prague · Doug Little, Geoff Baxter & Drew Schemmer (stag)
99.Sep.22 – Prague · Doug Little, Geoff Baxter & Drew Schemmer (stag)
99.Sep.25 - Prague · Doug Little, Geoff Baxter & Drew Schemmer (wedding, best men)
99.Sep.25 – Prague · Doug Little, Geoff Baxter & Drew Schemmer (wedding, best men)

86 - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil, Tim Steele & Doug Little (Aldershot High School, lockers, premiere pro)

Family • Photo Restoration • 18 • Gabičko • Mentors

• We always want our children to be better than us. Some may interpret that to mean success through wealth, fame, or power. But it’s beyond that. I want my boys to be stronger than me. Emotionally, physically, and socially. I want them to survive in this world beyond what I could possibly achieve. I want them to make an impact on their world better than what I achieved. I want to give my boys what my father didn’t – to be their mentor.

• Even with emotional clarity, I always felt limited in my ability to reach the top tiers of success. I revered those that had mentors throughout their lives. I observed how a select few attributed their achievements to a mentor. I never had someone that would sit with me and assess my life and provide continual and persistent guidance. The only times I would be approached directly by a family member was when I was in crisis, or when I had done something horribly wrong. Those times I had been lectured and disciplined. The closest I had to a mentor in those years was my coach, Morris Vaillancourt*, and my girlfriend’s father, Conrad Brown. I respected them immensely – always listening to their words of wisdom, and lessons from life. They were mentors by example and in how they viewed life.

* Morris Vaillancourt, was the coach of the Burlington YMCA Swim Club. He is also a National Coach, Level I and II Clinic Conductor. In 1973 Morris was the Canada Games Coach and also held the position of Chairman of the Ontario Swimming Coaches Association. He has trained over 100 Provincial and National record holders.

• Gabičko

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• Digital Photo Restoration

 5 minutes 17 seconds

02.Apr - Woking · Matias Dusil (bathtub)
02.Apr – Woking · Matias Dusil (bathtub)
02.Apr.17 - Chertsey · Gabriel & Matias Dusil (St. Peters Hospital)
02.Apr.17 – Chertsey · Gabriel & Matias Dusil (St. Peters Hospital)
02.Aug - Woking · Matias & Gabriel Dusil (pulling hair)
02.Aug – Woking · Matias & Gabriel Dusil (pulling hair)
02.Aug - Woking · Matias & Gabriel Dusil (Richmond Gardens, shoulder)
02.Aug – Woking · Matias & Gabriel Dusil (Richmond Gardens, shoulder)
05.Jul - Villamartin · Gabriel & Lucas Dusil (kiss)
05.Jul – Villamartin · Gabriel & Lucas Dusil (kiss)
05.Oct - Woking · Lucas Dusil (living room)
05.Oct – Woking · Lucas Dusil (living room)
05.Oct - Woking · Lucas & Matias Dusil (brothers)
05.Oct – Woking · Lucas & Matias Dusil (brothers)
06.Dec - Woking · Lucas & Matias Dusil (penguin)
06.Dec – Woking · Lucas & Matias Dusil (penguin)
06.Jul - Albisano · Matias & Lucas Dusil (park walk)
06.Jul – Albisano · Matias & Lucas Dusil (park walk)
06.Dec - Woking · Matias, Gabriel & Lucas Dusil (Ivylea rock garden)
06.Dec – Woking · Matias, Gabriel & Lucas Dusil (Ivylea rock garden)

02.Apr - Woking · Matias Dusil (bathtub, premiere pro)