Aaron Peirsol set swim world record in Beiijing Summer Olympic Games 2008
U.S. swimmer wins gold medal in backstroke has Huntington Beach connection.U.S. swimmer wins gold medal in backstroke has Huntington Beach connection. There’s one family with more than a passing interest in the swimming action this week at the Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. Canadian natives and California residents Joe and Margaret (Burke) Morrison are the maternal grandparents of American multi-medallist swimmer Aaron Peirsol and the Morrisons are cheering on their 25-year-old grandson, who won gold in the men’s 100-metre backstroke, carving 0.35 seconds off his previous world record with a time of 52.54 seconds. Aaron won three gold medals in swimming events at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece, and a silver medal in the 100-metre backstroke as a 17-year-old at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia.
According to grandfather Joe, Aaron seems to live in the water, whether he’s swimming or surfing. His father was an excellent swimmer and Aaron was on his father’s back swimming out in the ocean. So he was in the water from the time he was born really. He was born to it.
Headed to Huntington Beach in 1952, the family relocated to southern California from Canada. Aaron lived with his grandparents until after he started school, when he moved with his family to a nearby community. He now calls Austin, Tx., home and is building a residence in Costa Rica where he plans to pursue his other passion — surfing — first ignited in Huntington Beach. Called ‘Surf City’, a lot of people come to Huntington Beach just for surfing. Aaron holds the world record in the 100-metre backstroke and shares the record in the 200-metre backstroke with fellow U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte.
Kids Klub at Bella Terra HB Mall offers weekly free shows for children in the amphitheater (courtyard) of the re-make mall.
Bella Terra Kids Klub is family fun for tots and moms, or dads, even! Get your little one out to the mall in the fresh air and outdoor seating venue for entertainment that’s lively and educational.
Every Monday (No Kids Klub Show on Sept. 1, in observance of Labor Day)
through Oct. 6, Time: 10:30 - 11:00 am
Singer Dan Crow
Celebrate Summer with one of the best singers for kids around!
Tim and Boris return to Bella Terra with a circus tent-full of fun!
Singer Ken Frawley
Rock out this summer with this audience participation sing-along show.
Magician Stoil Stoilov
One of our most popular shows - Stoil creates magic with help from our audience.
Next Kids Klub Show - Monday, Sept. 8th * 10:30 am
Call 714-897-2534, bellaterra-hb.com
If the sounds of cannons booming isn’t enough to rock you, then your summer of fun in Huntington Beach is going to get a lot more interesting come Labor Day 2008. For the finale to the summer of fun, the city of Huntington Beach will host several events that are sure to make your day, baby. Start your Labor Day morning with the Boardfest on the beach. Formely a girlie-girl event known as Hello Kitty Boardfest, this board bash has gone coed, its planners announced recently. Beauty and brawn collash on the snow banks and rails as trucked in snow sets the stage for a Mountain High winter to come. Concerts, giveaways, games, contests, and lots of activities for the tweens is on tap. If the beach doesn’t move you, head over to Central Park for the Civil War Days. Costumed re-enactors wander the grounds of a place transformed into encampments with a battlefield where the North and the South fight it out for claim to the USA. The weekend event features four battles, each with a different strategy, and each with canon fire. The planners suggest you leave the dogs at home because the thunderous roar can spook their favorite walking park. Where to take the pooches? If you can find parking on the busiest weekend of the year, head over to Dog Beach on PCH between Seapoint and Golden West Streets to let your best friend romp in the water and chase balls. Huntington Beach locals know the summer doesn’t end in August. The weather generally gets hotter before things really cool down a few months later.