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Diving community comes together for Bailey Wind

Dive-athon raises money to cover Shaker student's medical costs

Shaker senior Bailey Wind watches the action at a dive-athon organized in her honor Sunday at RPI. Wind was one of two teens injured in a Dec. 1 accident on the Northway, which also claimed the lives of Shenendehowa student-athletes Chris Stewart and Deanna Rivers. Wind dove for Shaker in the fall and has a scholarship to the University of Tennessee.

Shaker senior Bailey Wind watches the action at a dive-athon organized in her honor Sunday at RPI. Wind was one of two teens injured in a Dec. 1 accident on the Northway, which also claimed the lives of Shenendehowa student-athletes Chris Stewart and Deanna Rivers. Wind dove for Shaker in the fall and has a scholarship to the University of Tennessee. Photo by Rob Jonas.

— Slavin said she wasn’t surprised to see the turnout for the dive-athon.

“One of the great things about the diving community is even though they compete against each other at things like Sectionals, they come together and cheer for each other through Flip and Rip,” said Slavin.

Wind spent much of her time at the dive-athon on her feet saying hello to friends and giving each of them a smile and a hug — something her family didn’t think was possible two weeks earlier.

“We’d never imagined it in the (emergency room) that night that she’d be up and about in about a week,” said Bob Wind.

Moran said she was also surprised at how well Wind was doing.

“When I heard that she was walking around and was going to be here in person, I just cried,” said Moran. “I thought she’d never dive again. I’m just so happy that she’s here.”

However, Wind admitted she missed being on the diving board herself.

“I miss it a lot just by watching them dive,” said Wind. “I just want to get back on the board.”

Wind said that day will come. The University of Tennessee-bound senior has been informed by her doctor she will make a full recovery.

“I’m going to take it slow at first and see what happens,” said Wind. “I’m just thankful that Tennessee is still willing to let me dive for them.”

And everyone who knows Bailey Wind is thankful she is still around and doing well.

“We can fix everything. That’s how we’re looking at it,” said Bob Wind.

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