Former Olympian Rick Say joins WDS

Wallace Driving

by Steve Wallace

February 25, 2014, VICTORIA, B.C. (ISN) – He was a champion swimmer, navigating the lanes in the pool. Now, Rick Say is focusing on teaching new drivers how to safely change lanes and navigate the streets and highways of the South Island.

Steve Wallace, CEO of Wallace Driving School, is proud to announce that Rick Say, a product of Salmon Arm who now proudly calls Victoria his home, has joined the Wallace Team and will be instructing safe driving techniques to teens, along with assisting seniors to maintain their driver’s licences.

Say represented Canada as an athlete in three recent Summer Olympic Games – 2000 in Sydney, 2004 in Athens, and 2008 in Beijing – and was an athlete mentor for 2010 Winter Games competitors. He swam collegiately at both the University of Calgary and University of Victoria, first moving to the Island in 1997, and set 24 national records. One of the records he may hold forever is being the only Canadian to win every freestyle event at a single nationals – 50m, 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m.

In addition, the recently-married Say competed in three Commonwealth Games, six World Championships, and captured 27 international medals, including finishing second by an eyelash to Michael Phelps in the 200m freestyle in the 2004 World Championships in Indianapolis. He is the most-decorated swimmer in Canadian history, serving as captain of the National Team from 2002 through 2009, when he retired from swimming.

“This is an exciting next step in my life, and a new career that brings with it new opportunities for my family,” said Say. “Driving skills are life-long skills, like swimming is a life-long skill – both can save your life.”

Say gives back to the community now as a swimming instructor, and is trained as an international level coach.

“We are very pleased to have Rick join us as a certified driving instructor, with his high level of coaching ability and experience,” said Wallace.

“He will be another great addition to our strong team that serves young drivers and teens in five communities in B.C. – the regions in and around Victoria, Duncan, Nanaimo, Port Alberni and Prince George. Rick brings a unique new aspect to Wallace Driving School, and we couldn’t be more excited to have him working with our students. This takes our business to another level.”

Wallace Driving School has 12 fully-equipped instruction cars on the roads, and boasts a high pass rate for ICBC driving examinations. Proven theory (classroom) and practical (road time) instruction practices are followed to provide students with a full-service driver education program.


Steve Wallace, 250-893-8750

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