The Lady in the Water
Sue truly loved all things swimming, and cared deeply for her students and community. Words cannot express how proud I am of Sue. I have personally never seen her level of selflessness and commitment. She was a one of a kind treasure I will never forget.
- Sue's Husband
It is with great sadness that Coach Gunther and I must report that Coach Sue Acampora passed away last Friday. Better known as The Lady in the Water, Coach Sue was everything to enfinity aquatic club and Winston Salem/Kernersville swimming. Over the past 20 years, the number of swimmers Coach Sue taught was unparalleled in our community. There wasn’t any aspect of the sport that Coach Sue didn’t play a part in.
Enfinity swim first started as a USA Masters swim program. Coach Sue both coached and guarded our masters practices when we started at Wake Forest University (2011). A regular at Friday morning team breakfast, Coach Sue was always reliving past masters meet experiences and planning the next swim meet road trip. One of her highlights was traveling to US Masters Nationals to coach Bev Amick (2014). Bev went on to win the 100fly and she (Bev) thought that Sue was more excited about the results than she was.
As a high school coach, Sue played an essential role in building the Parkland High School program (2011-2022) and was Conference Coach of the Year in 2018. During her run as the Parkland Coach, she took all 18 of her swimmers to Regionals in 2018 (10 of them went on to HS States). If you ever wanted to hang out in a Parking lot for an extended period, you would have stopped Coach Sue and asked her how the Parkland swim team was coming along. 😊
As a swim school instructor, Sue spent countless hours working with children. Sue worked as both a guard and a swim instructor at: WGW YMCA (Squid Squad and established a Synchronized Swim Team), YWCA (Gateway Prep Team), Long Creek, Westwood Swim and Tennis Club, First Christian Church and enfinity aquatic club. At enfinity, Sue truly was the mother of our Aqua Farm program. In short, if you learned to swim in Winston or Kernersville over the last 10 years, there was a very good chance you were in the water with Coach Sue at some point.
When Winston Salem fell short of having anyone lead the diving program for the local high schools, Sue stepped up for any high school that needed her! On her resume, it is simply labeled that she was the Forsyth County Dive Coach, 2017-2019. It wasn’t uncommon for divers from various programs (RJR, Mount Tabor, etc..) lining up at Winston Salem State University to dive with Sue.
Most recently, Sue was the lead guard, water fitness instructor and head of swim lessons for First Christian Church. As sad as we are to lose Sue, Coach Gunther is happy to report that she spent her last days with us doing what she loved. Sue was all things that she could be to the community last Friday. She spent her day guarding, teaching water aerobics, and giving swim lessons. I don’t have the ability to fully relay the importance that Sue was to our community and my life. In short, if there was no Sue there would be no Enfinity Aquatic Club. In the earliest days of our program, I wouldn’t have been able to take a single day off without her covering a practice. And she would ALWAYS cover a practice. All we can do now is continue to teach children to swim and make our community a safer and more confident place.
Enfinity Aquatic Club has been working over the past 2 years to develop the Triad Amateur Swim Association (TASA). TASA is the non-profit vehicle that is going to sponsor swim lessons for children who couldn’t otherwise afford to do so. In Sue's honor, Enfinity will be donating $2,000 every February 11th every year to mark Sue’s last day coaching swim lessons. We will be releasing the new site (March 2022) with a page dedicated to Coach. Along with this we will be putting up a plaque at the First Christian Church to honor The Lady in the Water, so that everyone who comes to swim can learn about the dedication and love Sue brought to our sport.