William Tharpe Roberts
William Tharpe Roberts is a U.S. Military Veteran based out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Mr. Roberts worked as a Marine Science Technician and as a member of the U.S Coastguard for 13 years. William specialized in the areas of Pollution Response and Law Enforcement and received an Honorable Discharge. During his enlistment, William was responsible for activities including but certainly not limited to overseeing extensive marine projects as well as disaster response. Most notably, William was a member of the team sent to respond to the Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster in 2010, one of the largest marine oil spills in the history of the petroleum industry.
What is your hobby?
Being raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida meant that as a young boy I had always been surrounded and enamored by the beautiful blue abyss that is water. For this reason, one of my greatest passions is swimming. When the weather is not as cooperating, I’ll swim at a local public pool by my home, but when the Florida weather truly shines down on me, I love making my way to the beach and taking a quick jaunt in the ocean.
How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?
For as long as I can remember, the water has always been where I have felt most comfortable. Whether I was swimming, sailing, or simply dipping my feet in its magnificent blue shimmer. Growing up in a coastal city had a lot to do with my attraction to the ocean and many of my fondest memories are those of my family and I hanging out at the beach on a hot summer’s day. To me the water represents a beautiful combination of wonder, calm, and tranquility. That being said, I have an immense appreciation and respect for the strength and power of the ocean. I have seen it tear boats in half and shape the land on which we stand.
What is your favorite thing about your hobby?
I think my favorite part about swimming is the fact that I can have so much fun and so much freedom while also training my body and keeping my heart and mind sharp. Swimming is one of the most physically exhausting things, yet when you’re floating in the water your body feels almost weightless. The aches and the pains go away and it’s just you and the water.
How would you say your hobby has changed your life?
Well, what started as a hobby of swimming greatly influenced what I ended up spending 13 years of my life doing. As a Marine tech for the US coastguard I spent months at a time on the water saving lives and making a real difference for my country. My passion for the water lead to my drive and determination to preserve it and keep it safe.
Do you have any other hobbies?
I also love to go for bike rides. Physical activity like biking and swimming are great for your mental health and are the two main ways that I like to stay in shape.
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