I really enjoyed this May/December story centered around the theme of redemption, living a huge life with a chronic illness-diabetes, reaching for the stars and of course love. The story is a 4.5, Emotion 4.5, Sizzle 4.5
This is the story of Vince, a top-ranked diving coach who is washed up as the result of lies and the unsubstantiated and subsequently retracted claims impropriety by a narcissistic former student.
No longer coaching, Vince feels he has absolutely nothing to live for when he sees a young man diving with friends at a local pool! The young man, Austin, is a factory worker who loves jumping on his trampoline and diving in the pool. He has absolutely no expectations of more than winning a beer or two from his friends. Vince sees a potential Olympic diver.
Vince sees an opportunity to potentially reclaim his life as a diving coach which might now be possible but as he comes to know Austin his priorities shift to what might be best for Austin. Vince, as an Olympic level coach, is comfortable making the rules but he has never worked with anyone quite like Austin, who dives for the fun of it and prioritizes living life!
I really enjoyed this story and the perhaps unnamed series of sports-related stories of redemption.