FORK UNION, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Not every stroke is for every kid, except for seven-year-old Reed Williams, who loves them all because he just loves the sport.
"Swimming because that's the only one I do," Reed said about his favorite sport, "It's really fun, it challenges you quite a bit."
Reed's enthusiasm is hard to miss in the pool, where he turns from shy to a bolt of energy.
"Reed is just an amazing swimmer," FAST swim coach Brennan King said, "Last year he was a little bit quiet and now he's just opened up, its like a whole different kid just his personality. I've heard he's quiet, I would say otherwise."
But today is a far cry from even just two years ago for Reed and his family. When he was seven-months-old, part of Reed's left lung was removed due to a congenital lung defect that could have led to cancer if not removed.
"It was a really hard first year," Reed's mother Amy Williams said, "They promise you that there aren't lasting effects, but we saw that he was sick all the time as a child."
With a brother who swam the first thought was to get Reed into the pool, but nothing changed until the Williams' joined the Fluvanna Aquatic Sports Team (FAST).
"He challenged himself and he pushed himself and with that he got healthy," Amy said, "I think that he's been sick once a year compared to once a month."
So healthy coaches could not tell a difference. But the Williams say its because of the FAST coaches like Brennan that Reed has thrived in and out of the pool.
"He works with me on my dives, flip turns, breaststroke, butterfly and backstroke," Reed said.
"It means everything when he can just put everything that happened to him when he was littler, whether it's a disease or any kind of condition," King said, "When a kid can come here and swim their best, love it, have fun and just be a good teammate that means the world."