May 26, 2013

Coming home: Maine Olympians give back in the off-season

Seth Wescott and Julia Clukey are actively involved in efforts to guide the state's youth.

By Mike Lowe
Staff Writer

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Seth Wescott returns to Carrabassett Valley each off-season.

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Julia Clukey returns to her home in Augusta in the off-season. “Maine made me the kind of person I am as an athlete,” said Clukey.

John Patriquin / Staff Photographer

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That's exactly how Wescott and Clukey feel. They give back because they have received so much.

In return, they embrace Maine's calming lifestyle.

"Maine just has a special sense of home to me," said Wescott, who was born in North Carolina and moved to Maine when he was a fifth-grader. "I think, especially in the last seven years, having gone through all the experiences that I have had and having my life change a lot, the people here really treat you as they knew you before and kind of let you live a normal life."

Likewise, Clukey -- deep into her off-season training -- embraces the calm she finds when she returns to Augusta.

"Being in my own environment, where I'm most comfortable, and getting to hang around with my family and friends," she said, "it allows me to go into my next season a lot stronger."

Coming home allows them to see where they're needed. And, said Wescott, the places are still many.

"There are so many things going on in Maine that sometimes just need a push in the right direction to get past the tipping point," he said. "The more that I'm in the public eye, the more I get to meet people with public causes. And I want to help them."

Mike Lowe can be contacted at 791-6422 or at:

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