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ISS4 2018

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and she and her team took the gold medal, the third time in a row for Guam. After the games, Gillan began her law enforcement career, first as an officer with the Guam Police Department, and later, as a probation officer. She enlisted in the Coast Guard Reserve last year, right around the same time she began trying out for the 2018 Micro Games. Last spring, a stint at ME A-school temporarily took her away from a rigorous training schedule, which was split between the court and CrossFit sessions. Gillan was excited to be back defending Guam's gold medal, this time as the co-captain of the team. She led and mentored the team, and on game days, stayed aggressive on offense. In the last game in the series, Gillan served the last four points securing the gold medal for Guam for a fourth time. Surprising no one, she was named the game's most valuable player. Todd Genereux, Spear fishing, Gold Medal Anywhere else in the world, a fisherman would be delighted to pull in four or five huge fish after a few hours' worth of fishing, but not Chief Genereux – the 2018 Micro Games spear fishing competition (max weight in six hours) would be fierce and memorable. Raised on Guam since he was three, Genereux experiences life through the lens of water. He started free diving as soon as he could swim and started spear fishing at 13. By 16, he owned his first boat, and he began trolling and bottom fishing. Later, as a boatman for the South Pacific Games, Genereux was blown away by the spear fishermen's techniques and how they netted huge amounts of heavy, tropical fish. "It's the most selective type of fishing; you choose exactly what fish you want," said Genereux, "but when I say 'choose,' I mean 'attempt to catch [fish]—on a single breath of air—in their environment, where you're not the top of the food chain.'" This style of fishing yields almost no waste, and some competitions have built in "bag limits" on species and locations to ensure environmental stewardship and prevent overfishing. After the South Pacific Games, Genereux joined the Coast Guard and reported to Station Apra Harbor. Now, after almost 15 years at the station (with about seven years of it on full-time active duty orders during personnel shortages), he's a qualified coxswain, engineer and boarding officer. There's not much the chief doesn't have a hand in at the station. "When I first started here, we had two 25[-foot boat]s, and our boat bay was a canopy," he said, laughing as he remembered that any time the wind went over 25 knots, they had to take down the canopy. As the station developed, Genereux helped build the structures that made it feel like home for the crew. "We worked on the kitchen, installed the washers and dryers and built fences. We had a great team of guys; now it's as good as any station back on the mainland." When his last set of active duty orders ended, the chief had more flexible work hours in several part-time ventures: as a boat captain, a real estate agent and the owner of a rental car company. He spoke with a Hawaiian accent, evocative of island life, when he joked, "They're all jobs where I don't have to be there." Chief Petty Officer Todd Genereux, right, and his teammates hold up their gold medals in spear fishing from the 2018 Micro Games. Photo courtesy of Chase Weir, Liquid Soul Industries Issue 4 • 2018 � RESERVIST 31

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