Bakersfield teacher seeks world gaming records
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Carrie Swidecki remembers the first time she played 'Dance, Dance Revolution,' at her favorite donut shop.
"I didn't think anybody was watching me. I was 210 lbs, plus size 18-20 and I quickly died after 10 steps and a gentleman laughed and shouted "you suck,"" reflects Swidecki.
Refusing to remain defeated, Carrie decided to take action and began what is referred to as 'exergaming.'
The term is referred to video games that requires users to exercise.
After being laughed at, she decided to take action.
"I said, that's it. I am going to get good at this game, so I could take third place at a local tournament and show this gentleman that I can play and that I don't suck," Swidecki said.
After dropping 75 lbs. in her 15 year journey, she can be seen in multiple publications, and most impressively, the Guiness Book of World Records.
"At 38-years-old, I never imagined I'd be setting the world's standard with exergaming with 7 marathon world records and 101 high score world records that I set in 12 hours," said Swidecki.
The second grade teacher has taken exergaming to the classroom, offering the game during lunch and an afterschool program.
"It's the first physical education activity that I've seen where the whole class is engaged," she explained.
Beginning next weekend, she will once again attempt to dance her way into the record books.
"I will be attempting to set 3 world records at the same time by playing the video game 'Just Dance,' for 140 hours," explained Swidecki.
The current record is 135 hours.
When thinking back to the first day she attempted the game at her favorite donut shop, she wishes to think the gentleman who laughed at her, because without him, she wouldn't be where she is today.
Swidecki will begin her attempt on July 11, 2015 for the six day quest, with all proceeds benefiting the Children's Miracle Network.
She has also traveled the world educating others on the fight against childhood obesity.
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