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Recreation supervisor enjoys the great outdoors


Name: Terri Paddy

Job description: Supervisor of outdoor recreation for county Department of Recreation and Parks since 1994; with department 11 years. Program, which draws between 3,500 and 4,000 users annually, includes hiking, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, spelunking, nature and adventure camps, mountain biking and fishing. Came up with idea for portable skateboarding/in-line skating park the department uses.

Age: 34

Residence: Ellicott City

Personal information: Glen Burnie native who went to old Andover High School, has Towson University degree in physical education with concentration in sports management after two years at Western Maryland College, then recreation courses at Community College of Baltimore County - Catonsville, where the outdoors "bug" bit her. Into rock climbing, mountain biking, kayaking on flat water in spare time, "but I've gotten tired of sleeping on the ground. ... At some point, I'd like to do an adventure race, but it's hard to compete if you don't train." Has son, 9.

Best thing about her work: "Seeing the children, as well as adults, of course, enjoy our programs - not just enjoy them but seeing their confidence grow because of things such as being able to right a canoe that tips over or completing a rock climb they never thought they could do."

Biggest challenge in her work: "Risk management. It's important that we provide as safe an experience as we can, of course. But it's also important that we make people know that as hard as we try, the things that we do sometimes have an element of danger."

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