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Black Kids Swim Olympic Countdown – Jasmine, Eden & Rayven

[caption id="attachment_1781" align="alignleft" width="300"] Eden Smith (Left) and Jasmine Barry (Right)[/caption] Before Olympic Trials, swimmers work for years to develop their technique, build strength and drop times. Typically, young swimmers begin this journey in summer swim leagues and year round swim clubs. For the 5th day...

Black Kids Swim Olympic Countdown - Natalie Hinds

Black Kids Swim Olympic Countdown – Natalie Hinds

Natalie Hinds, from Midland, Texas, swims for the University of Florida Gators and is a multi-time All-American sprinter with over 15 All-America honors. She recently swam in the U.S. Olympic trials in 3 of her favorite events; 50 free, 100 free and the 100 butterfly....

Black Kids Swim Olympic Countdown - Natalie Hinds

Black Kids Swim Olympic Countdown – Cason Wilburn

[caption id="attachment_1769" align="alignleft" width="300"] Cason Wilburn and his father at the National Black Heritage Championship Swim meet in 2016. Cason was the high point earner in his age group.[/caption] The 2016 Olympics are already making history. This year three African Americans have earned spots on the...

Black Kids Swim Olympic Countdown - Reece Whitley

Black Kids Swim Olympic Countdown – Reece Whitley

[caption id="attachment_1305" align="alignleft" width="194"] Reece Whitley Sports Illustrated Kid of the Year[/caption] We are less than two weeks away from the swimming events of the 2016 Olympics in Rio. This year three African Americans have earned spots on the U.S. Olypmic swim team; and for the first...

Black Kids Swim Olympic Countdown - Justin Lynch

Black Kids Swim Olympic Countdown – Justin Lynch

We are less than two weeks away from the swimming events of the 2016 Olympics in Rio. This year three African Americans have earned spots on the U.S. Olypmic swim team; and for the first time in history there are two African American women on the...

2016 us olympic swim team

African Americans on the U.S. Olympic Swim Team

This year THREE African Americans made history by earning spots on the U.S. Olympic Swim Team. A team that is historically predominantly white - reflecting the sport of competitive swimming. [caption id="attachment_1748" align="alignright" width="185"] Lia Neal (Left) two-time Olympian. Simone Manuel (Right) first-time Olympian[/caption] Anthony Irvin, Simone Manuel,...

Shelby Wiggins: Stellar Swimmer and Student

Shelby Wiggins: Stellar Swimmer and Student

Meet Shelby Wiggins! Shelby is 13 years old and swims with the Walden Water Warriors in Henry County Georgia. Shelby competed in the Southern Crescent summer league championships for 5 years. She placed either 1st or 2nd each year in the backstroke. Shelby was honored as the Walden...

Roy Birch Black Kids SWim

Black Olympic Swimmer Roy Burch Speaks with Black Kids Swim

[caption id="attachment_1556" align="alignleft" width="304"] Roy Burch, Two-time Olympic swimmer for Bermuda[/caption] Roy Allan Burch is an elite swimmer from Bermuda. He holds Bermuda national titles in the 50m free, 50m butterfly, and 100m free in both long and short course events. He has also represented Bermuda in...

Alia Atkinson

Alia Atkinson Olympic bound

  Jamaican swimmer, Alia Atkinson, hopes to win the first medal in an Olympic swimming event for her country. She praises Usain Bolt as a mentor and leader in Jamaican sports. Full article by The New Paper here....

Maritza McClendon

Maritza McClendon on parents and service

Olympic Silver medalist Maritza McClendon reflects on the negative impacts of parental pressure on her swim career. She also discusses the community service partnership 'Swim 1922' which seeks to prevent drowning among minorities in the USA. Article by the Atlanta Journal Constitution here.  ...

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