If you are not a member of Oaklands Swim Team - The Slugs, please make plans to join us for the 2013 season. It is shaping up to be an exciting summer.
We are getting ready to send off one of the largest groups of long time dedicated Slugs in our history. Please join us in thanking these amazing young people for everything they have done for Oaklands and our swim team over the past 14+ years:
We are also excited to announce a new head coach for the 2013 season.
Adam Braun - a familiar face in the Suburban Swim League for the past several years - has become a Slug! You may recognize Adam as a former assistant coach of the Western Y Wahoos. Check out his bio in the "Meet the 2013 Staff" section of the website. Adam is excited to be joining us and to be working with our great swimmers and families this season.
There are so many reasons to join the Slugs!
There is a real sense of community within this group. Many of the kids become each other's best friends. There is great support for all swimmers, whether just starting out or leading their events or age groups. The same can be said for the team of parents who volunteer as timers, judges, snack bar host and hostesses, and so on. The junior coaches make similar contributions in time and energy to support The Slugs. Altogether, it is a wonderful group of people who provide a great environment for kids to have fun, exercise, discipline, and some friendly competition as well. It would be a delight to have you join us.
Our team includes swimmers of all ages, abilities, and experience levels! As long as you can swim the length of the pool you can join the team. The swim team helps build self-confidence and improve swimming ability,and is a great way for the kids to meet "pool friends." We have a GREAT group of kids who enthusiastically welcome new members.
The 2012 season was a BLAST! Head Coach Cliff Hegedus and Assistant Coaches Megan McCurnin,Ellie Bacon, Rayn McCampbell, Katie McMahon, and Maddy Lang led our team with enthusiasm and love. All coaches were hands-on throughout the entire season, in the water with the kids SHOWING them exactly what they needed to know. The rapport between the team and coaches was just wonderful to see. The teamwork of moms and dads was amazing too: Parents acted as timers, stroke and turn judges, place judges, referees, starters, and Snack Bar staff and cooks ("Taco-in-a-bag, anyone?!") This is besides the normal setup / teardown / cleanup, driving swimmers to meets, and bringing all the gear, every Wednesday and every Saturday. You guys are AWESOME. Thank you very much!
But the STARS are definitely our kids. Each one of our athletes worked hard. They worked OUT. They worked on their strokes. They worked on their turns. They worked on their starts. They worked on their endurance. And they worked at having fun. The coaches were constantly communicating -- because these kids wanted to do everything they could for themselves and their friends. And all swimmers put it out there, doing the very best they could at every event, every meet. WAY TO GO, SLUGS!
So, what's in store for 2013?
White Division Here We Come!This year, we move back into the White Division. We are looking forward to a fun season with a strong team: we have a team of dedicated swimmers whose enthusiasm is infectious. We look forward to Coach Adam and his assisitant coaching staff leading another fun summer for the Slugs!