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Krystal Lara is one of very few Latinas in her class at Stuyvesant High School, and in the pool. She’s backstroking her way toward the Olympics.

From The New York Times:

Her Parents Thought Swimming Lessons Were a Good Idea

Krystal Lara is one of very few Latinas in her class at Stuyvesant High School, and in the pool. She’s backstroking her way toward the Olympics.…

Former Yale swimmer Siphiwe Baleka

Good video about former Yale swimmer Siphiwe Baleka

http://www.foxsports.com/video?vid=396080195760

Former NFL Player Marcellus Wiley Aiming To Help Others Conquer Swimming Fears

From MyFoxDC.com:


According to a study commissioned by USA Swimming, 69 percent black children do not know how to swim. Former Pro Bowler and NFL veteran Marcellus Wiley is determined to change that.

He say swimming was one of his greatest fears and he shares why he was inspired to confront his fears with FOX 5’s Laura Evans.

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Comment by Jennifer Brehob on November 28, 2010 at 10:46pm
Inspiring story. Yet it's terrifying to think that Marcus did his first swim in the deep blue sea at that depth and distance. I think we all need to cheer every child that gets his or her feet wet at the pool when his or her parent(s) aren't swimmers, or if he or she just has an innate (sensible) fear of the water. The longer I teach swimming the more I know that everyone is different and each person's emotional/psychological reaction to the water, the setting, the sensations of swimming is absolutely unique. The process of confronting fear is different for each of us, too.
Comment by Dudley Edmondson on November 22, 2010 at 3:36pm
excellent story on Marcellus. wish I could have done the swim with him
Comment by Jayson Jackson on November 11, 2010 at 11:48am
Vote for #9, Marcellus Wiley, in 2010 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.

arcellus never learned how to swim as a child. In August of this year, Marcellus heard the story of six African American children who drowned trying to save their cousin in the Red River in Louisiana.

After hearing news of this tragedy, Marcellus decided that it was time to conquer his fears and learn how to swim. He hoped his story would help bring awareness to the terrifying statistics related to minority swimming and drowning rates.

http://www.openwatersource.com/vote-for-the-2010-world-open-water-s...
Comment by Jayson Jackson on November 11, 2010 at 5:40am
I agree Errol. It's great how Marcellus was able to conquer his fear in an effort to help others.
Comment by Jayson Jackson on November 11, 2010 at 5:40am
Thanks Bobby. We appreciate the kind words.
Comment by Bobby D. Bennett on November 10, 2010 at 11:05pm
I applaud you Marcus for facing your fears. I pray every minority child has the opportunity to do as you did.One day soon you will see more and more black kids swimming competitively and recreationally.Diversity in Aquatics gets an applaud from me also for what they have done and are doing in this area of concern.Thank both you Marcus and DIA. You get high marks from me.
Comment by ERROL DUPLESSIS on November 10, 2010 at 9:46am
Great story . . . I believe Marcellus Wiley just opened a few more doors.

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