February 23, 2010
Middle and Junior High SKWIM competition "heating up the winter" on Seattle’s Eastside
New SKWIM League forming as popularity grows among middle and junior high students.
February 23, 2010, Redmond, Washington – With another month of winter to go, and the 2010 Winter Olympics in full swing, Kevin McCarthy of SKWIM International is already thinking "SPRING" and preparing for the second local season for SKWIM competition. A SKWIM league for Middle and Junior High School students is forming on Seattle’s eastside as demand for the new sport continues to grow.
Combining traditional swimming with sportsmanship and strategy, SKWIM attracts Middle and Junior High School students with new equipment that uses dynamics found in bodysurfing, air-hockey and basketball. “SKWIM grew from a global need to create an interactive water sport for all ages says Kevin. “Playing SKWIM is super fast and load of fun, and helps develop global water-safety. Conventional swim instruction is vital, but few children stay involved long enough to become competent swimmers, and fewer yet join the discipline of competitive swim-racing. SKWIM requires little experience to get started, and builds skilled, experienced swimmers, or, as we call them, ‘Skwimmers’. The sport promotes tactical teamwork, allows room for personal style, and builds water strength and endurance. Its so engaging, you don't even think about the work-out.
Kevin attributes part of the sport’s success to the use of Positive Drive Fins, designed to work with the natural motion of the human foot. The ‘PDF’s’, as they’re known to competitive swimmers, have gained a reputation over the years as a premier training fin for Olympic caliber athletes. “Fins open the sport to more people, equipping them with more confidence, power and speed. With the PDF’s, most people can jump into SKWIM and comfortably play a full game.
SKWIM was started in 2007 in Redmond, Washington and is governed by the SKWIM International Association. SKWIM Northwest, the regional affiliate, is responsible for developing the sport in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. SKWIM Teams begin practice in April and will play through July. Players can register for SKWIM team at any of the participant pools listed on the SKWIM websites. More information can be found at www.skwimusa.org or www.skwiminternational.org
For more information on this topic please call Shari Tumey (425) 869-6505 or 800-SKWIM-IN visit www.skwiminternational.org SKWIM™ is a registered trademark of SKWIM International, Redmond, WA USA. Positive Drive Fins™ is a trademark of Bettetimes, Santa Fe Springs, CA.