July 12, 2017
RELEASE Media Contact: Dan Koett (ket)
YMCA of Central
Kentucky Headed to
Annual Diversity Select Camp and
YMCA of Central Kentucky swimmer selected to attend USA Swimming’s Annual Diversity Select Camp and Summit
LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY (June 21, 2017) – YMCA of Central Kentucky swimmer Amina
El-Amin, a seventh grader from Edythe J. Hayes Middle School is one
of 40 up-and-coming athletes to attend the USA Swimming’s
Annual Southern Zone Diversity Select Camp and Summit to be held
June 22-25 at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center in Charlotte,
El-Amin, an eight-year veteran of the North Lexington Family YMCA Tiger Sharks Swim Team is the first YMCA of Central Kentucky swimmer to attend this annual USA Swimming camp and the only female from Kentucky to attend. Amina El-Amin had to qualify for the USA Swimming Kentucky State Championship in order to be considered for this camp.
of the camp is to create an atmosphere of motivation and
educational opportunities for athletes of underrepresented
cultural, ethnic and socioeconomic groups to develop the necessary
leadership skills to achieve excellence in their sport and their
home communities. The Zone Diversity Select Camps are viewed as an
integral step for athletes to move from the local and Zone level
onto to the national scene.
I love about Amina is her drive. She has clear goals and she wants
to attain those,” said North Lexington Family YMCA Swim Team
Head Coach Matt Vogelpohl. “Now that she is getting older,
all the training and parts of her
strokes are starting to click. She can now tell me what she needs
to work on after a race or what didn't go right. Most swimmers
don't figure that out until later in their teenage years, but Amina
figured it out this year at 13. I am very proud of her and all she
has accomplished,” said Vogelpohl.
Amina’s best times this season were 26.55 in the 50y freestyle and 58.99 in the 100y freestyle. At this camp, El-Amin will receive multiple practices a day, private lesson instructions, dry land and in classroom video training and technique discussions. “Winning! I just love to win!” said El-Amin.
About the YMCA of Central Kentucky
The YMCA of Central Kentucky has been serving Lexington and the surrounding area since 1853. The YMCA is for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility and provides programs that support the healthy development of people of all ages. Through the generous contributions of donors, the YMCA of Central Kentucky provides financial assistance that enables all members of the community to enjoy YMCA membership and programs, regardless of income. The YMCA of Central Kentucky operates four facilities in Lexington and runs programming in Jessamine and Scott Counties.
Dan Koett (ket)
Vice President, Community Relations
Executive Director, C.M. Gatton Beaumont Y
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