December 13, 2017
Three time Olympian and multiple Gold Medalist Anthony Ervin visited SWMKE last night for what proved to be a very special night for all.
Anthony began with a very entertaining and inspirational talk about his rise to Olympic champion and his Olympic experiences. This was followed by a Q & A with many great questions from both swimmers and parents.
Anthony then handed each swimmer an "Ervin" swim cap and color photo and took the time to sign them for everyone. At the same time he put one of his Gold Medals around each swimmer's neck and posed for a picture with them. This of course brought huge smiles to everyone and made the event a very special & personal one for all involved.
Next was the pool session which was scheduled for one hour but lasted 1.5 hours. Anthony spent plenty of time from the deck and in the water with each swimmer, working on free turns, undewater kicking and breakouts. He ended the session by demonstrating his freestyle and underwater kicking with the swimmers observing under water and from the deck.
Nothing was rushed the entire evening and it was obvious that he was there "for the swimmers". Beyond being a legend in the sport with a lot to share, Anthony proved to be a very special person who positively connected with each athlete as an individual.
From the entire SWMKE family - THANK YOU ANTHONY!!!
Here again is a link to Anthony's 2016 Gold Medal performance in the 50 Free: