August 21, 2018
In the aftermath of the event at the 2018 Central Zone 14-and-under Age Group Championships, we are reaching out to provide an overview of the incident and the immediate steps taken to ensure the safety of the competitors at the pool that day.
We respect and understand everyone’s concern and want to ensure members that the incident was handled quickly and with the utmost professionalism by the on-site event team. We encourage everyone to speak to individuals expressing concerns to be sure they are heard and that they understand the events that unfolded.
On August 5th the Safe Sport trained event organizing team saw an individual in the stands taking photos of the event and recognized the signs of inappropriate activity and took immediate action. The reported individual was detained, law enforcement was immediately contacted, and his belongings were confiscated. Teams and coaches at the meet were made aware of the situation.
While this is now with authorities, we have been advised by the facility that proper protocols were in place and this reported individual, who entered as a general event spectator, is not known to have been in any restricted areas nor near any of the competitors.
We cannot say enough about the vigilance and actions of the meet leadership. There is no better reminder to everyone involved with our sport of the need for proper education and training to protect our athletes.
We continue to review the situation and welcome your comments and feedback. If you have any questions or would like to discuss this further, please contact us. This is important to us, and we will welcome all calls.
The Central Zone Directors
Amy Hoppenrath, Non-Coach Director
John Bradley, Coach Director