We Need Everybody in GA Swimming!
Georgia Swimming Mission:
“Georgia Swimming will increase opportunity, recognition and growth in competitive swimming. We believe that swimming provides life-changing experiences for young people.”
D, E, & I Mission Statement:
“Increase opportunity, recognition and growth in competitive swimming. We believe that swimming provides life-changing experiences for young people.”
What is Diversity, Equity and Inclusion?
Diversity: Georgia Swimming will bring together individuals with a broad range of backgrounds, Experiences, beliefs, cultures and social views to promote growth and new opportunities for all members.
Inclusion: Provide equal access for all Georgia Swimming Members and their families to activities, processes and decision making.
Equity: Georgia Swimming will ensure fairness in sports, equality of access, and recognize inequalities and take steps to address them.
Here are resources for our diverse members and their families. If you have resources to share or cannot find something you need please let us know at the GA Swimming Office. ALL FORMS FOR GA SWIMMING ARE AVAILABLE ON THE RESOURCES PAGE so that we can be sure we always have the most up-to-date form available for download. If you need assistance, please contact the GA Swimming Office if you have any questions.
USA SWIMMING DIVERSITY CAMPS
USA Swimming offers a variety of camp opportunities to help its member athletes across the nation reach their full potential. Swimmers can progress through USA Swimming’s camp programs, moving on to more and more camp opportunities as they improve.
USA Swimming Diversity Camp Progressions
USA Swimming: Why is Outreach Important
Southern Zone Diversity
GA Swimming Diversity Camp
USA SWIMMING OUTREACH PROGRAM
USA Swimming is committed to providing outreach membership for families in need. You can read more about the program here.
USA Swimming Outreach Program FAQs
USA Swimming: Why is Outreach Important
Outreach Athlete Eligibility Forms and Outreach Athlete Registration: GA Swimming Forms Page
SWIMMERS WITH DISABILITIES
PARALYMPIC QUALIFYING TIMES - Our LSC allows for a championship meet for all levels and abilities in the short course season. Therefore, athletes with a disability are included in the meet that their time qualifies them for making for an inclusive environment. At our LSC Championship meet, where we do not offer multiple long course championship meets, just one with time standards. Athletes with a disability qualify using the Can AM Paralympic time standard by classification for our state meet. Swimmers are encouraged to seek a national certification to open up additional opportunities behind just swimming in the LSC championship meets level. This program was approved by our Board of Directors by unanimous vote in 2019.
USA Swimming Disability Page
GA Swimming Disability Page
Team USA Paralympic Swimming
WE NEED DIVERSE OFFICIALS, TOO!
Three things we know -
Young athletes whose parents volunteer in their support are more likely to stay in their sport.
Diverse athletes consistently say they would feel more included in swimming if more officials mirrored their diversity.
Parents who NEVER PARTICIPATED IN SWIMMING make great officials. The training is free and there is no obligation to continue as an official if you find out it is not for you.
. . . Ready to Learn?
CHECK THE BOX
When you register with USA Swimming be sure to include your ethnicity or disability.
Increase Diversity Increase Ethnic, Multicultural, Disability, and Socio-Economic Diversity at all levels of our sport. We cannot change what we do not measure.
Encourage New Initiatives Be counted! Let USA Swimming and GA Swimming know you are out there, and you want them to continue to find new ways to encourage diversity and inclusion.
Stay Informed Stay informed of opportunities for swimmers like you!
The US Center for Safe Sport and USA Swimming prohibit discrimination against any member or participant on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, and gender identity. USA Swimming provides a variety of resources for anyone who wants to learn more.
USA Swimming Resources for LGBTQ Athletes
The Georgia LSC believe that there is no place for discrimination in the sport of swimming. If you believe you are the victim of discrimination, you are encouraged to report the incident to USA-Swimming’s Associate Counsel & Director of Safe Sport, Abigail Howard ([email protected] or 719-866-3529). Please provide a complete description of the incident as well as a way to contact you and/or other parties involved. For more information refer to gaswimming.org/diversity.
AQUATICS COMMUNITY PARTNERS
Diversity in Aquatics website
NCAA Diversity and Inclusion
Anti-Bias Tools and Strategies from the ADL
The GASI Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
Tommie Jackson ~ Chairperson
Kai Akubo Smith
Sarah Brown - Athlete
Will Foggin - Athlete
The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee welcomes all GA Swimming members! Contact DEI Chair Tommie Jackson.
Committee Meeting Minutes: