Evie Wood selected for the USA Swimming National Diversity Select Camp

Bob Young

 

 

Evie Wood Invited to USA Swimming National Diversity Select Camp

Three-day camp at Olympic Training Center boosts swimmers from multicultural populations

 

Hudson, WI – Local Hudson, WI swimmer, Evie Wood was selected to USA Swimming’s 14th Annual National Diversity Select Camp, to be held May 7-10 at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

 

“We’re thrilled to have one of our own Mako Aquatics swimmers selected to participate in the National Diversity Select Camp for the second year in a row,” said Bob Young, Mako Aquatics Head Coach/CEO. “The experience she will have and the skills she will learn from this camp are something she’ll keep with her forever. I’m excited to see how she’ll grow in the pool, but also as a leader.”

 

Wood will be one of 48 swimmers from around the country selected to participate. The purpose of the camp is to instill a vision of success and inspire athletes from ethnically under-represented populations to become leaders in the sport of swimming. The National Diversity Select Camp brings together some of USA Swimming’s most diverse talent for an extended weekend of pool training, leadership development, team-building activities and learning. Athletes’ personal coaches are encouraged to attend the camp as well.

 

“It is powerful for these athletes to connect with other swimmers that are navigating our sport in a way that they can relate to,” said Mariejo Truex, Senior Director of Education & Programs for USA Swimming. “For some, it is the first time they are able to see and interact with other swimmers that look like themselves or can identify with their experiences. This camp helps build leadership skills and drive performance knowing that these athletes aren’t the only ones and knowing that they have the necessary support from not only other athletes, but from coaches, officials, parents, volunteers and USA Swimming staff.”

 

The entire list of camp participants may be found here. A total of 42 clubs from 22 states will be represented at the prestigious camp. Alumni of the program include four-time Olympic medalist Simone Manuel and 2019 U.S. National Team members Jack Levant and Daniel Roy. Camp attendees will also be visited by 2004 Olympic silver medalist, Maritza McClendon.

 

The goal of USA Swimming’s National Diversity Select Camp is to:

 

  • Demonstrate the viability of multicultural success in swimming.
  • Achieve performance excellence at every level of the sport.
  • Expound the benefits and value of participating in the sport of swimming.
  • Assist in recruiting more swimmers and coaches from diverse ethnicities to the sport of swimming.
  • Be positive leaders and role models that others from multicultural backgrounds can emulate.

                       

The camp hosts swimmers between the ages 14 and 16 and selection is based on times swum at USA Swimming sanctioned events. Each athlete selected for the camp will be provided complimentary room and board at the Olympic Training Center, ground transportation and full airfare to Colorado Springs.

 

For more information on National Diversity Select Camp please visit usaswimming.org.

 

About USA Swimming

As the National Governing Body for the sport of swimming in the United States, USA Swimming is a 400,000-member service organization that promotes the culture of swimming by creating opportunities for swimmers and coaches of all backgrounds to participate and advance in the sport through clubs, events and education. Our membership is comprised of swimmers from the age group level to the Olympic Team, as well as coaches and volunteers. USA Swimming is responsible for selecting and training teams for international competition including the Olympic Games, and strives to serve the sport through its core objectives: Build the base, Promote the sport, Achieve competitive success. For more information, visit usaswimming.org.