Last updated: July 17. 2013 1:31PM - 475 Views
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Chad Abshire

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GILBERT — The Larry Joe Harless Community Center has announced the next addition to their swim program, the LJH Swim League.

The program will provide an opportunity to introduce your child to one of the most competitive and challenging sports around — swimming.

According to a release from the LJHCC, competitive swimming builds cardiovascular health, flexibility, muscle tone, and more, with other benefits including goal setting, confidence, and self-discipline.

“The LJH swim league provides an opportunity for everyone to learn competitive swimming skills while also promoting a healthy lifestyle, ” Dustin Lester, senior lifeguard, swim coach and certified swim stroke instructor from the Starfish Aquatics Institute, said. “We welcome experienced and novice competitive swimmers into a program which will build self-esteem, discipline, confidence, respect and teamwork.”

Swim league programs are designed to emphasize technique, endurance, sportsmanship, and, perhaps most importantly, fun.

Swim meets will be held regularly, and to compete, children must have participated in two practices per week. The swimmers will be divided by competency and experience to afford the most fair competitions. Beginners will develop butterfly, starts, turns, stroke technique and endurance.

As swimmers advance, further stroke work will be implemented in addition to marked increase in yardage and intensity. Finally, swimmers will be able to complete a technically correct 200 IM with appropriate turns.

For more information, contact the LJHCC at 304-664-2500.

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