USA Deaf Swimming sets Swimming Objectives
For Immediate Release 25 Aug 2014 – Austin & San Antonio TX, Chatsworth CA
The International Committee of Sports for the Deaf awarded San Antonio, Texas, the 2015 World Deaf Swimming Championships (WDSC) slated for August 17-22, 2015 at the Northside Independent School District’s Northside Swim Center.
“We thank the the ICSD for approving San Antonio, but also thank Texas Governor Rick Perry, San Antonio Mayor Julien Castro, San Antonio Sports Commission, the Convention and Visitors Bureau, the NISD and its Swim Center, South Texas Region USA Swimming, and particularly the USA Deaf Swimming Delegation for their hard work”, says USADS bid lead Ben Hobbins.
WDSC at the Northside Swim Center will feature an outdoor 50m Olympic competition pool, interactive sound and video scoreboard systems, high-tech timing and state-of-the-art start systems for Deaf swimmers, officials and coaches command centers, drug testing rooms, lighting, shaded seating for 2,400 spectators and locker room facilities accommodating up to 1,200 athletes.
“USA Deaf Swimming is thrilled San Antonio was approved”, says Dana Elam. “WDSC 2015 will be attended by Deaf swimmers representing the World”. The event is considered the key venue for American and International Deaf swimmers competing to attend the 2017 Turkey Deaflympic Games and other arrays of ICSD sanctioned competitions around the world.
2015 will be a banner swimming year for San Antonio and the NISD Swim Center. First, US Masters Swimming will hold its spring National Championships on April 23-26. Then, USAS Phillips 66 National Championships is slated for July 28-Aug 3, featuring the nation’s top swimmers and Olympic medalists. Next, Speedo Junior National Championships Aug 6-10, featuring the nation’s elite up-and-coming swimmers ages 14 through 18. Then lastly, the World Deaf Swimming Championships on Aug 17-22.
“We look forward to having Team USA athletes compete at both USAS and USADS competitions next summer” says USADS Head Coach Hobbins. “I expect great things again from our swimmers, including Marcus Titus and Matt Klotz”. USADS swimmers have been placing consistently in finals A, B and C in Arena Grand Prix meets this year. Titus placed 4th & 8th at Phillips 66 Nationals in Irvine CA in 50 & 100 Breast, just missing a spot on the Pan Pacific Team USA, but readying for US Olympic Trials.
Special Swimming Events planned for San Antonio Worlds
USA Deaf Swimming and the USA Swimming Foundation are planning a series of unique Make-A-Splash events with Team USA Ambassadors teaching pool safety and swimming leading up to Worlds and during. These events will embrace both the Public and substantial Deaf communities at large in the San Antonio and adjacent areas. San Antonio’s very own Abby McAlpin is a USA Deaf Swimming Ambassador. All Team USA swimmers are part of the USADS Ambassadors Program.
USA Deaf Swimming – USA Swimming Partnership
On August 8th a landmark USADS-USAS Partner Coalition agreement was announced by USAS bringing the organizations together for the first time. “We have important initiatives to develop with so much goodwill present in both organizations”, states Foundation Director Ben Hobbins. In fall 2013 USADS Ambassador Deuce Hobbins reached out to USAS, commenced planning and successfully organized USADS’ first MAS event at the International Championships in Rochester NY held in January. A first, Team USA Ambassadors and a member of Team Great Britain swimmer taught 800 youth and adults about pool safety and swimming. In May, USADS was part of the Phillips 66 Make-A-Splash Tour at the Belmont Olympic Training Center in Long Beach with a booth, USADS staff and Ambassador Deuce Hobbins with US Olympians Rowdy Gaines, Jessica Hardy, Anthony Erwin, Janet Evans, Chloe Sutton, Rada Owens and Jason.