June 7, 2014
Brandon Sports And Aquatic Center Seeks To Set Record, Special Olympics Competition
By Tamas Mondovics
BSAC to Host Official World’s Largest Swim Lesson
Joining millions around the globe, the Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center (BSAC) was pleased to announce the hosting of a special event promoting the importance of swimming lessons.
On Friday, June 20, tens of thousands of kids and adults at aquatic facilities around the world will unite for the fifth year in a row to set a new Guinness World Record in the global record attempt for The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson (WLSL). BSAC officials are inviting the public to visit the center and take part in the event, which will take place at 11 a.m.
The current Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson stands at 32,450 participants representing 13 different countries across five continents.
Learn more by visiting WLSL.org, or by calling BSAC at 689-0908.
Team Colwill Diving Team Tourney Success
Under the direction of former Olympian and Head Coach Chris Colwill, the BSAC Colwill Diving Team took seven medals at the Orlando Plantation Invitational held in May.
Aidan Sadler, 8, took first in the 1-meter ages 11 and under, and 3-meter ages 8-9 competition. Teammate Taylor Holt, 8, also took first in the 1- meter age 8-9, and Sean Barry took 6th in the 1-meter age 8-9. Caroline Council, 14, took first in the 1-meter ages 14-15 category; Alaina Hall, 12, took first in the 1-meter ages 12-13 category, and Kayla MaComb, 16, took first place in the 1-meter age 16-18 group. For more information on Team Colwill Diving, contact BSAC at 689-0908
Local Athletes Shine During State Special Olympics
Brandon Sports and Aquatics’ “Tennis for Fun” athletes competed in the Florida Special Olympics held at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports last month drawing attention to the program’s strength and the athletes dedication and talent.
A total of 21 athletes competed in either singles match play or individual tennis skills.
In its 14th year, the “Tennis for Fun” program is a free tennis clinic that gives intellectually disabled individuals the opportunity to learn basic skills, train for Special Olympics and have fun playing tennis.
Athletes from 22 different Hillsborough County Public Schools supported by coaches, chaperones, and volunteers numbering more than 1,000 from Hillsborough County, also competed in basketball, track and field, golf, cycling, volleyball and soccer.
According to county officials, the delegation from Hillsborough County is the second largest group to this year’s summer games.
The state Summer Games is the largest single event offered by Special Olympics Florida.
The nearly 2,000 athletes had the chance to inspire spectators through their passion for their sport as they have endured long hours of practice to reach this level of competition while shining a light on people with disabilities.
“Each athlete has trained very hard to earn the chance to compete at State Summer Games, and each will inspire you with their talent and passion,” said Special Olympics Florida President, CEO Sherry Wheelock.
For more information, visit www.specialolympicsflorida.org.