National Team Member BJ Johnson Headlines Pacific Swimming Diversity Camp

USA Swimming National Team member BJ Johnson (Seattle, Wash.) will headline the 2013 Pacific Swimming Diversity Camp at the Martin Luther King Pool beginning at 8:30 a.m. PT on Saturday in San Francisco.

BJ Johnson (courtesy of Tim Binning/theswimpictures

BJ Johnson (courtesy of Tim Binning/theswimpictures

“I’m honored and excited to have the opportunity to give back to the swimming community and promote diversity within our sport,” Johnson said. “I believe that the more vibrant and diverse swimming becomes, the more we can learn from each other both as athletes and people.”

The all-day camp will feature several swimming sessions for campers age 11-16. There will be a dry-land circuit, technique videos and an educational talk. Johnson will lead one of the in-water workouts focusing on individual medley stroke and speed techniques. He will also speak about his swimming experience as a child before ending his appearance with a photograph and autograph session.

“I owe a lot of where I am today to a wide range of mentors who inspired me to continue swimming,” said Johnson. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to motivate the next generation of USA Swimming athletes.”

The goal of the diversity camp is to spread the mentality that elite level swimming can happen in any pool, by anyone who wants to make it happen.

The event will end at 5 p.m. PT and is open to the media.

Johnson’s appearance at the Pacific Swimming Diversity Camp is part of USA Swimming’s Athlete Partnership Program. The program is a platform for National Team swimmer to encourage kids and adults to take up the sport as a healthy and positive activity. These appearances directly promote the sport and the healthy lifestyle it represents. To find more information about how to get started in the sport, visit www.swimtoday.org

About USA Swimming
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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 www.usaswimming.org

This release was provide to SwimSwam courtesy of USA Swimming.

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