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Olympian Brittany MacLean leads mentorship event

Two-time Olympian Brittany MacLean led a mentorship event with Northwest Warwhals Swimming Club.
(Photo courtesy of Carlos Barcena)

THUNDER BAY -- Brittany MacLean, two-time Olympian and Rio 2016 Olympic Bronze Medalist and Canadian record holder in the 400 metre, 800 metre and 1500-metre freestyle events led a swimming clinic and inspirational workshop for the Northwest Narwhals Swimming Club this past Sunday at the pool of Lakehead University.

NWN, in conjunction with Head to Head, planned this event to give its swimmers a boost of confidence and inspiration for the 2018-2019 season.

MacLean provided a one-hour session focusing on healthy habits while sharing her journey from age group to Olympic medal.

Subsequently, MacLean led a two-hour session with fundamental swimming skills to strength underwater work, push off/streamline, turns and starts.

“Having an Olympian in town teaching directly to our kids is a privilege that we normally do not have access in the North, we wanted our swimmers to have this experience at the beginning of the season so they can establish their goals and get inspired” said NWN Head Coach David Iwanyszyn.

Parents were able to attend the one-hour classroom session.

“We are thrilled of the upcoming swimming season, as parents we are always trying to find ways to help our kids in their passion and having the opportunity to be present for the inspirational and nutritional talk gave us tools to help them from the backline,” said Laura Coronado, mom of two swimmers in the club.

More inspired than ever, the NWN swimmers are looking forward to attend the NYAC Cup 2018 (Toronto) in November and the club is already planning their own winter meet in December.

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