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Story 'grossly misrepresented' swimming community's impact

Posted: Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Editor:

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I was distressed after reading the article in Sunday's (Sept. 21) Chronicle, "Taxpayers question funding for facility," in reference to the proposed swimming facility in Columbia County.

Not only was this article really an editorial in disguise, but also it grossly misrepresented the impact the swimming community has in Columbia County and the entire CSRA.

To suggest that the only use the swimming facility will get is the 220 children involved in year-round swimming programs is ludicrous. Swimming participants in the area also include the 2,000 kids who participate in summer league swimming, and who would welcome the opportunity to move to a new venue closer to the residences of the majority of the swimmers.

The three largest Columbia county high schools currently field swim teams of about 60 students each. If they had a practice and meet facility in the county, these numbers would undoubtedly grow.

Greenbrier students currently drive 45 minutes each way to the Aquatics Center. Harlem and Grovetown would likely start teams if a facility were nearby.

A middle school swim team program is another untapped potential that could be initiated and used at the new facility.

Adults also would use a swimming facility. Lap swim, open swim, Masters swim programs and water aerobics are fundamentally sound exercise programs that would attract many county residents who would give the facility a sound return for money well spent.

Ken Maleck

Martinez



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