Nov 22

Here are statements from each of the candidates for San Diego Imperial Swimming Athlete Representatives.  The election will be held at the House of Delegates Meeting on November 28th.

Erin TaggartHello I’m Erin Taggart and I want to be an athlete representative. I am a sophomore at La Costa Canyon High School where I participate on the varsity swim team. I am on the Senior Team with RSD, and on an all-girl volunteer organization called Female Athlete Volunteers. I started swimming when I was six years old in Houston, Texas. I moved to California in 2010 and I have been a part of SI swimming as well as All-Star and Imperial Zones teams for many years. Also, I was on the Ocean’s Seven team that swam the Catalina Channel in under eight hours and raised twenty thousand dollars for Fresh Start, a charity that gives free surgeries to children who cannot afford them. I have gotten to know many people in San Diego, and it is important to me that athletes get a voice in important matters in the swimming community.
Maria DavilaMy name is Maria Davila, and I am hoping to be elected as next year’s athlete rep for San Diego. . For me, being an athlete rep this past year has meant being a role model in and out of the water. I’ve had the chance to showcase this through my 9 years as a South Bay Aquatics swimmer, running the timing system for meets since I was 11 years old, announcing at the past several JOs and Winter Championships, and simultaneously dedicating myself in school--as shown by my 4.32 GPA. Over the past year, I’ve also had the opportunity to help organize this past Swimposium and attend the USA Swimming National Convention as an athlete rep--with the athlete vote for San Diego. After attending the convention, I walked away with the goal of increasing athlete involvement in our LSC. Most of our athletes don’t realize that there is a governing body of swimming, or that their voice can even make a difference in it. If I am selected as this year’s athlete rep for San Diego, I will help increase athlete involvement as well as educate our athletes on the various things that make up USA Swimming and impact our LSC.
Martine AbouchabkiHi my name is Martine Abouchabki and I swim on Pacific Swim in the senior group. I've been swimming for 10 years and now compete at the regional senior level. I embody all the characteristics that reflect my team such as persevering, hard working, discipline, commitment, competitiveness, and team work. I have a very strong personality that I use to encourage and lead the team not only during a workout but outside the pool. I strive to be a role model and encourage the younger swimmers to be part of our big family. I want them to have the same memorable experiences as I have. During my summers teaching swim lessons and seeing the fun the children have in the water reminds me of why I still swim today. I would like to be an athlete representative to have a voice for not only my teammates but for all age swimmers in San Diego.
Natalie SmithMy name is Natalie Smith and I am a senior swimmer with Pacific Swim. San Diego Imperial Swimming has been a major part of my life. I have been a swimmer in this LSC for over nine years, and throughout this time, I have met and become friends with swimmers, coaches, and officials. One thing that I have learned over the years is that SI swimming is very much a family.
As a swimmer, I have seen the way our LSC works from that perspective. I have competed at every level within and for our LSC. I’ve progressed from C Meets and JO Max, to JOs, All Stars, Zones, and now regional senior meets. I have also had the honor to represent SI swimming as the 2013 Zone Team co-captain, and I am currently a Pacific Swim team captain.
Now, I would love the opportunity to learn how the LSC works from the inside. I am interested in representing athletes in order to continue the good experience and I had growing up in our LSC. As athlete representative, I would like to work to support and promote a culture of inclusion and acceptance of all swimmers. I would also seek out and listen to swimmers’ feedback, and help to ensure that swimmers’ concerns or suggestions are shared with the LSC leadership.
Thank you for the opportunity to be considered as athlete representative
Billy YeagerNo statement was provided.

written by Kevin Lee

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