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INTOUCH Magazine

Tagged under: INDEPTH | AQUATICS

Stroke by Stroke INDEPTH | AQUATICS

Stroke by Stroke

One young Member’s journey from aquaphobe to water bug has seen him progress both in the Sky Pool and on dry land.

Poised on the edge of the Sky Pool, Isaku Takagi has the same thoughts he had before his first swim lesson three years ago. The 13-year-old worries if he’s fast enough, particularly with all the people watching.

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The Finishing Touch INDEPTH | AQUATICS

The Finishing Touch

A graduate of the Club’s Mudsharks swim program shares her story of battling her way back to a national title.

Perched on the starting block, Member Ariana Hill knew she was the favorite.

“Swimmers, on your marks. Get set.”

She’d entered her first heat of New Zealand’s national championships with the best qualifying time of any 13-year-old swimmer in the 50-meter breaststroke.

But nerves got the better of her.

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Pool Sharks INDEPTH | AQUATICS

Pool Sharks

Members find improved fitness and strokes through the Sky Pool’s popular swim development program.

Verna Holder glides through the Sky Pool water like a leatherback. A year ago, the Member looked more like the sea turtle from her native Barbados paddling in the shallows.

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Aqua Kids INDEPTH | AQUATICS

Aqua Kids

The Club’s youth swim program helps kids transition from minnows to sharks.

Look at me, Mommy!”

Miya Kawasaki leaps, tucks and splashes into the water for a hellacious cannonball. Sporting a blue Mudsharks swimsuit, the 5-year-old member of the Club’s swim program bobs up for air.

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Power Shots and Wet Passes INDEPTH | AQUATICS

Power Shots and Wet Passes

Former college water polo champ Kirk Ouellette is passing on his love for the sport to the Club’s youth swim team.

Kirk Ouellette paddles out to the middle of the Sky Pool while palming a brightly colored water polo ball in his outstretched right hand. With a flick of his fingers, he propels the ball at an overturned float perched on the edge of the pool. It bounces off with a thud.

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