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Meet This Year's Safe Sport Fellows

2/23/2016

USA Swimming's Safe Sport program has chosen four athletes for its first fellowship program. The athletes were chosen from all over the country for a year-long fellowship with Safe Sport to create new and enticing Safe Sport program initiates within their LSCs. 

 

Meet this year's group of Safe Sport Fellows:

Maggie Baker 

  • Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (AM)
  • Swim Club: Mt. Lebanon Aqua Club (MLAC)
  • Events: Anything freestyle from the 50 to 500-meters
  • What do you hope to get out of this fellowship?
    I came into this fellowship hoping to gain some leadership training and experience. In addition, I'm hoping to form new relationships with swimmers from around my area along with the other fellows. 
  • Why is this Important to you? 
    Safe Sport is important to me because I love the sport and everything it stands for. Swimming has really come to shape who I am today, and I think it has the potential to do that for all its participants. That being said, this positive experience shouldn't have to be compromised for any reason, which is why I'm excited to help make the sport more welcoming and comfortable for all athletes. 

 

Colin Brady 

  • Hometown: Frankfort, Illinois
  • Swim Club: LWSA Gators
  • Events: 100 & 200 Breastroke, sometime free and I.M. events
  • What do you hope to get out of this fellowship? 
    I hope to learn more about leadership skills and how to make a difference in the world around me.
  • Why is this important to you? 
    This fellowship is important to me because swimming has been such an amazing experience for me, and I want to ensure that every swimmer has the same positive experience that I had.

 

 

 



Consi Faling 

  • Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts
  • Swim Club: Commonwealth Current Swimming
  • Events: Mostly backstroke and freestyle events
  • What do you hope to get out of this fellowship? 
    I really want to spread word of Safe Sport throughout my LSC, and in doing so I hope that I can excite people and get them enthusiastic about Safe Sport and the Safe Sport effort. I also hope throughout the fellowship I can learn a lot about myself so that I can grow as a person. 
  • Why is this important to you? 
    Swimming is a sport that has been a vital part of my life for as long as I can remember. It has taught me so many valuable life skills, and it has allowed me to create a supportive network of coaches and friends who are there for me when I need help. I love swimming, and I hope that through being a part of the Safe Sport effort I can help ensure that other kids have a positive experience with swimming, and that they can get out of it as much I have. 

Breandan Gibbons 

  • Hometown: St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Swim Club: Star Swim Team
  • Events: All freestyle, mostly distance free
  • What do you hope to get out of this fellowship? 
    I hope to get word about Safe Sport out, and for people to know what Safe Sport actually does. I also hope that personally I gain leadership skills that are applicable in my other activities in school and later on.
  • Why is this important to you? 
    I want people to have as good of an experience swimming as I have had. I want people to have as positive of a culture on their teams as I have had. I think that this a very good way to do that.

 

 

 

 

 

Learn more about the Safe Sport or the Safe Sport fellowship program here.