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2018 TNYA Swim Camp Swimmers Talk Paris and IGLA

Featured in the July/ August 2018 Issue of Compete Magazine

The 20th annual TNYA (Team New York Aquatics) Swim Camp was held from March 18-24 at the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale. This year’s swim camp hosted over 40 swimmers, a mix of athletes looking to ramp up their training and get into fitness shape for summer.

Swimmers were offered both long-course and short-course training over seven days in the Florida sunshine. The event has become popular with LGBTQ swimmers from across the world who enjoy getting in some intense coached training, socializing and beach time in a beautiful destination.

IGLA International LGBTQ Plus Aquatics is the governing body for aquatic sports in the LGBTQ community. Each year an international host city is chosen for the IGLA World Championships. Gay Games 10 in Paris is serving as this year’s IGLA Championship site and will include aquatics competitions in swimming, diving, water polo, synchronized swimming and open water swimming.

Meet six swimmers who attended this year’s TNYA Swim Camp and are ready to compete in the Paris Gay Games/IGLA World Championships.

Onesimo Demira

Grew Up: Zambia, Nigeria and Minnesota

Swims For: Team New York Aquatics

First IGLA: 1994, New York City

Motivation for Attending TNYA Swim Camp: “It gives a huge boost to my swim training. I also love seeing and meeting new and returning campers.”

Hopes and Goals for Paris IGLA: “I am looking forward to reuniting with previous participants and meeting new ones. I am competing in more than one sport which always makes it fun.”

Fantasy City for an Upcoming IGLA: “Minneapolis. The University of Minnesota has a great and convenient facility. Last summer I raced in Budapest, Hungary at the FINA Masters World Championships and that would be an amazing IGLA. Also, going to Singapore or South Africa would be a great experience.”

 

Brian Jacobson

Grew Up: Downey, California

Swims For: Minnesota Ice

First IGLA: 2001, Toronto

Motivation for Attending TNYA Swim Camp: “After competing at the FINA Masters World Championships in Budapest, Hungary last August, I didn’t want to fall back into hard training. I only swam two days a week over the winter and focused on stroke and technique. I came to swim camp because the boys are cute and I wanted to get a bump back into training. I have another swim camp in May.”

Hopes and Goals for Paris IGLA: “I am aging up this year and am hoping to break some world records. If it goes well in Paris, I will head to summer nationals in Orlando. Plus, I have been doing IGLAs for a long time and it is so much fun. The community is fabulous.”

Fantasy City for an Upcoming IGLA: “I would love to compete in the Olympic pools in London, England or Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.”

 

Kevin Kirby

Grew Up: Portland, Maine

Swims For: Team New York Aquatics

First IGLA: 2018 Paris will be my first IGLA

Motivation for Attending TNYA Swim Camp: “I wanted to ramp up for the upcoming swim meet season in New York. Swim camp helps accelerate your training before the spring and summer meets get going.”

Hopes and Goals for Paris IGLA: “Haha; I am aiming not to come in last place. Training for Paris has been a good proxy for getting in better shape in general.”

Fantasy City for an Upcoming IGLA: “Ah, well Paris is my second favorite city in the world behind New York City, so it is a great city for IGLA. Hong Kong, which is already lined up for 2022, would be my second choice.”

 

Jack Mackenroth

Grew Up: Seattle, WA

Swims For: Team New York Aquatics

First IGLA: 1990, Vancouver

Motivation for Attending TNYA Swim Camp: “I have been out of the pool for four years and I needed a jump start to get ready for Paris.”

Hopes and Goals for Paris IGLA: “I’d like to not have a heart attack in the pool. Actually, I would like to see if I can do some decent times. I was at IGLA Paris in 2000 and I want to return to the scene of all the shenanigans.”

Fantasy City for an Upcoming IGLA: “Cape Town, South Africa.”

 

Kevin Majoros

Grew Up: Toledo, OH

Swims For: District of Columbia Aquatics Club

First IGLA: 1996, Washington, D.C.

Motivation for Attending TNYA Swim Camp: “I like getting the distance base that swim camp offers so I have something to come down from in my training. Plus, I love living the life of a swimmer for seven days.”

Hopes and Goals for Paris IGLA: “I like the atmosphere of an international competition and look forward to seeing friends from all over the world. It will be 10 days of sports in an inclusive environment.”

Fantasy City for an Upcoming IGLA: “I also competed at the FINA Masters World Championships in Budapest, Hungary along with Onesimo and Brian. I would love to go back there to compete again. Warren was there cheering us on! My second choice would be Rome, Italy.”

 

Warren Perry

Grew Up: Kinston, North Carolina

Swims For: Team New York Aquatics

First IGLA: 2017, Miami

Motivation for Attending TNYA Swim Camp: “I am here for all of it – training, community, friends and warm weather.”

Hopes and Goals for Paris IGLA: “I’d like to medal in one event and make new friends from different parts of the world. I also plan on cheering on the other aquatics events.”

Fantasy City for an Upcoming IGLA: “Melbourne, Australia.”

By Kevin Majoros

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