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Hi and welcome back.

I was proud to donate my time last Sunday to my son’s recreation league swim team, the West Haven Wizards (When the high school season is out, he swims here to stay in shape).

The coaching team at the Wizards brought in the Mutual of Omaha Breakout Swim Clinic for the kids.  This is one of those great moments in sports when the athletes give back something to the kids.  The swim clinic consists of two Olympians who give the kids a pep talk, do a Q+A, and then get them in the water to teach them skills.

Brendan Hansen, who won Gold and Bronze in England this year, and Christine Magnuson, who won Bronze in China were on hand to not only teach the kids but let them know what it takes and means to be an Olympian.

And, as a bonus, they brought their medals with them:

They got together with the kids for a photo op, taken by me, and to have their shirts signed:

 

Then they all got into the water and Brendan and Christine gave the kids pointers on technique to give them an edge in the pool:
Last but not least, as I am a teacher of Off Camera Flash, here’s my setup for the shots with the kids:
Nikon SB910, reflective umbrella as fill against the strong window light
One of the great things about being a photographer is the people you meet.  I met two Olympians who graciously gave of themselves to help these kids learn techniques that will help them become more competitive.
Was it cool?  You Bet!!
Many thanks to Mutual of Omaha’s Breakout Swim Clinic, Brendan Hansen, Christine Magnuson, and the entire West Haven Wizards staff and team for hosting such a great and fun event for the kids.
That’s it for now.  Till next time, happy swimming!