Top athletes to host clinic

MILFORD – Boston may have rejected the Olympics, but Olympic gold is coming to Mil­ford.

Two of the world’s top competitors, Ian Crock­er and Kim Vanden­berg, will be at Keyes Memorial Pool on Sat­urday, Aug. 15 to teach swimming to children 8 and older.

The clinic runs from 8 a.m. until noon and costs $65. The price goes up to $75 after Aug. 8.

Crocker and Vanden­berg "will be in the wa­ter with kids for over two hours … The Keyes team is very excited to provide this opportu­nity to all the swimmers out there," said Milford Recreation Director Arene Berry.

Each participant learns performance techniques on all four strokes, freestyle, back­stroke, butterfly and breaststroke, with dry land and in-water group instruction.

A flyer from the Mil­ford Recreation De­partment says the clinic will show how to break bad habits and help children understand how the body, mind and heart affect swimming.

Sponsored by Mutual of Omaha, the Breakout Swim Clinic is being hosted by the Milford Keyes swim team and the Castaways swim team of Winchendon, Mass., a fellow mem­ber of the Granite State Swimming Association.

Parents and coaches are free to observe, and each participant will get a T-shirt, poster, DVDs and other souve­nirs, as well as photo opportunities with the medalists.

Ian Crocker is a five-time Olympic medalist, including three gold medals, and the first man to ever swim un­der 51 seconds in the 100-meter butterfly.

Kim Vandenberg was a member of the bronze-medal-winning U.S. team in the women’s 4–200-meter freestyle re­lay at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

For more informa­tion on the clinic, visit breakoutswimclinic. com or call Arene Ber­ry, 249-0625, or email her at aberry@milford. nh.gov.