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Olympic gold medalist coming to Fort Dodge

Josh Davis will be featured along with potential Rio superstar Jimmy Feigen

September 30, 2012
Messenger News

Fort Dodge Swim Club is hosting an Olympic swim clinic for the local swimmers in Fort Dodge Nov. 3 at the high school pool.

This is one of the largest events the Fort Dodge area has had in years to help promote swimming. The club (FDSC) wanted to provide the best swimmers in the world for our children to learn from.

Josh Davis, a three-time Olympic gold medalist and a five-time medalist will be the featured person at the event. We have also invited Jimmy Feigen, who was an Olympic silver medalist in the 4X100 freestyle in London this past summer.

Jimmy is also a 2011 international two-time gold medalist and three-time medalist and is predicted to be the next superstar for the Olympics in Rio in 2016.

We also have a very special young lady by the name of Dagney Knutson coming. Dagney was the fastest swimmer out of high school and is expected to be an Olympian for Rio. Dagney will tell the story of her life, and we are hoping after listening our children will be inspired to a great positive life.

Josh and Jimmy will be coming to town Friday morning and working out with the Iowa Central swimmers in the morning. They will be going to the school at 10 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. to give a presentation about living a positive life and explain how the decisions you make today shapes your life forever.

Fact Box

The winter swim program will be starting Oct. 15. Sign up is available at the Fort Dodge Community Rec Center. The FDSC encourages anyone to come and learn about the swim team.

Later that evening, the Fort Dodge Swim Club will be hosting a dinner with the Olympians at First Presbyterian Church. We will begin at 5:30 p.m. with meet the Olympians social hour and then at 6:30 p.m., a dinner will be put on by the First Presbyterian youth group and a presentation to follow for the night.

Saturday morning at 10 a.m., 100 of our area swimmers will get in the water with all three special guest and spend four hours learning champion performance techniques on all four strokes and understanding how the body, mind and heart affects swimming. Local swimmers also will get to ask questions, get autographs and have a photo taken with them. Each swimmer will receive a T-shirt, poster, DVDs and other souvenirs from the day.

The mission of the Fort Dodge Swim Club is to help promote completive swimming for our area swimmers and create a positive experience to all.

When we decided to host this event our club wanted to reach as many children as possible in our community so everything for that weekend will be for the children and to make memories for them.

If you would like to be part of this event all you need to do is email me at or call my cell phone at 570-0897 for more information.

The swim clinic is open to any between the ages of 8-18 but is limited to the first 100 people to sign up. The last day to sign up for the swim clinic is Oct. 15. Tickets to the dinner banquet are $25 a person with a limit of 300 tickets total. So please do not wait long. I think both events will sell out. You can also check out our Facebook page at Fort Dodge Swim Club for more information also

As anything that goes on in the community, none of this could be possible without the help of our business sponsors: Brown's Shoe Fit, Shelly and Shelly Orthodontics, Salon and Company, Dean Getting at FMC, Fort Dodge Rec Center, Fort Dodge Tri-Sport Club, Three Eagles Communications, Northwest Bank, Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln and Toyota, Hy-Vee Drugstore Store, Clean All, Northwest Foot and Ankle, First Presbyterian Church Youth Group, Ann Smeltzer Charitable Trust, Fort Dodge Character Counts Program and The Messenger. This group was the key to bringing the Olympians to the community and letting our children have a once-in-a-lifetime experience. So if you see anyone who works for any of these businesses or organizations, please tell them thank you for all their community support.

If you would like more information about Josh Davis, Jimmy Feigen or Dagney Knutson you can find them at and for a small part of Josh's message, checkout the online learning course. This is truly a great message that any sport can learn from.

The Fort Dodge Swim Club would like to thank everyone who has helped with this program.

It has been a pleasure to provide such a great opportunity for the children of Fort Dodge, and we have other plans to continue supporting swimming in the future for the kids.

Please be on the lookout as we are trying to bring the University of Iowa swim coach to town for a clinic, and we have reached out to the University of Texas and Florida coaches also.

One of our goals is to continue to find the best resources around and give our students positive experiences in swimming.

Jason Major is a member of the board of directors of the Fort Dodge Swim Club.



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