March 10, 2018 - Stockton Swim Club Athletes to Swim in Tokyo, Japan Meet
Stockton, California -- An invitation from Tokyo, Japan was extended to Stockton Swim Club to participate at the “March Age Group Championship Swim Meet”. This is the first in history for a swim club from California to be invited to participate with other 2,000 athletes from Japan and other international swim teams. It is the hope to bring as many qualified swimmers on this once-in-a lifetime opportunity. To date, there are 25 swimmers, ages 7-17 committed to compete on March 10-11, 2018.
Fundraising efforts, as well as, a grant ($685) from Pacific Swimming Diversity and Inclusion, and Stockton’s Chase Chevrolet ($500) contributed to sending the twenty-five (25) swimmers to Tokyo, Japan. Swimmers shouldered their own airfare through their families. Chaperoning are family members of the swimmers, and both Coach Shun and Coach Skye are leading the team.
Stockton Swim Club is a non-profit, all-year round competitive swim team that offers high quality professional coaching and technique instruction for all ages and abilities. The goal of our team is to provide every member an opportunity to improve swimming skills and achieve success at his or her level of ability from novice to International competitor.
Bryan Davis, a veteran water sports coach based at St. Mary’s High School created Stockton Swim Club ten years ago with a vision of grooming swimmers to the best of their abilities to compete on the local and global arena of swimming.
Shunichi Fujishima, an international student and swimmer at the University of the Pacific came to Stockton Swim Club a year ago. Holding the position of Age Group Coach, most recently was appointed to Head Coach by Bryan Davis. Known to the young swimmers as “Coach Shun”, since his presence with SSC, he has meticulously trained and developed the young athletes and prepared each one for an opportunity to compete internationally.
“I want the young athletes of my team to experience competing internationally as I’ve done. The whole dynamic of cultivating relationships and fostering camaraderie when meeting other swimmers from around the world is a lifetime treasure.” said Shunishi Fujishima.
Coach Shunishi is affiliated with the Japanese National Swim Team and wrote for Swimming World, a sports publication. He has also taught young children English at his old school, Aoba International School. Assistant Coaches are Skye Becks, Taylor Campbell, and Yudai Fujishima.
For more information, see www.stocktonswimclub.org.