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Olympic swimmer to speak to FD Swim Club

Major: ‘Creating a positive event for the children of Fort Dodge’

October 24, 2012
By PETER KASPARI ( , Messenger News

Tickets for the chance to hear two Olympians and a nationally known swimmer speak are still available.

The speakers at the Fort Dodge Swim Club's dinner on Nov. 2 include Olympic gold medalist Josh Davis, Olympic silver medalist Jimmy Feigen, and Dagny Knutson, the fastest high school swimmer in the country.

Davis, according to Jason Major, a member of the Fort Dodge Swim Club board and the store director of Hy-Vee Drugstore, is going to be the main speaker at the event, which will be held at First Presbyterian Church.

Major said the idea for having the three speak came from a club member who had heard about Davis and his speaking events.

"We thought, just coming off of the Olympics, that he would be a good person to speak to not just the swimmers, but the community as well," he said.

Major said the swim club is expecting the night to be a positive one.

Fact Box

What: Fort Dodge Swim Club dinner

featuring Olympic gold medalist Josh Davis.

When: Nov. 2

Where: First Presbyterian Church, 1111 Fifth Ave. N.

Cost: $25. Tickets are available at Brown's Shoe Fit, 210 S. 25th St., or by calling 570-0897.

"Josh talks about his experiences as a young swimmer and how he used the sport to help him in life," he said. "He'll talk about how he learned from his coaches. He's also going to educate parents on how to be supportive role models and the importance of positive reinforcement."

He said the night is open to the public, and the cost includes dinner, which will be put on by the church's youth group.

"It's going to be a positive night for anyone who wanted to come out and listen and have a nice dinner," he said.

The youth group will be using the dinner as a fundraiser, and will be hosting a clinic on Nov. 3.

Major said there's a limit of 300 seats, but there are still tickets available.

"It's going to be a fun event for Fort Dodge," he said. "We'd love to sell out."



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