2805 Coit Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
Phone: (616) 634-2044
Fax: (616) 365-9254
Email: CoachAlex@grnsa.org


5:15-7:30 p.m. 5:15-7:30 p.m. 5:15-7:30 p.m. 5:15-7:30 p.m. 5:00-7:00 p.m. OFF

Gold Group Coach: Alex Brinks

This group is for dedicated swimmers between the ages of 13 and Over. Gold Group members must have demonstrated the ability to train and compete in all four strokes in sprint, middle-distance, and distance events. Swimmers in this group must be committed to training and be willing to strive toward the higher levels of competition, such as the Michigan Swimming State Championships, and Central Zone Sectionals.

Working with Head Coach Alex Brinks, swimmers will make short and long term workout and competition goals. As the swimmers develop and progress, their level of commitment may grow to achieving high goals such as Junior & Senior Nationals, as well as Olympic Trials time standards. Other training will include dryland and stretching exercises, teaching importance of daily workout habits, balance among the academics and athltetics, and swimmer-coach conferences to evelaute progress in monthly workouts and seasonal competitions.

Depending on the time of the season, 120 to 150 minute practices are offered 8 to 10 times per week. The Gold Group will be required to meet the Two-Star Training Standards. A seventy-five percent commitment in attendance is required. Practice equipment must consist of: goggles, snorkel, hand paddles, pull buoy, kickboard, fins, and mesh bag.