LIHU’E — Despite a weekend filled with basketball tournament, softball
clinics, and a high profile coaching clinic, about eighty parents and children
turned out to hear Olympic swimming gold medalist Bill Smith at a swimmers’
clinic hosted by the Mokihana Aquatics in preparation for their “Fun Meet”
which will be held on August 5-6 at the Kaua`i High School Pool.
coach, and club founder Orlando Anaya exclaimed, “I expected, and would have
counted half that many people as a success.”
Mokihana Aquatics presented
the swimmers’ clinic and officials’ clinic for parents for the first time on
Kaua`i since 1988. United States Swimming Local Swim Committee supported the
event by preparing special information packets for interested families and sent
co-chairman of the Officials Committee, Bret Toba from Maui, and Dave Coleman
from Honolulu to help with the sessions.
But, the main star-appeal came
from “medal man” Bill Smith, whom Ed Pickop, a state agricultural specials from
Kapa`a was inspired upon hearing Smith talk about his former
Pickop’s daughter, 11-year-old Nani, agreed, adding, “I thought it
was a lot of fun, and it was good for me.”
Mokihana Aquatics has been in
the vanguard of support for high-caliber competitive age-group swimming and
training, and is the only Kaua`i swim club with national affiliations that
allow them to compete in sanctioned meets.
Kaua`i resident and recent
Iolani School graduate Mariah Farley, played for her school’s water polo team,
and was on hand with her younger brother Robert to participate in the
“Listening to Bill Smith was really inspiring to the kids,” Mariah
said, “to actually hear and see someone who has actually been
Robert was more to the point, “It was good, and I will be joining
For more information on the “Fun Meet,” or Mokihana Aquatics,
contact Coach “O” at 821-0587.