Olympic Gold and Bronze Medal Swimmer Katie Meili Visits Campus
On Saturday, January 28, two-time medal winner from the 2016 Olympics Katie Meili met with Hartford public school girls from Horizons at The Ethel Walker School, as well as members of Walker's swim team. The event took place in the Centennial Center, where Katie worked with the girls on basic swimming skills, read books, signed autographs, and posed for photos with her Olympic gold medal. Katie, who told the girls she always had to work hard because swimming didn't come naturally for her at first, encouraged the girls to always work hard on their goals, because hard work beats talent.
The Horizons program is a six-week academic and cultural enrichment program that improves the educational outcomes for girls from Hartford public schools. During the program, Horizons girls learn to swim. For many, it may be their first time in a pool. By the end of the summer, most girls have gained the confidence to swim on their own during supervised daily visits. Walker's Horizons program is the country's first and only all-girls Horizons program. In the summer of 2016, the Horizons girls made a video in support of Katie and her quest to win Olympic medals. Watch the video here.
On Sunday, January 29, Meili also conducted two swim clinics in Walker's new pool as part of the Fitter & Faster Swim Tour presented by SwimOutlet.com. Katie worked with participants on key race components: starts, underwater dolphin kicking, and race day mental preparation. Several Walker's swimmers were in attendance.