Junior Athlete Representative Voting- Round 1

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Round 1 Voting is Open for the Niagara LSC Junior Athlete Represenative!

Voting will take place in 2 rounds. Round 1 will be open until 6/17/2024 at 11:59 pm. The top 4 Athletes will move on to the final round.
 
Voting is open to Niagara LSC registered 13 and older athletes in good standing with USA Swimming.
 
Each athlete may only cast one (1) vote per round.
 
Link to vote:

Let us introduce our athletes running for the Niagara Junior Athlete Representative!

 

Kaylee Maas from Victor Swim Club

How many years have you been in the sport: 8        

Why do you love the sport: I love the family it has created around me and the community of hard working people

Leadership Experience: Leadership Distinction program and Niagara athlete committee for two years          

Favorite Event: 500 Free

Why would you be a good representative for Niagara LSC athletes? I think I would be a good representative because I think it is important for athletes to have a voice.

 

Owen Kane from Camillus Swim Club

How many years have you been in the sport: 6 Years

Why do you love the sport: It has always been fun to me, I could never describe the amount of joy and opportunities this sport has brought me.       

Leadership Experience: Jr Firefighting Program, IS-700b IS-100 (FEMA Leadership Training and Identification class for emergency management)                 

Favorite Event: 100 Free

Why would you be a good representative for Niagara LSC athletes?  I’m very proactive and flexible, I’m accountable for my own actions and take the extra step to ensure things happen. I love everything about this sport. And I come from a District of Niagara that isn't very represented

Any additional things you would like to share of why you would be a good fit for the position: If you are reading this, I cannot thank you enough for taking your time to read my application. I understand there is about a thousand others applying. But I have full confidence in Myself, Niagara, and my team (Camillus Swim Club) that I am the perfect choice for this position.

 

Veronika Puzanovova from Buffalo Area Aquatic Club

How many years have you been in the sport: 7 years

Why do you love the sport: I love swimming because of the countless friendships it has given me and all the memories I have been able to make with my teammates and coaches. Swimming has taught me what it's like to work hard to meet goals, while still being able to have fun.

Leadership Experience: I am on two athlete committees in Niagara, was captain of my high school swim team, and have attended leadership summits affiliated with my school.        

Favorite Event: 200 IM and 200 Back

Why would you be a good representative for Niagara LSC athletes? I would love to advocate for all of my teammates, as well as my friends on other teams.

Any additional things you would like to share of why you would be a good fit for the position: I'm good at communicating and coming up with new ideas for events and things to be done within Niagara.

 

Thai Tran from CC River Rats

How many years have you been in the sport: 10 years

Why do you love the sport: I love the sport of swimming because of the connections formed between swimmers on the same team or even different teams is an experience I will always keep close to me.

Leadership Experience: Lead designer on my robotics team - Deans list semifinalist for robotics, Concert Master for the Area All-State Orchestra

Favorite event: 100 Breaststroke

Why would you be a good representative for Niagara LSC athletes? I can offer consistent support, guidance, and information to Niagara LSC athletes anytime, anywhere.

 

Abby Ferrari from Fairport Area Swim Team

How many years have you been in the sport: 10 years

Why do you love the sport: I love competing and working hard during practices! The community is also amazing!!

Leadership Experience: I have ran swim lesson groups alone. I help to teach the kids how to swim, while keeping it fun for them and ensuring their safety! I’ve learned how to think and solve problems on the spot!             

Favorite event: 100 and 200 back    

Why would you be a good representative for Niagara LSC athletes? I think I could give different feedback. I’m a very busy student along with being a dedicated athlete, so I think I could offer a different perspective.

Any additional things you would like to share of why you would be a good fit for the position: I would be very passionate about helping and I would ask my team members and other athletes if they have any suggestions!

 

Ben Hinds from Webster Bluefins

How many years have you been in the sport: 8 years

Why do you love the sport: Swimming has built my most important friendships. I love the energy of practice, pushing each other, and the feeling of cheering on teammates. Being able to share that with the younger athletes is incredibly rewarding.

Leadership Experience: My passion for swimming extends beyond the pool. I regularly volunteer at meets, serve on Niagara Committees, and mentor younger swimmers in my club and at school.  Working alongside my dad, a coach and Niagara official, has fueled my interest in the leadership aspects of the sport. At McQuaid, I'm dedicated to guiding underclassmen and sharing my experience with middle school athletes.            

Favorite Event: Breaststroke ... or all of them!

Why would you be a good representative for Niagara LSC athletes? I'm not just a swimmer, I'm dedicated to the entire Niagara LSC community. My experience working with younger athletes, volunteering at meets, and my eagerness to learn about LSC governance demonstrate my desire to give back. I'm organized, a clear communicator, and ready to collaborate with both athletes and the Board. My goal is to ensure every athlete's voice is heard, and they have the resources and support to thrive.

Any additional things you would like to share of why you would be a good fit for the position: Beyond my commitment to athlete representation, I bring a collaborative spirit and a strong desire to understand the inner workings of the LSC.  I'm confident that together, we can create a thriving environment where every Niagara swimmer has a voice.

 

Koen Anderson from Syracuse Chargers Swim Team         

How many years have you been in the sport: 8 years

Why do you love the sport: The competitive experience, and friends I have made along the way

Leadership Experience: Varsity High School swim team captain

Favorite Event: 500 Freestyle

Why would you be a good representative for Niagara LSC athletes? I have been competing in the Niagara LSC with many of these swimmers for close to 9 years forming relationships and getting to know many of them well.

Any additional things you would like to share of why you would be a good fit for the position: I enjoy connecting with fellow swimmers from many different clubs and High School teams across regional sectional and state meets and events.

 

Dominic Falbo Fairport Area Swim Team

How many years have you been in the sport: 8 years

Why do you love the sport: I love swimming because it's evolved beyond just a sport for me, it's now my passion and way of life. Every time I swim, I'm challenged to exceed my own limits, pushing myself further than I thought possible. Additionally, swimming has connected me with a whole community of like-minded individuals, gifting me with lifelong bonds that go beyond the pool. It's not just an activity I do, swimming has become an integral part of my identity, fueling my growth and shaping me in countless ways.

Leadership Experience: Niagara BoD At-Large Athlete Rep, Active member of the Niagara Swimming Tech Planning committee, Recipient of the state-wide 2023 NYSCLSA Outstanding Student Leader Award for recognizing all sports teams in a way that shines light on all student athletes through my self run sports account @barstool.canandaigua, 2023 Canandaigua girls swimming & diving team manager, student government, varsity team captain, assistance in organizing school events including the mental health walk, etc

Favorite Event: 200 & 500 Freestyle

Why would you be a good representative for Niagara LSC athletes? I believe my extensive leadership experience and firsthand involvement in swimming makes me a strong candidate for the Junior Athlete Representative role in the Niagara LSC. Having served as the At-Large Athlete Representative, I've actively advocated for changes to enhance the athlete experience within Niagara Swimming. My dedication to championing athletes' needs remains strong, and I'm committed to continuing this advocacy and beyond as Junior Athlete Representative. Additionally, I take on leadership roles at my high school Canandaigua Academy, actively participating in student government, running a sports account dedicated to recognizing and supporting every Canandaigua athlete and team, and serving as a team manager for the 2023 girls varsity swimming & diving team. On top of that, I was honored with the state-wide 2023 NYSCLSA award for Outstanding Student Leadership, which showcases my commitment to excellence and further validates my ability to lead effectively. With my deep understanding of the sport and passion for promoting athlete’s needs, I'm confident I can effectively represent my peers and contribute meaningfully to the progress of Niagara Swimming.