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Tri-Valley swimmers seek to reform 'toxic' sports culture

Original post made on Jun 26, 2020

Swimmer safety is back in the local spotlight after several former Tri-Valley swimmers recently came forward alleging years of abuse that they said either took place by or under the watch of area coaches.

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Posted by Reality
a resident of another community
on Jun 26, 2020 at 10:02 pm

Being a head coach and being selected to USA swimming senior development committee should be someone that can lead by example. Because they are the role model for all other coaches and minor swimmers. But the reality is a recruit-driven, very low safe sports threshold elite group coach has becomes the model of success of today.

Posted by Concerned Swim Parent
a resident of another community
on Jun 30, 2020 at 11:25 am

I am grateful for the women and others that are trying to help protect young people today. This is a reminder to all of us that what we do and say does have a lasting impact on others both good and bad.
My children swam for the Pleasanton Seahawks and we did not know Miranda at first but over many years I became increasingly impressed with her character in every way. She loved swimming, was first to the pool EVERY day,, was talented, hardworking, dedicated and her accomplishments speak for themselves. However, she was so much more than that. I witnessed her being supportive to all, helping people learn how to apply for select swim camps and teams, lending expensive racing suits to her closest competitors when their's had ripped, bringing gifts and treats to teammates even when she wasn't invited to parties, teaching and encouraging young and old, doing everything the coaches asked...all the time while these very individuals CONSTANTLY ridiculed her. She impressively smiled through it. The environment was extremely toxic in every way for her. Despite all of it, I am so impressed to see that she has remained kind, honest, helpful and full of integrity. She is definitely someone I look up to even in my elder years. Thank you Miranda.

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