Close to 90 Firethorne children are making a big splash on the Katy/Fulshear aquatics scene this summer as members of the first-ever Firethorne Firefish swim team. The fired-up Firefish, coached by former Katy High School swimmer and U.S. Swim Team Coach Erin Robichaux, enthusiastically jumped into their glistening new home team pool – feet first.
“We want the kids to enjoy the water during summer break,” says Firethorne Firefish Board President Doug Sturgis. “Recreational summer leagues are about having fun, not about how many yards a child can swim in a day,” said the former swimmer and coach who has been actively involved in recreational aquatic leagues for more than 20 years.
The Firethorne Firefish team will host its first swim meet Saturday, June 11, 9 a.m. in their newly launched six-lane, 25-yard-long competitive swimming pool. The Firefish, whose members range in age from the “6 and Under” (20 children) to “13-14,” are one of 26 teams in the West Houston Aquatic League (WHALe). According to Firethorne Marketing Director Janet Burkett, Sturgis embodies the true spirit of community at Firethorne.
“His children are on the Firethorne Firefish team and he stepped forward to preside over its board to share his expertise both as a former competitive swimmer and coach,” Burkett says.
All Firethorne Firefish team members will be outfitted with swim caps sponsored by Candice Skoby, Keller Williams Signature; backpacks from Casey’s Pools, and T-shirts sponsored by Kim Dorcheus, Coldwell Banker, PL Nails, Casey’s Pools, Maddox Pools and Christmann & Co., certified public accountants.
In addition to the regulation lap pool and clubhouse, Firethorne’s Competitive Swim Center features a community center.
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