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Posted on: July 25, 2022

Swordfish Swim Team Swimming off to State Games of America

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Head Coach Elisha Bashir is elated for his team as the meet was set in motion all the way back in the fall of 2019 before the pandemic. Now, nearly two years later, the team finally gets to experience the biggest stage of their young lives.

“Through all the adversities this team has faced, it’s truly amazing to see them continue to be successful and advance to the State Games of America,” Bashir said.

The State Games of America is much like a miniature Olympics for youths. Bashir’s first trip came in 2019 when the city only had one athlete make it to the games.

“I witnessed more than 15,000 athletes from all over the nation in multiple events celebrating their achievements and enjoying true competitive sports of all kinds,” Bashir recalled with a smile. “It’s a true Olympic-style experience, with the walk of athletes from each state, a meet and greet for spectators and athletes and days of great sportsmanship and competition. 

“It’s also an opportunity for athletes to travel and cities to showcase their city’s greatness,” he added. “Meeting athletes from all around the nation in your competitive sport builds the best athletes.”

It hasn’t been an easy road and Bashir recounts some of the rough patches. From a pool that was closed because of renovations to struggles at practice to get everyone on the same page, it was tough sledding to reach the state games. Bashir says he’s looking forward to showcasing the talent of South Fulton at the next level.

The team was established in 1999, but, even now, Bashir says he never dreamed that 16 athletes would make it to the event. 

“Now that we’ve earned our way in, we will never miss an opportunity to compete on such a stage again,” he said excitedly.

When the team returns to Georgia, the fall season will be around the corner in Savannah, Ga. 

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