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Olympian Inspires Healthy and Active Lifestyles to Eastbluff Elementary Students
Posted 2/14/20

Coach Kristy

Eastbluff Elementary School partnered with the  Ready, Set, Gold! the program, which matches Olympian and Paralympian mentors with schools to promote healthy and active lifestyles. This year, fifth graders at Eastbluff Elementary have the honor of working with Olympic Swimmer Kristy Kowal, as they prepare for their Physical Fitness Test.

Ready Set Gold ProgramKristy Kowal who students refer to as coach Kristy is an Olympic medalist, winning the silver medal in the 200-meter breaststroke at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. Kristy has been visiting students at Eastbluff to encourage and support students’ healthy and active lifestyles, as they gear up for the Physical Fitness Test. Kristy’s first visit to the school included a school-wide assembly where she shared personal stories, emphasizing the importance of having grit and perseverance, and that failure can help in the learning processes. Kristy believes that instead of dwelling on failure it is important for kids to stay present and focus on looking ahead to the future. 

"You are never too young to have huge, massive dreams. Dream as big as you want and never let anyone discourage you from working toward them!" said Olympian Kristy Kowel.

Coach Kristy leads a variety of physical drills and exercises to help students build endurance and strength. The program, which will continue throughout the school year, focuses on positivity and the importance of teamwork, through athletics and in all aspects of life. In future visits, Kristy will continue to focus on teaching students what it means to be part of something greater than themselves.

“Coach Kristy’s life experiences have motivated me to work hard, practice my leadership skills and to always be positive,” said Kaitlyn Woods, fifth-grade student. “She’s always smiling and makes exercising fun!” she said.

Students at Eastbluff continue to work hard and are excited to pass their Physical Fitness Test alongside Olympian Kristy Kowal.

Coach Kristy Training with Student