October Newsletter 2015

October 6, 2015

imgDear Members,

We would like to congratulate our 40+ Mixed Doubles 7.0 team who qualified for sectionals in the Spring and went on to compete in the Sectional Tournament this past weekend. Captained by Carrie Baumgartner and assisted by Dick and Shirley Bowen the team fought the heat and put up a good fight but were bumped out of the tournament by San Gabriel Valley who went on to take the Championship. Even though they had an early departure they had a great time and are looking forward to honing their games and making another run at it next season.

We would also like to wish Susan Corti good luck at the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii on October 10th. Susan qualified for the World Championships at Ironman Coeur d’Alene, where despite 106 degree temperatures, she finished in a time of 11:41:44 to take 2nd place in her age group. Susan will be battling the famous “ho’omumuku” crosswinds of 45mph and 95 degree temperatures in her journey to complete the 140.6 mile race. Join me in wishing Susan good luck in this ultimate test of body, mind and spirit.

Our new Yoga Wall will be installed in the next two weeks with classes beginning on November 2nd. Our very own Holly Butler will be teaching Body Sculpting classes, which will be a mixture of floor exercises and resistance training utilizing the wall. This dynamic resistance style training helps build, lengthen and stretch muscles creating a more functional, balanced body. Holly will also spend time focusing on exercises that will strengthen the muscle groups that are utilized while playing tennis. Even with a great skill set it is difficult to close out those tough matches without the proper conditioning. Holly will take you to that next level of fitness and help you capture those close matches. Stay tuned for class schedule, to be announced soon . . .

We would like to remind you that our guest policy changed on October 1st. Guests are now limited to two visits per year. We will continue to offer 12 guest passes per year for each membership, but each guest will be restricted to two visits per year. Out-of-town family members will not be restricted to two visits per year. Please check with the front desk for a more detailed description of our guest policy. Thank you in advance for your understanding in this matter.

Let’s Move for a Better World,
John Sutcliffe
General Manager

Member of the Month: Kelly Honig

Kelly Honig: Courting City Council.
By Anna Griffin

Many of our brilliant members here at Westlake Athletic Club are accomplished and interesting contributors to society; world travelers, a few of whom have most definitely made their mark on the world, and with many great stories to share. On a local level we are now thrilled to hear that one of our own, Kelly Honig, is throwing her hat into the ring and stepping up to run for Council, as a genuine commitment to serve a community she loves and is proud to be a part of.

In these politically uncertain times, we are all looking for a leader we can trust; someone who has our back, hears our concerns, fights for our needs, and who won’t sell us down the river for their own political gain once in office. Whether on a local, state, or nationwide level, people are searching for a new breed of political candidate, one who can move community forward without sacrificing the things that matter to us. Enter Kelly, who is running for a seat in Westlake Village City Council on November 3rd.


An attorney specializing in maritime and transportation law, she practiced for approximately fourteen years before deciding to stop full-time work to raise her children. Feeling a need to contribute she began volunteering in the community, working for the Board of Westlake Baseball, the Parent Faculty Club at White Oak Elementary, and joining the Cultural Recreation Advisory Board for the City of Westlake Village. Kelly also became a Member of the Board of Trustees for St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School for three years, which led to her becoming Development Director.

Her desire to run is clear. She loves her world; this community called Westlake Village that she calls home. Being a naturally driven person, she is called to both contribute and lead. Having already worked for the city and being a Member of the Steering Committee of the Westlake Village Community Park, she genuinely wants to expand on her contribution to the community, viewing a Council-appointed position as one of service and not political.

“That’s why I am running for Council - because I want to give back to this community that is so important to me. The job of Council Member is to serve the people of Westlake Village, and to make sure the city’s resources are used to the maximum benefit of its residents. I want to be sure our community retains its unique feeling, while encouraging citizen engagement. Active citizens are concerned citizens.”


Kelly is passionate about the beauty and lifestyle of Westlake Village. Her current concern is the drought and what she sees as unpreparedness from the water board. At the top of her list is the current city watering schedule of twice a week for fifteen minutes at a time, which she feels is poor and not enough to sustain the surviving historic trees. Her goal if elected, is to work proactively with the Water District to change the scheduling to four times a week at seven minutes a time, ensuring adequate hydration for the city’s beautiful landscape.

“Westlake Village is very protective of its trees and all the significant trees on public property, and they go throughout those trees to water those individually that are particularly stressed during these restricted times, in an effort to save them,” Kelly says.

She rightly wonders if indeed El Nino is right around the corner, how our community might benefit by collecting some of the rainfall on a residential basis.

“We need to work with Homeowners Associations throughout the city to create a cohesive plan as there isn’t one. Even if we get a big rainfall this year, one season of El Nino is not going to fix this problem and I would like to work to create a more proactive and sustainable plan for our landscaping. The days of rolling, green lawns are over. We mustn’t expect that for our future. We live in a desert.”

Continuing to think forward, she comments how our city could be improved with technology, beyond our current, limited resources.

“There is in-place a technology plan for Westlake Village, which they are in the assessment phase of, and which would improve our Wi-Fi.” She believes however, that development needs to be controlled in an effort to preserve the city’s environment.


Kelly assures me that in voting for her we can expect the following:

• Experience
• Commitment
• Hard work
• Independence
• Good community values.

And having interviewed her, I would agree.

A valued member of WAC for at least 15 years, tennis is her passion. “I love my tennis group – my ladies. They are an important part of my life. I practice and try to get better at tennis, but it’s really not about that. It’s about the energy and the friendship.”

If you’re not already familiar with Kelly from the tennis courts, come in and meet her for yourself, as WAC hosts a meet-and-greet on Saturday, October 17th, from 10:30am- 12:00pm. Enjoy local conversation with her and your fellow members, over nibbles and libations, and don’t forget to get out to support and vote for her on November 3rd. The preservation of Westlake Village’s beautiful environment and lifestyle might just depend on it . . .

Fitness Tip:

Abdominal Crunch
By Patti Markowitz

Technogym machines offer a more intuitive and varied workout, while also providing a combination of strength and functional training. They are easy to use and a variety of exercises can be done on each piece of equipment, offering the ability to train different muscle groups simultaneously.

A core strength-training program not only uses your abdominals, but also activates the muscles stabilizing the spine, hips and pelvis. The abdominal crunch machine works the abdominal muscles while providing effective safe training from a comfortable seat.

1- Select desired weight and adjust machine before sitting down on the machine. Place straps over shoulders and hold handles in straps. Pull them down towards your waist.


2- Slowly crunch down, exhaling as you bring your chest toward your knees.


3- Inhale as you slowly pull back up, using your abdominal muscles (not your back) to an upright, seated position. Do two sets of 12-15 reps, resting less than a minute between sets).



Nutrition Tip:

Cold-Busting Smoothies
By Anna Griffin

Autumn is here and with the changing seasons, come cooler days. As the temperature shifts we become susceptible to colds and flu, especially if our immune system is a little stressed out. To enhance our diet and ward off illness, green smoothies may be beneficial in preventing and suppressing the effects of the common cold, because they:

• Provide vitamin C not available from animal-based diets
• Increase the body’s energy levels
• Augment levels of fluid intake
• Do not put a strain on the adrenal system

Much research has been done to demonstrate the effects of Vitamin C on cold frequency and duration. While there is plenty of debate over how much vitamin C should be ingested, no one is arguing that the vitamin actually works in combating colds. And every one knows you just can’t get vitamins from a steak!

It only stands to reason that if you want to beat a cold, you need to increase the fruits and vegetables in your diet. It’s also common knowledge that fresher is better when it comes to this particular vitamin, since it begins to degrade when temperatures rise above room temperature (70-75˚), so what better way to eat it than in a green smoothie?

Of course, the best fruits with a reputation for being high in Vitamin C include:

• Lemons
• Limes
• Oranges
• Grapefruit
• Pineapple
• Kiwis

Other smoothie-enrichers from the fruit kingdom that also rank at the top of the vitamin C charts include papaya, kiwi, strawberries, cantaloupe and guava.


From the vegetable realm, there are:

• Brussels sprouts
• Broccoli
• Kale
• Kohlrabi
• Bell peppers
• Tomatoes

The vitamin boost of a green smoothie is an obvious benefit. A less obvious benefit for cold busting is the energy increase most people feel. Higher energy means a greater ability to exercise, especially in aerobic activities. And that means fewer colds.

WebMD reports, “Regular exercise appears to have the advantage of being able to jump-start the immune system. With exercise, the number and aggressiveness of certain immune cells increase by as much as 50% to 300%. In one study reported in the American Journal of Medicine, women who walked for a half-hour every day for one year had half the number of colds as women who did not exercise.”

So before heading to the gym, onto the courts, or diving into the pool, prepare a nutritious and immune-boosting green smoothie, full of cold-fighting, organic fruits and vegetables. When fighting a cold, skip dairy and be light on your sugar intake. Both of these can aggravate symptoms, leaving you stuffed up, in recovery, and off your workout plan for longer.

Cold-Kicking Greens & Berries

1 banana
1 cup of frozen blueberries
1 cup of pineapple
2 – 3 kale leaves, with stalks
1/2-cup cruciferous greens (leaves of broccoli, cauliflower or cabbage)
2 cups (500 mL) coconut water
A handful of fresh blueberries to garnish

I supplement my smoothies with a daily vitamin dose, throwing them in with the rest of the ingredients, and always include a scoop of my favorite protein powder. For an extra protein boost, I add a tsp. of natural peanut butter, ensuring maximum energy not only in the gym, but also for my morning at work.

However you choose to modify this all encapsulating meal-in-a-drink, and whatever feeds your body for maximum results, throw it all into the blender simultaneously, whip up, drink, and get your day’s groove on. Enjoy!

Water Aerobics Tip:

Toned Legs & Tum.
By Katie Whittaker

With 12 times the resistance of air, water exercise can chew up calories, tone your muscles and strengthen your cardiovascular system fast! As your joints are cushioned by water, my personal training program is perfect for arthritis issues and post-surgery. Also, your lymphatics get a boost from the water pressure.

1) Leg Circles
Using ankle weights: front, side and back leg lifts strengthen most thigh muscles (abductors, adductors, quadriceps, hamstrings) as well as toning the tummy. Do 12-15 reps before switching legs.




2) Deep Water Twists
We begin with "powerhouse/core" engagement. Using the noodles to support the upper torso, the lower torso twists, with bent knees, toning the stomach (Poolattes). Obliques and transverse abdomens are cut, forming a more defined waistline. Do two sets of 12-15 reps, taking no more than one minute between sets.



To book a private aqua session with Katie: kwhittaker818@gmail.com

Yoga Tip:

imgThe Benefits of Balancing Poses
By Cindy Zaveruha

Pose in Photo: Tree Pose (Vrksasana)

All balancing poses engage and tone the core. As you balance, all sides of your torso are working in concert to steady your body. Core strength is critically important for maintaining a healthy back. Your core is literally what holds your body upright. Athletic performance is enhanced when the core is strong. In tennis for example, your core strength is what assists in quickly changing directions, reaching for that outside shot and having more power behind each swing.

The calming aspects of the pose are beneficial as well. Your mind is clear and fully focused when you are concentrating on maintaining stability while balancing on one leg.

Tree pose, or Vrksasana in Sanskrit, can be done using qa wall as a prop to build up to the full pose.


Swimming Tip

Press Your Buoy
By John Sutcliffe, via Enjoy-Swimming.com
Learn how to press your buoy, which has the benefit of keeping your hips and legs up without much effort. This freestyle swimming technique requires you to apply downward pressure on your head and chest. As your lungs are filled with air and very buoyant, pressing down your upper body causes the lower body to rise up through a lever effect. You then don’t need to kick that hard anymore

This freestyle swimming drill teaches you how to be balanced in the water in a prone position (floating on your chest). In fact this is the best drill to forever get rid of sinking hips and legs while swimming the freestyle stroke. Here’s how to do it:

Drill Instructions
• Lie flat in the water, with your face turned downward. Your head is in line with the trunk.
• Keep your arms relaxed and extended along the sides of the body.
• Start to kick with a gentle flutter kick.
• If you notice that your hips and legs have the tendency to sink, try this: increase the downward pressure on your chest and head, while keeping your head in line with your body. Don’t press down too much though, your body should still be more or less horizontal.
• You should notice that by the lever effect explained in the previous freestyle drill, your hips and legs are pushed upward. This is the key lesson of this drill.
• When you need to breathe, gently extend your chin forward until your mouth clears the water.
• You will notice that your hips and legs have the tendency to sink while inhaling. Press your buoy as explained above to compensate and bring your body back into balance.
• Pressing your head and chest down this way to make your hips and legs rise in the water is sometimes called pressing your buoy or pressing the T.

Some Tips
• If your kick is weak you can give swimming fins a try. Just make sure to compensate for sinking hips and legs by pressing your buoy, not by kicking harder with the fins.
• Don’t overdo this drill, as extending your chin to inhale can strain your neck. Once you have integrated how to press your buoy to keep your hips and legs up, move on to the next drill.
• A tip for sinkers from Frank, one of our readers: to bring your hips/legs in balance with your shoulders, consciously engage the lower back muscles and also do dry land exercises to strengthen those lower back muscles.

This freestyle swimming drill teaches you how to be balanced in the water in a prone position (floating on your chest). In fact this is the best drill to forever get rid of sinking hips and legs while swimming the freestyle stroke. Here’s how to do it:

For more information, http://www.enjoy-swimming.com/freestyle-swimming-drills-balancing-on-your-front.html

Tennis Tip:

This side of 50 on the Tennis Court: Keeping It Moving.
By Karl Akkerman

imgThere is more than just a few of us playing and enjoying being active here at Westlake Athletic Club. But there are many concerns as we enter into our last years of activity. We must be aware of these and have a plan so we can continue to live our active lives for many years to come. Here are the concerns we need to have a plan to stay active:

• Loss of flexibility
• Loss of strength
• Loss of endurance
• Loss of stability and balance

Being over 50, we have increased sensitivity to heat, cold, humidity, skin ulcers associated with diabetes, vision changes, unstable insulin levels, and I almost forgot . . . Decline in memory!

The loss of flexibility is the most prominent loss factor associated with aging. Luckily, exercise routines often result in an increase of flexibility and strength. There is always a common loss of endurance that is associated with deconditioning of the cardiac and respiratory tissues (heart and lungs), but the good news is that individuals who are over 50 respond extremely fast to cardiovascular training. The gains associated with endurance are often exponentially higher than those associated with flexibility and strength gains.

Bottom line . . . The more tennis you play the less likely you are to get out of shape. And if you do get laid up due to an injury or health problem that knocked you out of playing for a while, you can work your way up by first walking, graduating to a slow jog. Eventually then you can play that 1 ½ hour with your friends or complete a whole clinic.

I personally promise to include in my clinics stretches and balancing drills to help you remember to do these as often as you can. You can almost never overstretch or over condition (with the exception of a few OCD personality types. It is a lifestyle choice and commitment to make these stretches a part of your daily routine, but worth it if you want to continue to play tennis for a long time.

Join me on Sunday Mornings, or Wednesday and Thursday evenings for a great workout, and an opportunity to keep in shape so you can keep playing this game we all love so much, for years to come . . .Tennis.

Member Business of the Month:

Barbara Sklar: The Captain of her Ship.
By Anna Griffin

Born and raised in Miami. FL, Barbara Sklar has many accomplishments to her name. A self-titled entrepreneur, real-estate investor, clinical hypnotherapist, dental practitioner, and energy healer, she is now chartering a new course in life, at the helm of her yacht, the “Odyssey.”


Having always had the dream to navigate the open seas, she was surprised when the opportunity actually arose having watched the film, The Secret.

“I had always said that if I won the Lotto, I would buy a boat and take off. What an incredible adventure, and to experience that freedom!”

Barbara found herself dipping her toe in the waters of looking for a suitable boat, gently putting out feelers for her desired vessel and price point, and first looking in Miami. The “Odyssey” appeared, locally moored in Marina Del Rey, with a seller anxious to make a deal. After an initially stalled first offer to buy it, Barbara found herself on the road to Mexico, and coincidentally pulled up alongside a car by Honda, called “Odyssey.”

“At that point I knew. It was a confirmation for me, and I immediately bought the boat.”


She admits to “totally jumping in at the deep end,” and is a self-taught Social Director, likening herself to Julie on the Love Boat!

Captained by her good friend Darryl, the “Odyssey” is a 58ft. Hatteras, luxury Tri-Deck Motor Yacht, 65 ft. in length, U.S. Coastguard Inspected, and able to hold up to 42 people. Based in San Pedro, CA, Odyssey Yacht Charters offers harbor and ocean cruises, and does many trips to Catalina year-round, also offering boarding from Redondo Beach, Long Beach, and Newport Beach.


“We host all types of celebrations – basically anything you can celebrate, we can do on the “Odyssey.” We’ve hosted everything from the scattering of ashes at sea, to budget weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, graduation parties, bachelorette parties, bachelor parties, and prom parties. You name it! We offer celebrations of every kind.”

Barbara moved to Westlake Village from Venice a year ago, to be closer to her daughter and three grandchildren who are ages nine, seven, and five. Having played tennis since she was aged six, she is an avid player, joining Westlake Athletic Club in May. Unfortunately due to a recent injury, she is off the courts for the next two months, but is encouraged to get in the Fitness Center and keep her strength up.

When not at WAC or on the “Odyssey,” Barbara can be found enjoying her other passions, which include her latest business endeavor, selling Young Living Essential Oils, a collection of natural healing oils that positively impact our energy and frequency. The oils are particularly helpful in soothing tennis elbows and other sports-related injuries, such as Barbara’s most recent Plantar Fasciitis inflammation.

“Each oil resonates to the frequencies in our bodies. Every plant has a different frequency, and every part of the body has a different frequency.”


She also belongs to the Westlake Village Yacht Club. Unfortunately though, she can’t bring the “Odyssey” there. Apparently it is just a little too big!


Life At WAC:

Hello Fall!
By Anna Griffin

It’s officially fall, but that hasn’t stopped our glorious S. Cali weather or you embracing your fitness goals. The days are still long, sunny and beautiful, and you all continue to enjoy the warmth, pushing yourselves to greater limits in your athletic prowess.

In September, you were hard at work competing with one another in WAC’s annual Club Tennis Championships, which were celebrated with the finals on September 27th and 28th. Congrats to the following winners . . .
Karl and Nancy Akkerman, Mixed Doubles Champs

Steve Heroux, Men's Open Champ

Pierre JeanGirard, Men's 4.0 Singles Champ

Allen Suderman, 65 Senior Singles Champ

Peter Sabat, Men's 4.5 Singles Champ

David Gordon and Pierre JeanGirard, 8.0 Doubles Champs

And final congrats to Dennis Derr and Dennis Specht, who won the Men's 7.0 Doubles.

Last Saturday and Sunday, we celebrated the first weekend of October, hosting a NTRP rating tournament for all members of the USTA. As well as our local tennis talent, we also saw players from LA, Huntington Beach, and Bakersfield, wrapping the event with 101 entrances, including players taking part in multiple divisions. Congrats to the following who all excelled in their class . . .

Brandon Keeley Men’s 4.0 Singles Champ

Hannah and Bill Bowen, Mixed 3.5 Champs

Jonathan Star, Men’s Open Champ (R) and Andrew Whitehouse, Runner Up (L)

Colbey Shae Emery and Casey Lee Emery, Women's Open Doubles Champs
(Casey Lee also won the Women's Open Singles)

Cruz Thayne and David Thayne, Men's Open Doubles Champs

Daryl Carlton 4.5 Singles Champ

Enrique Dondonay, 4.0 Singles Champ

Diane Merade and Jen Sutman, Ladies Doubles 4.0 Champs

Jim Trzaska and Buddy Turl, Men’s Doubles 4.0 Champs

Beyond competing, team camaraderie and friendship amongst members is always in play, both on and off the courts . . .



And none more so than with our awesome tennis pros . . .

Chris Dudeck and Brooke Gabbey

But of course there is a lot more to WAC than tennis. Our year-round heated pool is always a main attraction for our dedicated swimmers . . .



Although admittedly some are more physically active at the pool than others . . .


And the fitness center continues to bustle, with our trainers, like Patti Markowitz, hard at work helping you to achieve your goals . . .


Don’t forget about our new Yoga Wall, which will be fully installed in the next two weeks. Body Sculpting classes start on November 2nd, led by our very own Holly Butler. She will be teaching a mixture of floor exercises and resistance training utilizing the wall, to get you in your best shape both on and off the tennis courts.

The wall is used as a prop to deepen asana by opening and creating space in the body using therapeutic techniques. This unique practice utilizes gravity as a natural form of resistance, which helps develop strong core muscles. The Wall allows one to do hundreds of different poses including standing postures, forward and backward bends, twists and inversions. Come in and try this phenomenal class, and create a more functional, balanced and strengthened body. Class schedule will be announced shortly . . .


Yogi’s, a schedule change to note is Yoga on Monday and Wednesday evenings, which is now held at 5.30 pm. Please check the schedule as new classes are being added.

Some fun upcoming events to watch out for at WAC include . . .

For our Junior members . . . Get ready to spook out at our Annual Spooktacular Halloween Junior Tennis Party, held on Friday, October 23rd, from 6-9 pm. Enjoy tournaments, games, clinics, dinner, drinks, a spooky tunnel, Trick-or-Treat bags, and prizes. Wear your scariest costume, and get ready for a lot of Halloween fun! $30 per player, with sign-up at the Front Desk until Wednesday, October 21st. Be there or be scared . . .

Coming up on November 2, is the K-Swiss Friday Night Lightening Tournament. Open to any age and gender, this is a Doubles Event in which players will compete for cash prizes and gift certificates. More news to come soon so keep an eye out at the Front Desk, or ask Chris or Calle if you see them around the club.

Happy October, Members! We wish you all a fantastic autumn, and look forward to enjoying this exciting month with you.

Fitness Stuff

Meet your Trainers

imgPatti Markowitz
Patti has been helping people stay healthy and fit for over 20 years. Patti feels that fitness is the cornerstone to overall health and wellness and that getting fit is the first step to gaining a new and healthy lifestyle. As a certified personal trainer Patti specializes in custom training routines and likes to challenge and encourage her clients to surpass their physical and mental boundaries. As your trainer she will take your health and wellness personally, working alongside you to help achieve all of your fitness goals. With your determination and her dedication you can make anything happen.

imgBrooke Wedding:
Elite Spartan Racing Athlete
2015 World Championship Contender
NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist
NASM Performance Enhancement Trainer and Personal Trainer
Tennis Professional PTR 10&U,11-17, Adult Development, High Performance


imgKatie Whittaker
Katie specializes in aquatic exercise, yoga, and meditation, as well as in strength, toning and cardiovascular training. She also offers nutrition counseling and weight management. Creator of "Aqua Yoga," she uses water and land exercise to compassionately assist clients both pre and post surgery. Katie is certified in fitness instruction by the National Arthritis Association, the Yoga Alliance, the Aquatic Exercise Association, the American Council on Exercise, and the National Association of Sports Medicine. Katie has guided hundreds of clients to better health for more than 10 years.


imgPeter Loncto
Peter Loncto is a longtime resident of Westlake Village and the newest member of our training staff. As a National Association of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer and TRX Suspension Training instructor, he blends his passion and enthusiasm for fitness with his knowledge and experience to motivate and challenge his clients to feel their best.

"When I first met with John Sutcliffe a year ago and he shared his vision of a first rate fitness center, I was excited to have an opportunity to work with my neighbors in our fantastic community. After learning of his commitment to Technogym, I was all in! The Technogym philosophy of Wellness, their unique, elegant Kinesis One stations with an emphasis on adaptive, functional movement, and their unequaled interactive capability place them far out in front of any other traditional gym equipment. Some of you may have seen me in the Fitness Center over the last month, working out and becoming familiar with the literally thousands of movements possible with the Technogym system. Every day I am more impressed with Technogym's versatility and applicability to all levels of fitness. Whether your goal is a better backstroke, more tee-to-green distance, weight loss and toning, or just feeling your best, Technogym offers dozens of programs and the ability to customize a wellness program just for you.

I look forward to meeting all of you in the coming months and welcome the chance to assist you in identifying your Wellness goals, and working with you to achieve them. Please feel free to ask me any questions you may have. It would be an honor to be part of your Wellness journey.

Group Exercise Schedule

 Day            Time  Teacher
 5:30-6:30pm      Cindy
 Tue/Thurs  9:00-10am  Katie
 Tue/Thurs  6:00-7:00pm  Katie             
 Wed 5:30-6:30 pm Beth
 Sat  8:30-9:30am  Katie
 Sun  9:00-10:00am  Katie/Cindy


Masters Swim

imgKevin Lane, Swim Instructor & Coach

Kevin Lane is the Assistant Swim Coach of California Lutheran University Men's and Women's Swim Team. He is also an adjunct instructor at CLU, teaching swimming, and a Masters Swim Coach at Westlake Athletic Club (Certified USMS Level 2).

In addition to coaching, Kevin teaches swimming to all ages and levels here at the WAC. You may have seen him working with students in the pool.

He teaches private one on one lessons as well as groups of two students. His lessons run from 30 mins to an hour, and are for beginners, intermediate, all the way to the competitive student. Kevin has a reputation as a warm and caring instructor who is very intuitive when comes to each individual's needs. With years of experience, he understands how to get the best out of each student at every lesson.

Kevin started swimming and competing at the age of seven. Growing up in Connecticut, he continued to swim through his teen years on the club level, setting many Connecticut State records. He represented Connecticut Swimming as an all-star team member, and traveled and competed against other all-star teams. Moving on to Southern Connecticut State University, a top ten NCAA Division II School, he competed on the national level and set school records in the in the 200 fly and in relays. In his senior year he was elected captain of his team.

After college, Kevin continued to train, compete and coach, eventually winning the Masters One Mile Open Rough Water National Championship for his age group. For over 20 years Kevin has been teaching swimming, coaching on the college, masters and novice level. He has just completed his fifth year of college coaching at CLU.

Kevin brings to the Westlake Athletic Club an enthusiastic love of swimming, with over 20 years of experience as a swim instructor, swim coach and competitor. Kevin looks forward to helping others advance in the water, as they learn how wonderful and positive the swimming experience is. As spring and summer approaches, Kevin encourages all members and families to get out and start a regular exercise program that includes swimming.

Masters Swim Schedule
Mon & Wed 12 to 1pm
Tues & Thurs 5:30 to 6:30am
Tues & Thurs 6:15-7:30pm
Sat 7 to 8:15am

Tennis Stuff

Video clip from Chris Dudeck, Co-Director at WAC


Video clip from Calle Hansen, Co-Director at WAC


Tennis Clinics

Calle’s Wednesday LIVEBALL time change. From Wednesday, September 16th, the clinic will be held 6.00 – 7.30pm.

Match Finder

Steve Hamburger, Lynn Abroms, and Bill Ries are looking for USTA or self rated 3.5 players for doubles and mixed doubles. The group plays two or three times a week, week days 8:30am to 11am. Steve and Bill maintain an e-mail listing and help coordinate the matches. If interested please e-mail Steve at stevehamburger@gmail.com.

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