WISC Channel 3 – Area swim clubs try to become more inclusive

This year Monona Swim & Dive is going to bring a more inclusive environment at the 2018 All City Swim Meet! Find about about one of MO’s swimmers and what this opportunity means to him and his family.

Area swim clubs try to become more inclusive

ByMadeline Westberg

MONONA, Wis. – Nine-year-old Rylee Ganshert is jumping in, thanks to the Monona Swim and Dive Club.

“Rylee seems like a typical nine-year-old boy,” Katie Ganshert, Rylee’s mother, said on Saturday. “What you don’t see are some of the struggles he goes through day-in and day-out.”

Every swim club in Madison is trying to make sure swimmers like Rylee have a chance to participate by joining the Unified Swim Group.

“Everyone really deserves to be a part of a team,” Brian Johnson, a parent at Monona Swim Club, said. He noted that he believes every kid should have an opportunity like his.

“It makes me really proud that Monona is one of the teams leading this charge,” Johnson said.

The Monona Unified Group has five swimmers this year, but team members hope that number will grow.

“The goal is to make sure that every kid can join. And when we say all, we mean all,” Johnson said

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