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Chuck Burr - Candidate for BOD Member from South Central Zone

Candidate Information

Name: Chuck Burr

LMSC: North Texas

Nominated for: BOD member from South Central Zone

Summary Statement

I have been involved in masters swimming for the past 7 years. I feel it is time for me to become more active on the national level and use the experience I have as a USMS coach and swimmer to share my ideas and passion for the sport.

Response to Questions

Why are you interested in this position and why do you believe you would be a good candidate?

I have been the Head Swim Coach for Team Ridglea Masters – Fort Worth, Texas – since I started the team 7 years ago (approximately 100 members). I would like to represent my team, the North Texas LMSC and the South Central Zone on the national level. I feel my enthusiasm and passion for masters swimming could be shared throughout the country.

What do you consider to be the major issues facing USMS now and in the future? As a person holding an elected position within USMS, how would you address these issues?

I feel that tapping into the high interest in the sport of triathlon could benefit USMS. Here we have a huge group of athletes that need the expertise that USMS can provide. We need them and they need us.

I realize that 75% of all registered masters swimmers don’t compete, AND DON’T WANT TO! We need to understand this better and address these members’ needs more directly.

We need to encourage more people that participate with a registered USMS team to become registered with USMS. I firmly believe that there are thousands of people that participate with USMS clubs that never bother to register. If we were to give each coach an incentive (idea: 0-20 registered members – the coach receives a USMS pen/pencil set; 21-40 registered members – the coach receives a USMS coaching shirt; 41-60 registered members – the coach receives a USMS travel bag; etc.) to get ALL their members registered, we would see a dramatic increase in the overall numbers of members.

Please list USMS committees on which you have served. Include the dates you were on the committees and the names of the committee chairs under whom you served:

USMS Coaches Committee – Chairperson Mo Chambers; 2005, 2006, 2007, and current

Please list any other experience that relates to your qualifications for the position.

Founder of Team Ridglea (www.teamridglea.com) – team finish at last summers national swimming championships in The Woodlands – 20th place; Current masters swimmer – competes regularly on the local and national level; Active ‘On-Deck’ Coach at USMS National Swimming Championships; conducted organized workout for coaches in Anaheim at the USMS Convention in September 2007; Featured masters swim coach in the March/April issue of ‘USMS Swimmer’; current ‘On-Line’ swim coach for USMS – submitting daily organized, structured swim practices on ww.usms.org; currently serves as Coaches Liaison for North Texas Masters swim committee; Director/Co-Head Swim Coach for Water Works 2 Swim Team (USS age-group team in Fort Worth, Texas – 100 member club).

Please list any other information you would like included:

2 – Time Ironman Triathlon finisher (Wisconsin – 2006, Florida – 2007); Swimming professional for the nationally acclaimed Texas Triathlon Camp (www.texastricamp.com) – with Joel Friel and Tom Rogers. B.S. from Texas A& M University – 1979; M.Ed. from Texas Christian University – 1981; partial completion of Ph.D. from University of Texas at Arlington – Urban Affairs.

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