(Carrollton, Ga. April 28, 2016) Swim Across America, a national nonprofit dedicated to raising money for cancer research through nationwide swimming events, has selected Central High School sophomore Amelia Farmer, on behalf of her Carrollton Bluefins Swim Club, to join other elite swimmers for the inaugural Swim Across America Junior Advisory Board.
Twenty students from ten private and public high schools were nominated by their swim coaches and will represent their high schools as ambassadors of Swim Across America which has raised over $60 million dollars for Cancer Research through swim-related events from Coast to Coast. In Atlanta, the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center is the beneficiary, and the Atlanta Open Water Swim is held at Lake Lanier Islands on September 17th.
Miss Farmer will dive into a 6month term and spearhead team-building, awareness and fundraising within Central High School and surrounding community while working amongst Atlanta’s current and former Olympians who help host the Swim. Her team has chosen the name Team Parker.
Carrollton Bluefin’s Swim Coach John Pepper selected Amelia based on her personal passion to help others while leading others in doing the same. “Amelia strives to bring awareness to any cause that she is working with and gives 100% to everything,” said Coach Pepper.
2016 Olympic Hopeful Amanda Jo Weir, two-time Olympian as a member of the 2004 and 2012 Games, will advise and mentor the board, while simultaneously training for the upcoming Olympic Trials in July. “Our junior board represents a diverse group of students who have swam and competed a lifetime together through their school swim teams, swim clubs, summer swim leagues,” said Amanda Jo Weir. “Swim Across America allows them to unite for a common cause, develop leadership skills and broaden their circles, all while serving under a dynamic group of Atlanta’s swim elite.” Just weeks after the close of Rio 2016, Amelia will lead Team Parker alongside 20 current and former Olympians, 500 recreational and competitive swimmers, and volunteers in either a 1 mile, 5K or½mile relay course option.