LARAMIE, Wyo. -
A pair of new faces welcomed swimming campers to the Wyoming Swim Camp run by head coach Tom Johnson this year as Rajib Dey, a native of Guwahati, India became the first international guest coach of the camp. He was joined by former NCAA Champion and United State Paralympic coach Dave Denniston.
UW Swimming Camps features 270 swimmers from the region. Johnson is in his 16th year of the camp that runs from June 5-28.
"It was a lot of fun to have new blood into the camp," Johnson said. "It is nice to give the kids a fresh perspective from someone new."
The friendship between Dey and Johnson grew two years ago over email. From there, the friendship grew to text and willingness from both parties to bring Ragib to Laramie. Johnson planned on bringing Rajib last summer, but Dey helped coach his athletes from India at the Commonwealth Games.
Dey, a staff member at the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati has an extensive coaching background. Other than his work at the collegiate level he is a FINA Coach and helped lead his country at the Commonwealth and Asian Games.
"Rajib did a great job and gave us a great perspective on how we can make our camp better and we appreciated his input," Johnson said. "We had a great opportunity to give the kids a different philosophy on the sport of swimming."
He is also a prominent component for growing the sport in his country and the world. Dey was part of the United Nations Third International Forum on Sports for Peace and Development in 2013 representing India. The forum was held at the UN headquarters in New York. This event is jointly organized by the UN Office on Sports for Development and Peace and the International Olympic Committee. His paper `Golden Journey from Pond to Podium' was also accepted for presentation in the forum.
Denniston, an NCAA Champion and 15-time All-American, who has a close relationship with Johnson attended camp over the weekend. Denniston is the U.S. Paralympic coach and made the U.S. Swimming Team for the 2008 Paralympic games in Beijing, China.
"Dave really threw himself into camp and we show his video of breaststroke turns so it was great to get him in camp and have the kids talk to him in person," Johnson said.
The camp wraps up this weekend with a three-day start and turn camp in Corbett Pool.