Everyone has roots; where they got started. For Olympic swimmer and Indiana native, Blake Pieroni, his roots stem from Duneland Swim Club and Chesterton Swimming and Diving in Chesterton, IN. Before he won a gold medal at the 2016 Olypmic Games in Rio de Janeiro, he was putting in work under head coach Jim Voss of Duneland and then head coach Kevin Kinel at Chesterton High School. Pieroni now swims for coach Ray Looze at Indiana University; alongside numerous other Hoosier Olympians.
The philosophy of athletics in this small town are simple:
It is the belief of those concerned with the development of youth that membership and participation in co-curricular and extracurricular activities have a positive effect in the development of constructive attitudes for citizenship and life skills.
The co-curricular and extracurricular phase of the educational program is an area in which leaders of youth have a unique opportunity to instill desirable qualities, among which may be principles of justice, fair play, good sportsmanship, respect for rules and authority, respect for others, respect for one’s own health and physical well-being, development of leadership, group pride, team work, self-discipline, and self-sacrifice.
It is the position of Duneland that participation in co- and extracurricular activities is a privilege extended to individuals who have the ability to perform and the character to conduct themselves in the proper manner. When students choose to participate in co- and extracurricular activities, they place themselves in the public eye. Participants are expected to behave at all times in a manner which portrays a positive image of themselves, the team, the school, and the community.
This interview was filmed on August 3, 2016 at Conner Prairie Interactive History Museum in Fishers, IN. More information on these swim programs can be found via the following links:
Varsity Swimming & Diving