Swim team for special needs students launches at Brookfield YMCA

January 7, 2018 GMT

BROOKFIELD — The local YMCA is launching a swim team for students with special needs.

The Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut will hold an open house Tuesday for families to meet the coaches of the new team.

The team has formed as part of the Mako Swim Club and will be led by coaches with experience in special education. The lead coach, Katelyn Paige, is a former swimmer, special education teacher at New Canaan High School and coach of the special needs swim team in New Canaan.

“Coach Katey is enthusiastic in starting this new program in Brookfield and looking forward to meeting and instructing new swimmers,” the YMCA said in a release.


Her husband, Jason Paige, who is also the head coach of the Mako Swim Club, will assist Katelyn. He has taught swimming for nearly 20 years and has a degree in physical education, as well as experience with adaptive physical education.

The team will meet from 6 to 6:45 p.m. Tuesdays in the Youth and Development Aquatic Center at 10 Huckleberry Hill Road. The program is $200 and will run from January to June. The team will swim in water six feet deep, so all swimmers must be able to demonstrate the ability to swim at least 25 yards without stopping.

To enroll in the program, swimmers and their families should attend this Tuesday’s event at the Youth and Development Aquatic Center or contact Jason Paige at jpaige@regionalymca.org.