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About CBA

OUR MISSION

To provide the opportunity for swimmers of all ages to develop skills necessary to formulate and attain their goals.  We will encourage the development of such life skills as good sportsmanship, proper work ethic, teamwork, and self-esteem, in order to provide the highest advantages in physical, mental, social education.  The Team values participation of all swimmers regardless of socio-economic background.

 

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LUB HISTORY

The Coastal Bend AllStars swim club began as Coastal Bend Aquatics in the late 1990’s as a privately owned and incorporated swim club founded by world record setter, and Past Canadian World Game & Commonwealth Games, swim team coach, Bill Barton and his daughter Andra Barton, who was a Canadian record holder.  Bill Barton has coached many American & Canadian record holders over the years.  The Bartons coached swimmers who won over fifty South Texas championship gold medals and several Texas Age Group qualifiers and finalists.

Many of the CBA swimmers also represented their respective high schools with distinction, often winning region championships and advancing to the state championships.  In the summer of 2002, the Bartons realized that the Coastal Bend Aquatics swim club would be able to encourage more swimmers of varying socio-economic backgrounds to participate if the club became a non-profit organization.  The Bartons turned the incorporated Coastal Bend AllStars into a non-profit organization.  Bill and Andra believed in the members of their club who by now had become like family, and these members believed in them.
 
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OMPETITION PHILOSOPHY

. . . and the winner is . . . CBA coaching staff does not see the first place person as the only winner.  We look to see who behaves like a winner.  Every swimmer, no matter where they place, has the opportunity to emulate the characteristics of a winner.  We use sport as organized play to demonstrate and measure one’s abilities.  Sport is used more as a vehicle to teach children life skills and how to reach their potential.

We believe in winning.  However, in competition, the important measure is not who collected the most medals, or even who improved the most seconds.  The real measure is who learned the most from the competitive experience . . . CBA engages in a multi-level competition program with USA Swimming that, like our training program, provides challenging, yet success-oriented competitive situations for swimmers of all ages and abilities.  Swimmers are taught to create challenging goals for meets and to relate those goals to practice.