Opening Soon – The BHP Billiton YMCA Brings State-of-the-Art Aquatics Center to Northwest Louisiana and Hires Local Talent to Prepare
[Shreveport, Louisiana – September 20, 2016] – With the opening of the new BHP Billiton YMCA just four months away, the YMCA of Northwest Louisiana is preparing to open the doors. This month, the Y welcomes Mason McGee as the new Aquatics Director.
Mason, a Shreveport native and lifetime swimmer, is a graduate of North Carolina State University where he competed as a 4-year Varsity Letter Winner for the NC State Swim Team. During his time at NC State he competed in both the US Open Swimming Championships and the United States Olympic Trials. Mason went on to receve a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans before moving back to Shreveport, where he completed a residency at LSU Health Sciences Center. Prior to his acceptance of the YMCA position, he has worked as a Physical Therapist for the Willis-Knighton Health System.
The Y is gearing up to make a big splash with the addition of 2 year-round indoor pools, both with significant benefits to our members, our community and our economy. The family pool, which includes a zero entry area, a splash pad, handicap accessabile chair lift and therapy bench, will be a place that individuals and families can come throughout the year to have fun, enhance their swimming abilities and in some cases utilize the pool for therapeutic needs. The 50-meter competition pool will be a place where the sport of swimming can come alive in Northwest Louisiana. Our many competitive youth swimmers, triathletes, and master swimmers, will not only have state of the art facilities to train in, but they will be able to host quality local and regional competitions, which will have a substantial impact on our economy over the years.
“We are thrilled to have Mason join our team at the Y. His experience, his energy and his enthusiasm for our local swim community are wonderful assets as we look to open these new facilities. We truly believe that this new Y is a game changer for our entire community. With these pools, we want to give everyone in our community the opportunity to learn to swim, to enjoy the benefits of being in the water, and for those competitive local swimmers to be proud to welcome athletes from around the region to compete in their hometown.” – Gary Lash, CEO, YMCA of Northwest Louisiana
Mason is already working hard with the rest of the Y team to build programs that will utilize the new facilities to their maximum potential. Aquatics Programming will include:
– Competitive, USA Swimming registered, age group swim team
– U.S. Masters swim team
– Private and group swim lessons
– Open swim and recreational swim opportunities
– Water based aerobics classes
– SUP paddle board Yoga