The Three-Year Swim Club

The Three-Year Swim Club

The Untold Story of Maui's Sugar Ditch Kids and Their Quest for Olympic Glory

eBook - 2015
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For readers of Unbroken and The Boys in the Boat comes the inspirational, untold story of impoverished children who transformed themselves into world-class swimmers. In 1937, a schoolteacher on the island of Maui challenged a group of poverty-stricken sugar plantation kids to swim upstream against the current of their circumstance. The goal? To become Olympians. They faced seemingly insurmountable obstacles. The children were Japanese-American, were malnourished and barefoot and had no pool; they trained in the filthy irrigation ditches that snaked down from the mountains into the sugarcane fields. Their future was in those same fields, working alongside their parents in virtual slavery, known not by their names but by numbered tags that hung around their necks. Their teacher, Soichi Sakamoto, was an ordinary man whose swimming ability didn't extend much beyond treading water. In spite of everything, including the...
Publisher: 2015
Branch Call Number: Overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2015. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 6372 KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
ISBN: 9781455579556


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Jul 23, 2016

I loved this story of the swimmers f/Maui - am forwarding it to my daughter who lives/works on Maui

Apr 01, 2016

Publishers' Weekly: From page one, where she writes "Lip-locking lovers perambulated... and holiday makers gathered... under Maxfield Parrish skies," it is evident that Checkoway's ability to set a scene is uncanny and accomplished.

Is this history? or an old-time gossip column? Way too much minutiae for my taste.

Jan 25, 2016

In the tradition of The Boys in the Boat, this book provides a detailed contextual narrative of a little know story in American and world athletic history. A fine combination of personal anecdotes from rich research into the lives and activities those who participated in the saga, the author weaves global events into the life stories of those famous remembered and forgotten. A good and sometimes exciting read, worth it for history and sports enthusiasts.


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