CLUBS LAKE ASHTON PICKLEBALL ASSOCIATION (LAPA) By Becky Wilson The Pickleball Association is comprised of residents who enjoy Pickleball, from Beginners to Masters of the game! Residents are not required to join the Association in order to enjoy the courts. However, LAPA is a great way to connect with other players, enjoy the social part of being a member, and support LA Pickleball! Here are a few things LAPA does: • Supplies all balls for the courts • Plans and orchestrates various fun times with mixers and social gatherings for members • Represents its members and works with the HFC to help the court usage run smoothly • Purchases needed and desired items (benches, storage unit, additional wind screens, paddles that are available for use by beginner players, bulletin board, etc.) when the HFC does not have available funds • Membership gives eligibility to try out and play on League Teams. The fees are paid by LAPA and not the individual players. These Leagues are representative of Lake Ashton in numerous neighboring communities. They are also fun to come out and watch! Those are just some of the benefits of joining LAPA! If you have any questions, please email lakeashtonpickleball@gmail.com. If you would like to join, fill out a short membership form at the Clubhouse, and pay your dues (check only) — which are quite reasonable! Membership is $10 per person per year, or $25 per person for three years. Membership dues run from October 1 through September 30. The Bulletin Board outside the court fence has a calendar of playing times. Come on by and take a look! Hopefully this have given you a little insight into Lake Ashton Pickleball Association! WHAT IS THE LA SWIM CLUB? By Sandy White A lady at the indoor pool recently confessed she didn't know what the Swim Club does, so the start of a new year sounds like a good time to share this information with LA neighbors. Almost four years ago, several fitness swimmers commented that they were bored just doing the same old laps and didn't like swimming alone. So, they put their heads together and formed the LA Swim Club with the goal of working out together 2-3 times a week. The HFC Manager agreed to reserve the pool and we some swim workout equipment was donated. Not long after getting organized, it was discovered that swimmers at other 55+ communities participated in one or more of the (now) 31-year-old Florida Senior Games age group swimming competitions. These multi-sport events take place throughout the year in 21 regions, one of which is our Polk Co. Senior Games. The regional games also serve as qualifiers for the state senior swimming championships each December. So, now the club has morphed into two overlapping groups: a fitness group that does a printed general workout, and a senior games competitive group. Both swim under the guidance of an experienced swim coach. As a result, a number of swimmers have competed in regional swim meets, and a few have qualified and participated in the state championships, and even the national games. All have come home with personal satisfaction, and most have brought home medals, which are awarded by age group to the top three females & top three males in each of 14 events. In addition to swimming, there are usually one or more club socials. Anyone who can swim at least two lengths of the pool and would like to use swimming to improve their fitness or aim for the senior games is welcome to join our club and workout with us (Mondays at 6 pm, Wednesdays at 1:45 pm, and Saturdays at 10 am). For more information, contact volunteer coach Sandy at sandyw1994@aol.com.

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