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When most of us think about a workout at a gym, the image of someone twirling a baton would not be top of mind.
But that’s what Lauren Foster did for years at the Green Y. An empty racquetball room, with its high ceilings and enclosed walls, was their prime place to try out a new routine or perfect the feat for the next competition.
Besides the Y felt comfortable. The Fosters had been coming there for years, enrolling their daughters in the swim program and other youth sports that piqued their interests. Lauren, the youngest, eventually worked at the Y, becoming a youth dance instructor before joining the ranks of Lifeguard and swim instructor in 2016. The jobs fit her lifestyle, being close to home and accommodating her studies and activities at Green High School, where among other things, she was a feature twirler with the Green High School Marching Band and a vital member of the school’s swim team.
Lauren still dons her red swimsuit and whistle to guard and instruct at the Y, when home from college. It’s in her blood.
“I drive my family crazy whenever we go to another pool or beach because I am continually scanning the area and commenting on what people are doing that is unsafe. I am never off-duty, “she said.
But Lauren’s diligence extends far beyond the water.
She is a competitive baton twirler and Collegiate Feature Twirler representing Grove City College in Pennsylvania. She recently won top titles for her association with The Modernettes (from Pittsburgh) including the Grand National Twirling Corporation title and a gold medal at the World Federation Baton Twirling Championship in Norway. And she still swims regularly.
She credits the YMCA for much of her success. “I would not be the athlete that I am t today without the YMCA Youth Sports programs. Starting in the youth swim program, I learned how to set goals and practice hard. The coaches, there, motivated us to do our best. I never forgot that.”
Lauren plans to take the Y values and practices with her as she pursues a career as a Child Life Specialist.