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ALBEMARLE NEIGHBOR

Weiss, YMCA gearing up for 15th Birthday Party

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Christina Weiss is aquatics director for the Albemarle Family YMCA in Elizabeth City.

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By Anna Goodwin McCarthy
Correspondent

Saturday, December 1, 2018

The YMCA has been a part of Christina Weiss’ life since she was a young girl growing up in Portsmouth, Va.

She has fond memories of participating in activities at the YMCA with her family. Weiss now helps create some of those same memories for youngsters as district aquatics director for the Albemarle Family YMCA in Elizabeth City.

Weiss has worked with the Albemarle Family YMCA for 12 years. She began as a swim instructor.

“I think my favorite moments are when you see a child who is not very comfortable in the water accomplish something big on their own,” said Weiss.

Whether it is learning to put their face in the water or diving off the block for the first time, Weiss finds joy in witnessing their growing confidence.

“All those little things are why I am passionate about the Y’s mission,” she said.

Three of the swim classes the YMCA offers to participants are Water Exercise, Water Fit and Water in Motion. The YMCA also offers a Y swim team for children up to age 18.

“There are different classes for everybody’s ability,” said Weiss.

Weiss said the YMCA offers group and private swimming lessons for both children and adults.

“The Masters Swim program is a great way to stay fit,” she said.

The Albemarle Family YMCA is celebrating its 15th anniversary, and Weiss is looking forward to the YMCA’s 15th Birthday Party event on Saturday, Dec. 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is open to the public. Activities will include group exercise and fitness challenges. A “Jingle Mingle By the Pool” event is scheduled from 11 a.m. to noon.

A Cookies with Santa event for YMCA members only will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Members can reserve a spot for the event by contacting the YMCA at 334-9622.

The birthday celebration will conclude with cake and a group photo at 12:30 p.m.

“Our community has done a fantastic job of supporting the Y,” said Weiss.

Weiss lives in Elizabeth City with her husband, Joe, and their children, MalloryAnn, Holley and Carter.

A list of YMCA class descriptions and schedules is available at https://www.ymcashr.org/downloadable-schedules-albemarle-family-ymca.

For more information about the Albemarle Family YMCA’s 15th Birthday Party, visit https://m.facebook.com/events/896212467433246. 

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