Tag Archives: Glenn McCormick

Diving facility hopes sinking

By Jim Thomas (Originally posted on ocregister.com)

Longtime Long Beach-based diving coach Debby McCormick is confused and alarmed by what is, at the very least, a delay in implementing a plan to build a state-of-the-art aquatics facility to replace the condemned Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool.

Long Beach Councilman Gary DeLong, who spearheaded the planned project that was approved unanimously by the City Council on Feb. 12, 2013, is frustrated and worried the city will waste a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

All-time great U.S. diver Greg Louganis, who did some of his training in Long Beach during his glorious career, can’t really understand what the holdup is, either, saying construction of a facility that will bring national and international events to Long Beach is “a no-brainer.”

The source of their concern is the city’s apparent decision to rethink the project – or at least modify it – because of a dramatic increase in costs, from an estimated $60 million to $100 million and possibly more. For that reason, there will be a special study session at 4 p.m. Tuesday before a regularly scheduled City Council meeting.

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Deep Water Pool with Diving at Belmont Plaza is Good for Long Beach Business

By Jessica Pollack

 Will the City of Long Beach take advantage of a ONCE IN A GENERATION opportunity?

When completed in 1968, the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool was the premier aquatics facility in the country and a jewel for the City of Long Beach.  Now that the pool has been condemned and is to be rebuilt, the City has a one-time opportunity to once again showcase our beautiful city to the rest of the world.

It is time now for the City of Long Beach to come through with its promise to provide a new world class, state-of-the-art aquatics facility, including a deep water diving pool, to replace the condemned Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool, as the Long Beach City Council unanimously approved on February 12, 2013.

In its 45 years of active use from August 1968 through January 2013, the original Belmont pool lauded the finest athletes and coaches in aquatics. The most decorated Long Beach Olympian is a diver. Some have won two Olympic medals and Misty May Treanor has won three, but only one Long Beach aquatics athlete has won four Olympic Gold Medals – Pat McCormick with 4 Olympic Gold Medals in Diving. In addition, several of our local diving, swimming and water polo coaches served multiple times as Olympic coaches.

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McCormick Divers Up-and-Coming Athletes

During this year’s 2012 Glenn McCormick Memorial Diving Invitational, Debby was approached by a man that was curious on our event.  I never did get the chance to meet this gentleman, but from Debby’s recollection, he was a very nice and cordial and genuinely wanted to know the happenings of us, McCormick Divers, and the meet.  Well, a few days later after our meet, I get a link to this story about our divers and Debby from a slightly different perspective.  Needless to say, its a short but fine article and make a case for our sport in Long Beach.

So here it is, and enjoy:

Future Olympic and Diving Champs Being Trained in California @ SeeCalifornia.com

Glenn McCormick Memorial Invite 2012

Congratulations to all the divers, coaches, and parents who participated in the 2012 Glenn McCormick Memorial Invitational this past January 21st – 22nd.  Meet preparations were difficult in light of the recent maintenance closures to the Belmont Plaza Pool in Long Beach, but this didn’t hinder a fantastic turnout from clubs from all over Southern California.  Turn and Burn Divers were gracious enough to share the beautiful Riverside Aquatics Complex and their helping hands.  With chilling temperatures, wind, and rain divers faced very harsh conditions but dove with courage.  Diving requires sharp mental focus that only becomes more important in bad weather situations such as those during the weekend events.  We are proud of all the divers who held their handstands in the wind and did their hardest springboard dives when it was difficult to feel their feet, yet still pointed their toes as gracefully as ever.  What a fine tribute to the late Glenn McCormick, coach and founder of McCormick Divers.