April Employee of the Month – Sophia Capeles

April 17th, 2019

We have been fortunate here at Granite Falls Swim and Athletic club to have had a succession of outstanding young people bring their talents and time to the organization. Heritage High School Junior Sophia Capeles not only continues this tradition, she exemplifies it.

Believe it or not, Sophia is a veteran here at the club. She has volunteered for the past three years in the Aquatics department before becoming a full-fledged employee this year. “I work 4-8 p.m. coaching swim team and teaching swim lessons”, she relates. “I really enjoy coaching and working with kids and the job is a great opportunity.”

Sophia’s drive and maturity are on full display as she works with her students and swimmers. She also doesn’t let up in her academic life either as she is set to graduate early from Heritage in January 2020. Asked to describe her life away from work she said, “School and work take up most of my time. In my free time on the weekends, I enjoy time with my family recuperating from the week”!

Just as in everything she does, Sophia takes life head on. “Mind over matter would be my philosophy for everything”, she states. “Life can be challenging and overwhelming. I like to tell my swimmers this because sometimes we hold ourselves back because we’re uncomfortable or something seems to hard and I like to remind them to push through.”

To say the future is bright for one who has such a firm handle on the formula for success would be an understatement. But for now, we are blessed to have such a positive influence and outstanding young coach on the Granite Falls team. Congratulations Sophia our Employee of the Month.


April 12th, 2019

A raucous crowd of over 50 participants, friends and instructors celebrated the conclusion of the 2019 Granite Falls Swim and Athletic Club Biggest Chooser campaign.

“We had 11 teams, but really we were all on the same team”, Fitness Director Jeremy Buchholz declared as he kicked off the awards program. He then asked the group, “Show of hands who thought the12 weeks of hard work were worth it.” Every participant readily agreed!

Overall the group the group of 100 plus participants lost 7.43% of their starting body weight. That translates into nearly 1800 pounds lost! In addition, 30 individuals lost more than 10% of their beginning body weight with Todd Robinson leading the way with an astonishing 19.8% loss.

This year’s winner was Team Yellow captained by Shannon Whalen as they outpaced second place Team Charcoal 10.92% to 10.64%. “At our first meeting my team told me they were – in it to win it, “Whalen recalled. “And they weren’t kidding – they did it!”

Whalen went on to identify determination and dedication as the keys to the winning formula. “I wanted to keep them motivated,” she said. “I was on their (butts). After we lost focus one week, we had a meeting and the team rallied.”

With the win, each team member received a personally embroidered backpack, a championship medal and a supply of Granite Falls goodies. Director Buchholz summed up the success this way. “My biggest takeaway is that diet and exercise has changed the way they feel,” he explained. “My hope is that they keep the habits they have developed over the past 12 weeks.

Congratulations to Team Yellow and all of this year’s participants. They truly have all won as the lost!

New Gym Equipment Has Arrived!

April 5th, 2019

We are excited to announce that your new equipment on the gym floor has arrived! We will be holding free orientations for members who are interested in learning about the new equipment. A knowledgeable Personal Trainer will walk you through the in’s and out’s of our brand new Matrix selectorized gym equipment. See below for more info.

5 Reasons Why Every Kid Should Go To Summer Camp

April 5th, 2019

Camps are fun. But why are they important? Is there more to them than just silly games and crazy songs? Way more! In a world gone tech crazy, sometimes the great outdoors is just that: great. As someone who has a real passion for the camp experience here are 5 reasons why every child should go to camp.

At camp your child will…

Develop Independence

Camp is the perfect place for kids to practice making decisions for themselves without parents and teachers guiding every move. Our camp counselors will help manage their daily choices in the safe, caring environment of camp, children welcome this as a freedom to blossom in new directions.

Learn Social Skills 

Coming to our camp means joining a close-knit community where everyone must agree to cooperate and respect each other. While attending our camp, kids share chores, resolve disagreements, and see firsthand the importance of sincere communication

Make True Friends

Camp at Granite Falls is the place where kids make their very best friends. Free from the social expectations pressuring them at school, camp encourages kids to relax and make friends easily. All the fun at camp draws everyone together— singing, laughing, talking, playing, and doing almost everything together. Everyday, camp creates friendships.

Unplug From Technology 

When kids take a break from TV, video games, YouTube and the Internet, they rediscover their creative powers and engage the real world— real people, real activities, and real emotions. They realize, there’s always plenty to do.

Spend the Day Being Physically Active

As children spend so much time these days inside and mostly sitting down, camp provides a wonderful opportunity to move. Our campers will have plenty of time to run, climb and jump during our park visits Kidsfit classes and special weekly themed games/activities. They will also be able to progress their swim skills during our daily swim lessons and free swim! We’re all about that action at the Camps of Granite Falls!

March Employee of the Month – Cindy Nowak

March 27th, 2019

A good deal of business success, or for that matter life success, depends on a strong first impression. We often base our opinions on how we are greeted and how this makes us feel. Meet Cindy Nowak, this month’s Granite Falls Swim and Athletic Club Employee of the Month.

“I take pride in my job, “Cindy relates. “Because I am the first person the members see coming to Granite Falls and I greet them with a smile.” It is evident from Cindy’s pleasant demeanor and work ethic that she truly enjoys what she does.

Cindy is married with three children. “I enjoy being a mother. It is my greatest accomplishment, “she says. The family moved to North Carolina three years ago and Cindy acknowledges that they “love country living”!

Cindy’s winning work philosophy is simple and strong. “I believe everything happens for a reason, “she declares. “You can’t control everything in life. God has a plan.” And that plan is working beautifully for Cindy as she brings a smile and a helping hand at the hub of all the club activity.

Please join us in congratulating Cindy Nowak – the Granite Falls Swim and Athletic Club Employee of the Month!