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New director takes reins at South Boston/Halifax County YMCA

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YMCA Executive Director Brent Gaither / September 23, 2021

The South Boston/Halifax County YMCA is waiving the $100 enrollment fee through the end of September and is working to resume popular offerings like the YMCA swim team and after-school program under new Executive Director Brent Gaither, who started work on Aug. 30.

“The YMCA strives to be affordable for every income level,” said Gaither, pointing to the discounts provided to seniors, Y membership assistance, and discounts for individual programs.

Gaither is a native of small-town Mocksville, N.C., which lies southwest of Winston-Salem, N.C. some two hours from Halifax County. He has relocated to downtown South Boston and said he feels like he is back home. Gaither has worked for the YMCA in many capacities, from leader of youth programs to executive director of a Y in Spokane, Wash.

In the months ahead, Gaither hopes to re-establish the swim team and after-school program.

“We have a great working relationship with the local schools and have been communicating with one another,” said Gaither, adding youth programs are gearing back up after the pandemic.

The Y youth soccer program kicked off last Saturday. There is still time to sign up. Kids practice on weekdays and play games on Saturday.

Sign-ups for swim lessons are underway. Contact the office staff for age and class information, for private, group, or family lessons. Lap swim and open swim is available every day other than Tuesdays and Thursdays. YMCA aquatics director is Will Wallace.

A YMCA membership includes two personal training sessions. Either Clint Johnson or Angela Smith can help provide instruction for using exercise equipment that is customized to the member’s goals.

“The personal trainer’s goal is to increase your comfort zone in the gym,” said Gaither.

Also, groups can schedule times to work out with a personal trainer. Gaither said friends tend to show up for one another to exercise and enjoy time together.

“Folks enjoy the group activities and there is positive motivation for one another,” said Gaither.

There are numerous classes offered in the morning and evenings — such as intense core workouts, cycling, strength training, line dancing and yoga.

Another great benefit of the YMCA is 24-hour access. Any member can enjoy the weight room and exercise equipment for less than $5 a month, in addition to their regular membership fee. This gives night owls and earler risers a chance to get in their exercise.

“I’m excited to be living downtown and look forward to meeting new people,” said Gaither.

For more information about the YMCA of South Boston/Halifax County, give them a call at 434-572-8909. The YMCA is located at 650 Hamilton Boulevard in South Boston.

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