Coach Karen Fair

Coach Karen Fair was a late bloomer in the sport of swimming. At age 25, she joined the US Masters team of which her brother (David) was the Assistant Coach to Kristin Lilly (1988 Olympic Trials). Karen dove right in to swim for fitness but vowed to “never, ever, ever compete”. After reading every swimming book she could get her hands on and then discussing with her current coach, Karen was hooked and a hot streak of swimming and coaching would run parallel. Karen was hired on to coach the age group team at Healthpoint in Waltham, MA, and started competing herself. With two New England relay records (200m Medley and 200m Free) and three National Top 10 times (800m Free, One Hour Swim, One Hour Swim relay) to her name, as well as numerous regional and open water podium finishes (including 2nd place in the 2-man relay division of the Swim Around Key West, June 2009), she has a passion for racing, and a deep commitment to the community of coaches and athletes that got her there. Her current swimming focus is to become a National Long Distance All-Star for 2010. In addition to her swimming and coaching, Karen is writing human-interest features for her Boston Swimming Examiner column at She never gets tired of hearing about the goals and journeys of her sport-mates, whether they are at a fitness or elite level, and is thrilled at the possibility of being a part of making those goals a reality.