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Cunnane banned from MCC

By scarney
Thursday, June 7th, 2012 at 11:35 am in Crime, Moraga, Sports.

Kristen Cunnane, the woman who recently came forward about how she was raped by her P.E. teacher at Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School in the 1990s, had offered to do a free swimming clinic for kids at the Moraga Country Club. The MCC Board won’t let that happen.

Cunnane, who is currently an assistant swimming coach at Cal and was just honored as the top assistant coach in the country by the NCAA, wanted to give back to the swim club she started at in her youth and credits for turning her into the swimmer she became.

The MCC Board decided to ban Cunnane from doing the clinic or speaking at MCC. While the board did not cite a reason, Cunnane believes the board is worried about it looking like they are “siding” with her in regards to the fallout of her rape accusations.

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One Response to “Cunnane banned from MCC”

  1. Jeff Raleigh Says:

    June 7, 2012

    First, on behalf of the Moraga Country Club Board of Directors, its management and its membership let me offer our sincere apologies to Kristen Lewis Cunnane. She is a brave woman whose courage in talking about her ordeal and bringing a sexual predator to justice is an example for all to emulate.

    I made the decision, as Board President, to cancel her proposed swim clinic so that I could make certain that our Board of Directors was aware of her clinic. I did it because there has been a significant amount of coverage of her courageous stand against child abuse and I wanted to make certain that the Board would be prepared should coverage of her clinic take place. I have spoken with the Board and it has unanimously approved her clinic.

    We will welcome her at MCC, where she and her family have been members for many years, to share her experience both as a world class swimmer who started her career as a MCC Mini-wave and set numerous team and pool records before going on to become a member of the UCLA swim team and now as an assistant coach at UC Berkeley.

    I hope that our swim team members learn from Kristen not only about the dedication it takes to succeed at athletics but the courage it takes to stand up for one’s self in situations where a child feels threatened or abused. Kristen has exhibited amazing courage and we are very pleased that she will share her story with our swimmers and other members of MCC.

    I apologize for the controversy this has caused and any distress it caused Kristen and our membership.

    Thomas K. Engberg

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