Dear Swim Coach, Thank You

by SwimSwam Staff 17

August 14th, 2015 Club, Lifestyle, Opinion

Courtesy of @swim2win4life

Dear Coach,

Thank you for making me not only a better swimmer, but also a better person. You taught me sportsmanship, teamwork, and to look at life with a positive attitude. Swimming is a team sport and working with others is one of the most important things to learn in life.

Thank you for lending an ear anytime I need to talk. Whether it was about swimming, or drama, or anything else, I knew that you would be there to listen to me. You knew what to say back to me and helped me out if I was in a tough situation.

Thank you for all those pre- race pep talks you gave me. When I was nervous, or even scared, you came up to me behind the blocks, told me to close my eyes, and told me that I could do it. You knew exactly what to say and didn’t say too much to make me over think.

Thank you for believing in me and pushing me to my limits. There were days when I absolutely did not want to do that set that you just scribbled out, but I was able to make it through and get faster. You believed that I could do it, even if I thought I couldn’t.

Thank you for always having my best interest at heart. You never led me down the wrong path and knew what was best for me. Sometimes I had a different opinion for what was best for me, but I’m glad that I listened to you and followed your instructions.

Thank you for understanding that I’m not perfect. I had off days, I had crappy races, heck, I might’ve even thrown up after my first mile, but you helped stand back up and keep going. Instead of getting angry with me, you analyzed my race and helped me improve from there.

Thank you for always sticking by me through my ups and downs. I swam good races and bad races, but no matter what, you were standing by the side of the pool ready to give me feedback on my race. I mean, sometimes I had no idea where you were, but I would eventually spot you in the mass of people.

Thank you for dealing with me every day. Sometimes I was too excited, other days I had the sassiest attitude. You’ve seen the craziest side of me and put up with me on my bad days and I can’t say there are many people in the world who have done both.

Thank you for always sticking by my side. Through all kinds of drama, negativity, and obstacles, I knew that I could count on you to be there for me no matter what. It wasn’t easy, but tough times make tougher people and I’d say we’re pretty tough together.

Thank you for being my coach and thank you for everything that you’ve done for me. There is absolutely no way that I could’ve done this without you. You tell me that I create my own successes, but I needed the right mentor to give me the tools to be successful.

Thank you, Coach.

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Dear Swimmer:

We are in this together, you and me. I would give you everything I have, to help your dreams come true.

And in return, you have just given me the most precious gift of all: your thanks.

You have just refreshed my spirit, renewed my determination and firmed my resolve to become smarter, to study harder, to research more, and to give more: give more to you, Swimmer.

Thank you, for this best ever gift.


A Coach

renee alvarez


Taff Jones

…. and that’s the type of coach I’m inspired to be ……brilliant post ….

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