Swimmers in the Shadows

by SwimSwam 2

April 18th, 2015 Opinion, Training

Courtesy of Agustín Artiles Grijalba –Champi-

I never tire of talking about them, praising their abilities and recognising the merit of what they do.

They will probably never win an important trophy – nor do they need to – but they always know how to fully harness their resources. Their intentions are clear and they know how to play their role in the group to the utmost of their ability.

Their success and strength reside in their character; admirable and resilient, always willing to give everything for the good of the team. They enjoy nowhere near the level of popularity they deserve, but they do enjoy the respect of their coach and colleagues; who appreciate and admire them.

They are happy being the hidden stars in the shadows but they know they are important; daring swimmers who go unnoticed by fans but contribute to the most valuable of victories with generosity, input and enthusiasm.

I am thrilled to have them by my side and I never want that to change. I believe they are essential athletes, fighters, and they do a priceless and selfless job. Challenges are more feasible with them around and I know they will never cease to surprise me.

Support them, they will never let you down.

About Agustín Artiles Grijalba –Champi-

Agustín Artiles GrijalbaAgustín has more than 35 years of experience as the Head Coach of some of the most important Spanish swimming teams

He has been the Coach of the Spanish Swimming Team from 2008 to 2012, and has trained the 50 breastroke Spanish national recordman, Hector Monteagudo Espinosa, from 2002 to 2013

Agustín has also trained several international swimmers from the Spanish National Team and from the european and world top ten, as well as paraolimpics athletes with medals and world records in all the different categories.

He has also been accomplished with the award as the Best competition swimming coach in Spain 2006, as several recognition for professional merits.

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6 years ago

I love the sentiment here. Let’s flesh this idea out a little in the second draft so it’s ready for publication. In its current form, it reads as incomplete and pretty vague.

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