Donna Hale

Swim Mom Musings: Extraordinary Coaches

If your athlete spends 16-18 years in a sport like swimming, the coaches they experience along the way have a powerful influence over the adults they become.

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Swim Mom Musings: Kindle The Fire

Yesterday was Mother’s Day. This is a memorable day for swim moms because of the intense roll we play in the lives of athletes.

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When It Is Not Everything You Hope For, Still Give It Everything You Have

My beautiful swimmer girl, who was just four years old yesterday, will be transferring next fall. It is a scary and brave decision to alter your course if it is not taking you where you want to go.

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SwimMom Musings: Find Your Circle

Earlier this week, I read an important quote about the importance of finding your circle – or as some call it – your tribe. Nowhere is this more important than in college swimming.

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Swim Mom Musings: Dear Swimmer Girl

Leaving conference champs after you had to scratch the last day due to illness, I realized I’ve never thanked you for all you have taught me about resilience, character, and winning with grace and losing with dignity.

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Swim Mom Musings: A Culture of Kindness

One of the most vital aspects of any team, whether it is high school, club, summer or the NCAA, is creating a culture of kindness and caring – no matter what the sport.

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SwimMom Musings: What is a Swim Mom?

On Mother’s Day, we tend to reflect on the myriad roles we play in the lives of our children.

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Swim Mom Musings: Being a Person of Character

Whether you are Olympic bound, swimming in the NCAA or just enjoying high school or summer swim, the most important ideal that you must embrace is: Be a Person of Character.

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Swim Mom Musings: Choosing the Right Swim Team

August is often the time athletes select clubs for the coming year. Here are a few swim mom tips for helping your child navigate the sometimes murky waters of club selection.

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SwimMom Musings: Be an Original

As I am preparing to become a college swim mom and people are asking me about whether year-round swimming is worth it.

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SwimMom Musings: It’s All About Family

Perhaps more than any other sport, swimming is truly a family affair.

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SwimMom Musings: 5 Things I’ve Learned Being a Swim Mom

“I have been a swim mom for as long as I can remember. Early mornings, wet towels, and broken goggles have been mainstays of my life for more than 13 years.”

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SwimMom Musings: What Is A Coach

Literally thousands of articles have been written about what qualities you find in the very best swim coaches. Having been around this sport for 14 years, I have seen my share of all types of coaches.

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 SwimMom Musings: Loss, Laughter and Learning

Any parent who is raising or has raised a swimmer, knows there are many hidden gems lurking beneath those hours swimming before the sun rises, unexpected twists of fate, and countless moments spent with crazy friends who become more like family than teammates.

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 SwimMom Musings: Endings and Beginnings

Here are four real world lessons you learn during setbacks.

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