As I am preparing to become a college swim mom and people are asking me about whether year-round swimming is worth it.
Perhaps more than any other sport, swimming is truly a family affair.
“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.”
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.
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.
Here are four real world lessons you learn during setbacks.
To become a leader in this sport and to inspire others to pursue the dream, swimming needs athletes with a “Crazy Love.”
Seems like everyone wants to speculate that Michael Phelps will return to competition and again go for Olympic gold.
If you’ve been in this sport long enough every swimmer has had their share of the best, worst. and those in the middle. Sometimes swimmers don’t even realize what they have until they are gone.
Swimming is an amazing and life-changing sport. You get to be part of an incredible community that becomes a part of you.
As we all know, the most important people our child encounters in their swim journey are teammates and coaches. The coaches are there to teach, and to bring out the best in every swimmer.
Just returned from my first Conference Champs in the NCAA where swimmers actually competed with athletes in another conference – an opportunity to make new friends, test your endurance, and observe the sport from a new perspective.
As the mom of a freshman college swimmer, the role that I play in her beloved swimming has changed so dramatically these last six to seven months.
Of all the great treasures of swimming, nothing is more important or profoundly character-defining as how an athlete responds as a teammate.