Debra Gemmell with her son Andrew at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Why don’t you put the kids on the swim team? It was 13 years ago when a parent from my summer pool club said these words to me. Those 10 words altered the course of my family’s lives for the next 13 years – in a very good way.
Swim Mom Donna Hale: “We always hear about what it’s like to be the mom of a Michael Phelps or a Missy Franklin. Truth is most of us mommies travel through this process with ordinary kids with extraordinary passion.”
“Please strive everyday to be the coach you wish you would have had or the coach you hope for your child. No matter how long you have been coaching, no matter how much you may know, it can always help to consciously remember THIS IS SOMEONE’S CHILD.”
SwimSwam welcomes reader submissions about all topics aquatic, and if it’s well-written and well-thought, we might just post it under…
If you are a swim parent for any duration of time, you will eventually feel the guilty sting of accidentally missing your child’s event.
“By the time we boarded the plane for France, we were feeling pretty confident that all details had been handled. But we were wrong. We had overlooked an essential aspect of traveling with SwimBoy. Caloric intake.”
#4 – You save “vacation days” at work to use for travel to out-of-town meets.
Happy Mother’s Day to Patty Carroll, the mother of one of our writers, and all the other swim moms that have impacted our lives!
We asked readers to send in “Why My Swim Mom Is The Best” and received 100s of submissions. Many thanks for taking the time to submit. We included 12 letters. The 1st in this list is our winner, Emily E Fogle. (Featured Image: Emily and her Swim Mom)
Tell us “why your swim mom is the best” and we’ll post the top three on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11th. (We’ll accept submissions through Saturday morning May 10th, 9am CST.)
Are you looking for a creative, fun way to identify, personalize, and decorate a swimmer’s gear? If so, Sports Studs is the ideal choice!
Swimming Photo Machine, Tim Binning, captures swim parents at the 2013 ACC Swimming and Diving Championships (theswimpictures)
Swim News: “At CAA, Lochte will be handled by a team of agents headed by Lowell Taub. “(Swim Photo Credit: Tim Binning, theswimpictures)
Phelps hugs sister, Hilary, at the 2012 US Olympic Trials (Swim Photo Credit: Tim Binning, the swim pictures)