Shame to miss the London Region

Is it not doubly annoying when you qualify for a regional championships but then can’t take your place in the lanes?

Worked so hard to get to the Regional Winter champs but unfortunately my shoulders have suffered the worst wear ever.

Well, can hope that all the County times for 2019 will at least come in handy. It will take a while to get back to peak fitness after this long break but never give up.

Nan will be an official and Madison can watch live results here.

Basildon weekend

It’s always nice to go to Basildon, it’s a well established club with great swimmers and officials who run it smoothly.

Anybody visiting can pick up a lot of good pointers to take home to our own clubs on how to do things.

They actually have porcelain cups for the tea and coffee, which I prefer instead of the throwaway paper or plastic ones. It’s all those little things that make a competition weekend.

Madison could not compete on that occasion and it is a huge miss not to be able to take part in competitions such as Basildon as the buzz of being an active part of a team makes the swimmer.

But being able to stick out problems and hang in there and hope for a better future in the sport is also important because the life of a swimmer is not just about winning the medals when you are 10 or 12 or 14, 16, 18, it is about making swimming a sport for life and using performance to overcome difficulties and stick to the goals.

In fact the life-style of being a swimmer, the daily routines of early morning AM training, then going to school, then off to the pool again, should become a life-style to carry on throughout the years when getting jobs and going swimming before or after work.

All sports would suffer if every athlete with a temporary problem would drop out. Many of our swimmers won medals yesterday and without a doubt will win them today and Madison can look at those medals she won in Basildon previously and savour the moment and the memory.

As a parent, I had my first practise as starter and I enjoyed it tremendously. Thanks to Basildon and the referees for giving me the chance.

 

I am still around

Still going to training regularly with the performance squad but haven’t been competing since the end of last season, e.g. August 2018.

Have already obtained 8 County times for this season during last season.

Don’t be put off by injury. Even though swimming is a very active sport with constant competitions, having an injury is no reason at all to drop out of the sport.

You can continue training and keep fit, even if you can’t enter every competition for a while.

Don’t let your coach tell you otherwise because if you love swimming you will want to stick with it.

Just thought, that swimming is the ideal sport for hyper active kids. Stick anybody into a swimming club and even the most lively kid will be tired by the end of the day, with little time left for being hyper-active.

Think about it if your child attends morning training before school, by the time they get into the benches, they will already have spent all excess energy during the AM session and if they get active again the after-school training session will take care of that.

Doctors should prescribe more sport less pills.

I think the key is to get parents involved as much as the children to develop the healthy life-style for the whole family.

Helping parents

There are actually a lot of parents who stay on in a sport whilst their children have dropped out of it.

Many sports clubs rely entirely on their volunteers to function and those dreaded but necessary officials often take years to acquire the necessary knowledge to do the job well.

No competition can take place without officials and it is done by volunteers, especially in swimming who do not get paid for doing that job.

We recently had several swimming competitions cancelled for lack of officials and who suffers from that, it is the young swimmers who cannot compete.

But that is due to the fact that not enough parents are helping and not enough parents are becoming officials.,

Well it does take years to do the job well and many kids only stay in the sport for a few years before they drop out and do something else. And if parents only help where their own children participate that then creates a skills gap in those officials that actually can do the job.

Helping youngsters do sports does a huge amount of good to our society as if we create the opportunity for kids to do a sport that will keep them out of crime and make them better people. The less crime we have going on, the better for all of us.

It is a good investment to help young people stay in sport and the great side-effect for the parent helpers is, that it also keeps us fit, we do not just sit and slouch on our couches on days off or sit in the gallery, stuffing our faces with chips, we stand there and we are alert and do something positive.

The B-tech sport

Whilst with the swimming things go just steadily from training to training session and whilst the shoulder is kind of debilitating, and whilst the legs still work and Madison has to do two sports through the B-tech exam, it stands to reason that Madison uses those body parts that still work.

The legs are ideal for football and Madison has been selected for the school’s girls football team. What a great surprise.

Over the years Madison cut back on all other activities to concentrate on swimming but now another activity has opened up.

Obviously coaches want swimmers to just swim and spend every free minute either at the pool or in land-training or to go gym session to do with the swimming development but the education system has other ideas.

I suppose, when I read that younger people should do as many varied things as possible, the reality is, that all sports want their athletes to concentrate on a particular sport as soon as because an athlete’s peak comes usually about 20 or even younger. The international athletes field is hugely competitive and the most developed nations do their utmost to produce the fastest, strongest, best in whatever discipline possible.

It takes a lot of resilience to stay in any sport and I am questioning that it is possible for any average person to make it in any sport without specialist medical support, which usually costs a lot of money and is not available on the state, at least not in the western world.

Madison currently does get support with her shoulder and sticks to the training but also now has to do some football for a while, whilst the sport b-tech program is being dealt with.

I think that any sport is exercise and does good. And if you look how few athletes actually make it to the very top out of all that are in the clubs and on the competition scene, it just makes you wonder whether you are the one that will be it.

In the end, every sporting person counts towards supporting the ones that make it big because the more competitions we take part in, the more training sessions we do, the more we help each other and somebody somewhere is going to be the top.

 

Football girl

Looking forward to the first kick-test in the pool of the season on Thursday. If anything has improved it is the kick. Have done nothing but kicking since a couple of months.

Also during that last girl football match in school PE, scored 4 out of the 6 goals the team achieved. Well!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Need to dig out those shin pads.

Not much going on right now

At present not much is being posted because there is a break in competing. So for the many followers of this blog, it will pick up again at a later date. At the moment is mainly leg-training, spinning on bicycles and land work.

Missing out on all the best competitions at the moment and can’t wait to get stuck in again. Can help with competitions though, never losing interest in the sport.

Swim England nat. county champs

It’s next week on 7. October 2018 in Sheffield, Ponds Forge. And Hackney Aquatics has an entrant. Jude Costley is going to swim in the National County Champs team for Middlesex in the relay.

Madison won’t be going and I won’t be officiating there either. I’m going to do something much closer to home, I am going to help in the London Regional Disability Championships held at the London Aquatics Centre next Saturday, 6th. October 2018.

Nice and close to home and with little travel involved getting there and it is for a very good cause.

Had a lot of opportunity to speak to others about shoulder problems in swimmers and been given a lot of very hopeful feedback from other parents and swimmers.

So whilst Madison can’t compete at the moment, we help others where we can, whether its disability swimmers or at Arena League or our Club Championships soon to come.

Training still goes onĀ  with a vengeance and kicking is what keeps the fitness alive at the moment.