Can’t swim but volunteer

volunteer award
Well done Madison with Jeremy and Jo

Tonight at the Hackney Aquatics Awards evening, Madison won the Jeremy Tobias-Tarsh volunteers award for providing more than 115 volunteer hours helping other swimmers in the club and the coaches.

 

If you love the sport of swimming and remember those times when you were in the development squads, then you know how it feels to get that extra special bit of attention that a pool side helper with great stroke knowledge can bring.

Hackney Aquatics has a great young volunteers program, helping young persons into an aquatics career.

The fainting episode

Yesterday’s fainting of Madison at the London Regional Championships led to much speculation. Snapchat went wild with comments about it and let me make something clear now.

Madison had been wrongly diagnosed with Asthma and been given a brown inhaler that contained steroids.

When suddenly the doctors realised that Madison wasn’t asthmatic after all, they told her to stop using the inhaler. However no advice was given to reduce it gradually. I now¬†found advice on the NHS website, which explains a lot. It seems that these days patients need to find their own advice online instead of relying on doctors to tell them everything.

Madison now suffer the typical withdrawal symptoms like

  • Dizziness and even
  • some pain around the lungs,
  • joint pain, which is accelerated by the swimmer’s shoulder and she can
  • get very tired
  • mood swings
  • increased appetite.

Yesterday Madison fainted at the London Aquatics Centre and I had to leave my official’s post and take her home.

We rang NHS 111 and then went to the A & E and been told it was just a faint. I am considering making a complaint to the NHS about the quality of advice we are getting.

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.

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.