Just talking of injuries, Madison’s uncle just posted this wonderful pic of him being bitten by a fish. You couldn’t make this up.
Just when I thought performance swimming can lead to injuries and weekends at the beach seemed a good alternative, I read this article that 2 children were bitten by Sharks near New York.
A child was killed by a bouncy castle.
It seems that every activity comes with risks. But looking at it overall, some muscle sprain injuries should be the least of our worries. That is relatively save and if managed correctly will not lead to lasting damage.
Looking ahead to the new season 2019 and the challenges this bring. So many new things and routines are going to happen:
- school GCSE studies begin
- swimming, join the youth performance squad with more AM training and gym.
Till the end of this season, Madison diverted away from the usual pool competition focus and spent a lot of energy on the 3km open water races. That puts a lot of demand on the body and having all those pool competitions on top of tough long-distance meets puts any athlete to the test.
One reason why Madison’s shoulder gave way with the 400 IM in the Barking & Dagenham summer meet was the participation in a long-distance Open Water meet and we just shelved the rest of this B&D gala. 2 silver medals won this weekend.
It doesn’t matter if an athlete has to pull out of a meet. There are many more to come.
We are now focussing on more intellectual and athletic challenges for next season.
Pool training will soon stop but the summer swim camp is still to come.
School term is nearly complete and with the last week of school term an academic award is still waiting.
The summer holiday will be filled with regular gym sessions, some climbing, canoeing and biking and nature walks. It is very important to relax.
Obviously ultimately the challenge is to get national qualifying times but we don’t want to restrict the variety to just one or two events. The swimmers with the biggest longevity also have the most variety of stroke performance.
Whilst still in the pre-GCSE stage, there is no national training scheme available other than getting a place at a boarding school like Millfield for example. We keep in touch with national swimming by regularly attending the Melanie Marshall swim camps. At age 14 it is progress to keep on getting personal best times and achieving regional qualifying times.
Today at the swimming meet I saw an official using a phone and texting during the races.
I was shocked. Imagine a football lines man/woman texting on the phone whilst the players are on the other side of the pitch.
All pupils and kids are not allowed to use their phones whilst in school but then come to a swimming meet and see an official texting on their phone during races.
I am frankly appalled, not only that the use of phones seems to be tolerated by referees but also that kids get such stupidly bad examples set by adults.
You are not allowed to text whilst driving, so why should it be OK to text whilst officiating?
It just couldn’t be better. We had a wonderful Community day with Hackney Aquatics, a very exciting finish to the season when some of our swimmers take part in the nationals and, hugely exciting, a new training schedule and competition schedule for next season.
Everybody seems satisfied and happy.