CLUB NEWS - APRIL 10, 2013



Make a final push for SWIM-A-THON donations . . . it’s NEXT WEEK! We are ¼ of the way to our goal of raising $10,000 for the club through swim-a-thon donations – if each swimmer can bring in $50 in donations, then we will reach our goal!  Now is the time to revisit your donation site and use the “Promote” emails to re-connect with the people who have not yet donated to your campaign.  Remember – a pizza party will be awarded to the group who raises the most money; prizes for the swimmers who bring in the most donations, and each swimmer who brings in $100 or more in donations will receive a paid of KISU flip-flops!  If you are looking for details about swim-a-thon, check out the event page!

Tax Receipts: There are still a lot of tax receipts to be picked up in the KISU office!  

Fill out your Big Bus Meet Info: We have 39 swimmers travelling to Calgary for our Big Bus Meet!  What a great time this will be!  Please remember to have your paperwork turned in by Friday, April 12th (that’s this Friday!).  It is important that we have all of this information in order to ensure efficient planning – don’t be late!

Swim Academy Gear Bag Orders are due Friday:  Swim Academy swimmers are reminded that gear orders are due this Friday, April 12th.  Please ensure that you email Jill with your order!

Mark the Calendar:

  • Club Time Trial on May 4th
  • Club Time Trail on June 8th.  Following the Time Trial, the club will going on a bike ride to Tickleberries for Ice Cream!  Yes . . . June is a long way away, but just a heads up so that you don’t make other plans!
  • KISU Year End Celebration & Award Ceremony will be on Tuesday, June 4th @ Manitou Park in Naramata

Ask your swimmer about IMX: This is an exciting way for swimmers to track their improvement . . . get your swimmer to tell you about it!



That’s Not It

By: John Leonard

Last week, we had a Mom come to us and “inform us” that her 13-year-old daughter would be gone for a two week vacation in late June, maybe another week after that.

Her daughter was not much of an age group swimmer, but she has some endurance capacity and comes regularly to workout at 5:30 am and again at 5:30 pm daily. She works hard, demonstrates little talent, but lots of determination. Her mother is not athletic and clearly does not value athletics. We expressed our dismay that she’d be missing for 2-3 weeks in the middle of the most important training of the summer. Her mother’s response? “Who cares, she’ll never be an Olympic swimmer, so what does it matter really?” This is a dagger in the heart to any swimming coach, and it is to me. If we only cared about and worked hard with, those 52 people who will eventually, once every four years, go off to the Olympic Games, it would be a small, empty and meaningless sport. My response was “That’s really not it.” What is it?

It is the fact that young people need to learn to dedicate themselves to something that is difficult, something that requires perseverance, guts and the daily determination to get your butt out of bed and go out and push your body till it can’t go anymore.

Why do they need to learn this? Because their lives are too easy, too soft, too catered-for. Too many people carry them, make excuses for them, never allowing them to try to be “heroic.” Is it “heroic” to get your butt out of bed and go swim at 5 am? It is if you haven’t done it before. Is it heroic to “make” 10x200 fly on 4:00? It is if you haven’t ever done it before. Is it heroic to finish your swim and turn around and cheer for the teammate who is even further behind than you are, and is struggling to make the set? Need I say it? It is if you’ve never done it before.

And that is what “It” is about. About doing what you haven’t done before. And learning that sometimes you succeed. Sometimes you fail. If you fail, you go again until you learn to succeed.

It’s not about being an Olympian. It’s about being Olympian. Learning to be a hero. And what it takes to learn that.

Or, you can Be Comfortable and teach your child that it’s more important to be comfortable.

So, if that’s your choice, I only have one question? What will happen to your child on the day when they are made “uncomfortable” by life?