CLUB NEWS - APRIL 17, 2013


Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.

- Henry Ford



GET READY FOR SWIM-A-THON . . . it’s FRIDAY! We are over half way to reaching our goal of raising $10,000 for the club with Swim-a-thon!  Have you collected your $50 contribution of pledges?  We hope that all swimmers will be working hard the next couple of days to bring in as much as possible!  The swim-a-thon funds go a long way toward keeping the cost of swimming as affordable as possible for our membership.  If you haven’t used it yet, there is an email in your Promote section that is the “last email” . . . so please use it!  And remember – people do not have to donate online!  They can donate with cash or cheque – you just need to track their donation on your Offline Donor tab so that we can keep track of who has collected money and ensure that it is allocated accordingly. 

We’d also like to acknowledge our Mini Squad swimmers who are hard at work doing their swim-a-thon laps during practice time this week – you are our future Juniors, Age Groupers, and Swim Academy, and we are very proud of your hard work!

We look forward to seeing everyone at the pool on Friday at 3:30 when our first batch of swim-a-thoners hit the water.  Parents, if you can help out with counting laps, counting money, or organizing food, please stick around!  By the time we finish at 7:30pm, we will be announcing prize winners, and awarding our trophy for the fastest 5km time!

Order your Big Bus Spaghetti Factory Dinner: All of the Big Bus swimmers should have received the Spaghetti Factory menu . . . please ensure your order gets to Nancy Telford by this Friday!

Sign up for the KAJ Long Course Meet, May 10-12:  Details are on the website, and the deadline to sign up is this Friday, April 19th.  This meet is for sub-4 swimmers only – there is no jamboree.

Show your KISU ID:  The staff at the reception desk have asked that KISU swimmers please start showing their ID cards when coming in for practice again, as of April 20th!  Thank you!

Order a track suit in the Fall:  If you missed the order for track suits, don’t dismay!  When you register your swimmer in the fall, you will be able to order a track suit at that time.  We would like to be able to see all of our swimmers wearing KISU track suits/jackets to meets and events, so will be sure to give our members opportunities to order again in the future.  Thanks for your patience!

If you forgot to do it last week, mark your 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



This is an exerpt from coach and author Michael Brooks’ parent article (Michael Brooks is the Coach that Tina mentored with in Pennsylvania over Spring Break)

You are key to your child’s swimming.  A parent’s attitude toward swimming, the program, the coach, and his child’s participation, is key towards the child’s attitude and success.  The young swimmer takes cues from his parent.  If the parent shows by word, deed, facial expression, etc., that he does not value swimming, that he doesn’t appreciate having to drive to practice or sit in the stands during meets, that “it’s not going to matter” if the child skips practice, that morning practices are just “optional” and that the child would be better off with the extra sleep, then the chances are very good that the child will lack commitment, have little success, then lose interest in swimming.  Support your child’s interest in swimming by being positively interested.

Allow your swimmer to be resilient.  Failure, and facing that failure, doesn’t cause kids to melt.  Failure isn’t such an evil thing that parents should try to shield their kids from it.  Allow them to fail, then teach them to get up off the canvas and try harder to succeed the next time.  If parents are continually sheltering their swimmers from the storm, cushioning every fall, making excuses for them, finding someone else to blame, the children never learn anything.  Even worse, they never learn that they are responsible both for their failures and for their successes.  Allow them to stand on their own, and you will be helping them immeasurably down the road.

Molehills really are molehills.  At times I may appear unsympathetic or even harsh because I won’t let kids stop for “emergencies”:  for leaking goggles, for kids passing them, for side-aches, for stretching, for repeated bathroom breaks, etc.  Many kids think that the slightest obstacle is an overwhelming reason to stop and should be listened to and followed as the voice of God.  I think not.  I am trying to teach focus.  When a swimmer is in the middle of a set, the only thing in life that matters or is worthy of attention is the set.  Little “bothers” are to be overcome or ignored.  And once a swimmer gets in the habit of overcoming these “little bothers,” he finds that they aren’t so overwhelmingly important after all.  If we are continually stopping for “emergencies,” we will never get anything done.  If a study session is continually interrupted for sharpening pencils, then getting a better notepad, then getting a drink of water, then taking a little break when a favorite song comes on the radio, then answering the telephone – then almost miraculously the math assignment doesn’t get completed.

Don’t worry, be happy???  I don’t want a swimmer doing cartwheels after an awful performance.  It’s okay for them to be upset about, disappointed with, even angry about having done poorly.  Feeling lousy for a few minutes won’t kill them, it won’t forever damage their self-esteem, and if they are thinking correctly it will motivate them to try harder and do better the next time.  I want to teach them standards of good and bad performance, so that when they really do well, they will feel appropriately pleased.  If they are simply showered with praise willy nilly, they never know the difference.  And a coach is not ‘mean’ when he tells the kids the truth about their performances; he is helping them to get better by analyzing:  what am I doing well?  What am I doing poorly?  What can I do to fix my problems?

Teach them to dream big– a world of infinite possibilities.  If you try to temper your child’s dreams, if you teach her to settle for the ordinary, you may indeed save her from many a heartache and many a failure.  But you also rob her of the opportunity of achieving great things, and the opportunity to plumb her depths and realize her potential.  Winning big means failing many times along the way.  Each failure hurts, but these temporary setbacks create the strength for the final push.  Instead of having children avoid failure by never taking risks, teach them how to think correctly about failing:  risk-taking and failure are necessary for improvement, development, motivation, feedback, and long-term success.