CLUB NEWS, January 15, 2014

“Sports do not build character.  They reveal it.”

– Heywood Broun



Mark your Calendars: 

Saturday, January 18 – Practice cancelled.  This is the Kelowna Meet weekend and we have almost 50 swimmers at the Kelowna meet (and 3 coaches).

Saturday, January 25 – Our KISU hosted January Jamboree – warm ups for the jamboree don’t start until 9am, so there is still regular Saturday morning practice at 7:30.

Friday thru Sunday, February 7, 8 & 9 – KISU’s next home meet – the February Fling.  Be sure to sign up your swimmer, and sign up to volunteer.  Note:  There will be no practice on Friday the 7th and Saturday the 8th.

Monday, February 10 – Family day – No practice

Saturday, February 15 – Club Time Trial

Saturday, March 8 – Regular Saturday practice is cancelled (many swimmers will be at the Kamloops Long Course Meet).  There will be a Mini Meet on this day. 

Consider paying your KISU bill with an e-transfer: If you do electronic banking, and would like to be able to pay with e-transfer rather than with a cheque, you can send your payments to

Volunteer for our upcoming meets!  You don’t have to be an active KISU member to volunteer . . . anyone can help out!  Do you know any KISU alumni who would like to spend some time on the pool deck?  Have them email Jill ( to sign up.  We also encourage all of parents to help out at our upcoming February Fling meet – even if you don’t have a swimmer attending.  Swim Meets are big revenue makers for the club, and everyone benefits!  Sign Up!

Practice Your Stroke and Turn Officiating:  Have you taken the stroke and turn clinic, and are wanting an opportunity to practice what you’ve learned?  Has it been a while since you officiated at a meet and you’re feeling rusty?  Why not come to the January Jamboree on Saturday January 25th from 10am-2pm and “practice” your officiating!  We will have experienced Stroke and Turn officials available to work with you and have you in tip-top shape for our February Meet!



Excellence Takes Time

How long does it take for athletes to reach the top of their game? About 10,000 hours of training and competing. For most athletes, that translates into about 10 years. 

Research has shown that it takes 10,000 hours of quality training for athletes to achieve their full potential and perform at an elite level. In most examples of top-ranked athletes and other star performers, their 10,000 hours are usually accumulated over at least 10 years of training and competing.

This translates into an average of 3 hours of daily training, applied practice and competition over 10 years. Again, this is an average over the span of 10 years. It is not desirable to see children formally “training” in one sport for three hours every day when they are 7 years old. Training hours increase during adolescence, and this rounds out the average.

Children should be active in a variety of sports and physical activities throughout the year while they are elementary school age. They should have daily physical activity that includes a blend of free play and formal activity that features quality coaching and instruction.

Increasing training hours

By the time an athlete has chosen to specialize in one sport – usually around age 14 – they should begin formal daily training for that sport. Their overall training hours should begin to approach 3 hours per day or more if they want to reach an elite or professional level.

Not all of these “training hours” will involve training directly in their sport. Many of the hours will include generalized components such as flexibility training and fitness training (e.g. running, gym workouts). 

Olympic athletes and the 10-Year Rule

In a comprehensive review of U.S. Olympians who competed between 1984 and 1998, the research revealed the following facts:

·         U.S. Olympians began participating in their sport at the average age of 12.0 years for males and 11.5 years for females.

·         Most U.S. Olympians reported a 12- to 13-year period of training and development from introduction to their sport to making the Olympic team.

·         U.S. Olympians who won medals tended to be 1.3 to 3.6 years younger than their teammates when they were introduced to their sport, suggesting that medalists benefited by receiving motor skill development and training at an earlier age. (Note: This does not say that they specialized in their sports at a young age. Caution must be taken not to fall into the trap of premature specialization, since it can actually have negative effects on the athlete’s long-term development.)

Read more

Bestselling books such as The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle, Bounce by Matthew Syed, and Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell discuss the significance of 10,000 hours of training and deep practice. These books are excellent popular reads that cite examples such as David Beckham, the Beatles, Mozart, and Michelangelo to illustrate how training and practice are far more significant to achieving excellence than “natural talent” or genetics. 

Article from Canadian Sport for Life