CLUB NEWS, May 21, 2014

"There are no shortcuts to any place worth going."

- Beverly Sills



Liability Forms for the Wenatchee Meet:  Return to Tina no later than Tuesday next week.

Remember to bring in your trophy from last season!  We are still missing Top Performance, Top Intermediate, and Top Senior.

Remember to come to Oliver for this Saturday’s practice: 10am – 12pm.

Plan to attend the Parent Meeting on May 27th at 4:30pm.  Important information about next season!

Sign up for our June 4th Year End Celebration and Awards Night.  Be sure to let us know how many people from your family will be coming.  KISU will supply pizza, and families are asked to bring a potluck salad or desert to share.  We will be celebrating at Kenyon Park in OK Falls.

Sign up for the June Jamboree:  June 14th. This is the final Jamboree of the season and is hosted by the Kelowna Aqua Jets.  The meet takes place at the H2O pool and is followed by a BBQ at Rotary beach (cost of bbq included in meet fees). Deadline to sign up is June 4th.  This jamboree is for swimmers who are not yet sub4.

Ensure that your account will be paid in full by the end of the season.  Please plan to have your account completely paid up by the end of June, or the end of July if your swimmer is continuing to train into the month of July for championship meets.  Our fiscal year end is July 31st and we will need to ensure that all of our outstanding invoices are paid so that our financial statements are accurate.  Thank you for your cooperation!




How to Improve your Stress Management in Swimming - Courtesy of BridgeAthletic

As we near the end of the academic year, swimming is just beginning to pick up steam. Preparing for final exams and projects can be difficult when swimmers need to travel for competitions and focus on racing. In order to be effective in both the classroom and the pool, let’s discuss how to better manage stress.

Ever feel exhausted on a stressful day? Stress is as much a physical reaction as it is a perceived psychological one. The same human stress reaction that occurs during life-threatening situations actually engages during your everyday stresses. The stress hormone, known as cortisol, is necessary for certain biological processes, such as helping your body wake in the morning and inducing a higher state of arousal during an important event. When cortisol is released by the adrenal glands, it can healthily diminish if a “fight or flight” response occurs. Luckily for swimmers, regular cardio exercise mimics that “flight” effect and brings this hormone level down.

When a person is chronically stressed, such as by schoolwork, cortisol levels remain high. This causes a number of negative effects on your body, including but not limited to muscle tension or pain, headaches, weight gain, problems sleeping, lower immune function, and lower bone density. Anxiety, inability to focus, and depression can also arise if cortisol levels are left unchecked.

When it comes to managing stress, a good way to handle all your tasks is to write them down on paper. Getting your list in a physical form will help you remember everything. Prioritize your work by doing the hardest task when you are the most alert (don’t save the tough homework for after practice). If you anticipate travel, get as far ahead on schoolwork beforehand, and bring work to do on the plane. However, when you are at a meet, be in the moment with your swimming and do not dwell on other tasks. Learning how to compartmentalize your thoughts will help you for the entirety of your student-athlete career!

Above all, recognize stress as a drain on your physical and mental energy and a red flag that something in your daily life may be out of balance. Once you identify what part of your life is causing trouble, change your behavior by removing the stressor or by learning how to better manage your time. Stress is a natural part of being human, but athletes can notice a more visceral effect because their performances are easily measurable. Start managing stress better today so your training and racing can benefit from it this summer!