October 15, 2017
Hello all Panthers,
This week we have our fund raising event on Thursday after school. Please do your best to raise a little extra for the people in our Bangkok community that are in need. Remember that you can bring out your family and friends to this one and see how much you can swim. You will need a lap counter/cheer leader for your swimmer. It will be a fun event that will take us into the October break on a positive note.
SWIMFEST 2017: The largest international school meet in Thailand is coming up! We still need more volunteers to make it work.
To pull off Swimfest, we need over 90 volunteers throughout the weekend. We only have 24 more openings, so well done team. If you have not volunteered yet this year or you have only done a small event, please sign up before the break. One half day with Swimfest and you will be done for the remainder of the semester.
If you need help signing up, please contact me. We need you! Thanks so much to the 65 volunteers that have already signed up…you rock!
One more team record broke at Palooza:
Hughs Hong broke the 8&under 200IM record last week…yeah Hughs.
Swim a thon: October 19th after school.
See you on Thursday! Prizes and snacks after the swim!
Parent Lesson of the week:
Keeping our girls in sports: Why do they quit?
I love watching my daughter swim, run and do just about anything that makes here smile. So when I read that facts about girls quitting sports, it makes me somewhere between sad and mad. By the end of Middle School half of the girls who played regular sport quit. We have to change that, here is an interesting article showing what we as parents can do to help.
Electronics During Swim Meets…Yes or No?
I guess that depends on what you mean by electronics??? For this lesson today, let’s just say anything that is not school learning. So all the games that have a bunch of our 9/10 year old boys leaning over one IPAD watching and not talking with anyone.
So I guess the answer is…a big fat NO!
Yes swim meets are long and yes there is a lot of time between races…but this is where the best parts of swim meets can happen. Meeting new friends from other teams, talking and playing interactive games with these friends are how we benefit from the meets socially!
So next time leave the IPAD at home and get the swimmers playing rock-paper-scissor with those new friends from Patana or Harrow or even their own team. I still keep in contact today with some of my swim friends I met years and years ago. But we didn’t have IPADs then, so maybe it was easier J
Upcoming Events…sign up today on our website:
- Panther Swim Team “Swim-a-thon” (October 19th) Team fundraiser for 2nd Chance Bangkok (see website for information on our team charity).
- “Swimfest” Spirit Night (November 10th after school) Fun “tailgate party” to get the motivated for the weekend competition.
- ISB “Swimfest Meet” (November 11/12) This is the largest school meet held in Thailand with over 1000 swimmers.
- ISB Long Distance Time Trials (Dec 6th)
For advanced swimmers who can compete at the 200-800 m distances. If you are not sure about this meet, speak with your coach and they will tell you if your ready.
- ISB Panther Jr. Snowflake Meet: 10 and under swimmers (Dec 7th)
A friendship meet between ISB and St. Andrews Samakee.
- Bangkok Prep Bulldog Bash: BISAC Selection Meet (Dec 9th)
A championship sprint meet aimed at BISAC level swimmers. If you are interested in being selected for this meet, please sign up. If you are unsure, ask your coach.
- 2nd Annual Thanyapura Panther Swim Team Camp (Phuket)
A 2 day swim camp for all ages. There will be plenty of different activities besides swim training. Lot’s of fun for the whole family at this sports resort.
- United World College Draon’s Den Meet (Singapore):
Our spring travel meet; this is a long course meet with qualifying times, but open to most of our swimmers. Must be able to swim 50m races.
That is all for now, see you on deck!