Weekly News (Feb 19-26)

Hello all Panthers,

Palooza week is here! As I write this the weather looks terrible, so I am hoping there is a quick change and the storm passes. I am also late getting this out today as I was at the doctor waiting for my test results and just like so many of our community…I am positive for Influenza B and Bronchitis just for good measure. Until I am am no longer contangious I will be at home and Coach Nuk will be in charge. I have complete confidence in the coaches to run a completely successful palooza today and tomorrow. So swimmers swim fast and parents cheer loud.

Important Notes:


SUPER IMPORTANT: 2018-19 Swim Committee Members Needed: If you have time, we would love to have you!

We have some members moving on and some that would like to take a year break (they have been doing it for 3 years, so that is totally understandable). We have streamlined all positions to make them much easier perhaps than in the past. If you are at all interested, even a little bit, please contact me and we can discuss further.


One lone speedster broke a record last week:

Ruj Mahattanakul bested his team mates 50m back stroke record, that has been broken 3 times now this year. That is a good sign that we just keeping getting better and better. Well done Ruj.


ISB Splash International Meet (March 10/11):

Looks like we are all set for the big meet coming up. We have 170 ISB swimmers entered and 24 teams from around Asia ready to visit.

It is still not too late to enter, but the deadline is in 4 days. So decide quickly.


Singapore Travel Meet (April 20th-22nd)

We have enough swimmers committed to this meet for me to travel with the team, but it would be the smallest squad we have sent. If you are interested at all please contact me. Travel meets are amazing experiences for the swimmers, please give it a chance and see for your self.


Parent Lesson of the week:


I know I preach a lot to parents about just saying “I love to watch you swim”, but perhaps I don’t speak enough about just how incredibly hard that is to do. I am finding this in my own home already. As parents we are natural fixers and problem solvers. You want to be better, do this or this…just saying I love to watch you do something is probably not natural to us…yet!

So here is cool little story I read recently about things you can say…if you need to expand a little on I love to watch you swim.

Hope you enjoy it!



Repeat Lesson:

This past weekend I witnessed lots of really fast swims and tons of PB swims, but there were also many swimmers who were not quite at their best and some to a point that they were very upset about this outcome. This had me thinking about why they missed their mark this day and also why one race swum badly would be worth so many tears. The only answer I could come up with that seemed to fit most situations was “pressure”. Too much pressure put on a single race or even a single event will very rarely lead to great performances. Here is really good article on this topic:



Upcoming Events…sign up today on our website:


  1. ISB Splash Saturday and Sunday (March 10/11): This is our international home meet. Saturday is a SCM swim meet and Sunday is a LCM swim meet. SCM stands for Short Course Meters, which is simply races done in a 25m pool. Long Course Meters means the pool is set to 50m. If you are not sure if you are ready for LCM please speak with your coach.


  1. United World College Dragon’s Den Meet (Singapore April 20-22nd):

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!


Coach Day,