Bolts e-News Feb 7


February 7, 2016 edition

 N.W.O. Regional Meet a Huge Success

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU all parents, volunteers, and swimmers for making the 2016 Northwestern Ontario Regional Championships a success! We couldn't have done this without you.

 Five Reasons why Short-term Goals Rock!

Ultimately, creating smaller bite-size goals are what will help you get from where you are today, to where you want to go with your swimming. Here are 5 reasons they will help you along your journey, whatever it is–

1. They give you a powerful jolt of confidence and elevated self-worth. Achieving stuff feels good! I’m a huge user of to-do lists. I have one taped to the wall next to my head, one in a Notepad file on my computer, another couple on my iPad. There is a great deal of satisfaction in crossing something off those lists. To the extent that I will even add things to the list that I didn’t think of prior simply to gain the satisfaction of crossing them off.

2. Provides points to re-evaluate your overall goal. The goal you create in September for the following summer may change. Sometimes drastically. While this could be due to a bad thing – injury or other major setback – it could also require you to dream bigger.

3. Creates momentum to charge towards head-on towards the next goal. Just like a set of dominoes, once you knock over a the first couple goals, you pick up steam (i.e. confidence in your goal setting abilities) and charge forwards. Setting up goals and knocking them down gives you the foundation to chase after the really big ones, because you will have the experience and comfort of knowing that when you set a goal, it might as well already be accomplished.

4. Instills a sense of accountability. Short term goals require your attention. You cannot brush them with the false comfort of knowing that they are somewhere in the distance.

5. They require action. My favorite part of short term goal setting – action! These goals don’t exist far off into next year’s calendar – they are looking at you from today’s date in the calendar. Having goals every day insure that you are making progress every single day.

 Upcoming Swim Meets

The following meets/time trials are scheduled for February

February 18 - 21, 2016 Westerns - Winnipeg MN
February 19 - 21, 2016 Ontario Winter Festival, Markham ON
February 27 - 28, 2016 Dryden, ON


Please check with your swimmer’s coach to determine which meets your swimmer should be competing in. Check the website for more information on meets and for post-meet media releases.

 Tanya's Yoga Tips

All athletes should be practicing yoga!  The benefits are immense including improved strength, balance, flexibility, mental outlook, and mental control. Consistent practice of the asanas when followed up with proper savasana is one of the best ways professional athletes have found to not only improve sleep, reduce stress, quell negative mental chatter, and manage (and walk through) fear, but it informs entire approach to training and racing. 

 Fuel for the Pool 

Go for Garlic!

Adding raw or lightly cooked garlic and onions to your meals may help you keep healthy this winter. Both foods possess antiviral and antibacterial properties and are believed to boost immunity. 

"Coming together is a beginning - Keeping together is progress - Working together is success"

Henry Ford