Our first year in back in Georgia occurred in 2005. That year, our neighborhood began participating in the local summer swim league. Colin was 5. And he could swim. We decided to give the team a whirl. First day of practice, the coach looks at all of the many excited children and says, "Ok, show me what you can do!" And with that, children jumped in one by one and swam to the other side of the pool - except C. C chose to hang out on the sidelines and tell the other children how to swim, how to jump in, he told them everything they were doing wrong.....he was quite the assistant coach:) However, there was no way C was going to jump in the water and swim to the other side. No way. So we quit. It is honestly the only time I have let my child just quit yet it was a wise decision.
These days, swim team is not an option in our house....it is a must. It is good for them. Good for us. Colin and Pryce have done summer league for four years; MK is on year two.
MK - our determined little one:) This season she learned to stream line, dive off the block, perfected her back stroke, smoked in her free style and even competed with the 8 and Under crowd in Breaststroke....my favorite comment from her was when I asked her one morning if she wanted to go to practice and she said, "Well, I don't care. I mean, you can throw me in there if you want to! I like it!"
She made the Allstar Team which consists of the top 20 times in her age group (6 and Under) in our entire area, a total of 21 teams with, I am guessing, somewhere close to 100 swimmers....she was one of three five year olds to compete in this event - everyone else was 6. A pretty substantial accomplishment.
P - the swimmer who always could. Pryce is an all-natural water boy. He loves everything about a pool. He is our child that will ask in January when the pool is going to open. The year after C walked away from the swim team, P decided he wanted to join....and with this, C wanted to try it again as well. Pryce is quite the relay racer....always the encourager, always pushing his group forward.
And then there is C. C began the summer swim season in a foul mood. He was quite unhappy with me because I basically did not give him a choice in whether he was going to swim or not....so, he joined with a long face. One week into the practices, and he was coming home laughing and telling me the stories of practice.....and I knew he was having a good time. Then, he was asked to race on a relay team that was full of top scoring kiddos....C was all in and he hasn't looked back! Not only did he come out all smiles at the end of the season, he has asked to participate in the year round swim program - LOVE this idea for him!
We are so proud of all three of our swimmers! And our team.