By Gareth Saunders, Coach SR2
“Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.” – John Wooden
The late UCLA Bruins legendary basketball coach, John Wooden, used these words to define true success. Sport is a vehicle that teaches many valuable life skills to youth along the way in their athletic endeavors. At the end of the day, the last buzzer will go, and the season will end. It is important to keep in mind that what occurs in the pool, at the rink, or on the field, goes far beyond the time on the clock, or the final score.
Swimming, like many other sports, teaches valuable skills that will help youth become successful individuals later in life. These are just four that come to mind when looking back on my own experiences in swimming.
Success takes hard work
There is no easy road to success. By its nature, swimming requires a lot of repetition of the same skill. To reach the goals that we set for ourselves, steps should be taken on a daily basis.
How to set goals
We heard from our guest Emily Overholt, at the Sunday Stroke Clinic, that goals are the road map to success. Teammate goals, attendance goals, technical goals, and performance goals all help motivate us on a daily basis, and keep us focused along the way.
Learning to be patient and enjoying the process
Sometimes we achieve our goals, sometimes we don’t. It’s the daily pursuit of those goals in which we should find enjoyment. Working to get better as a swimmer and a teammate each day. This becomes a reward in itself.
How to be a good teammate
Being a great teammate is one of the best things in sport. Being able to interact with teammates in a positive manner, adding to the group culture and energy on the deck makes everyone better. Not only celebrate your successes in the pool on a daily basis, but those of your teammates as well. TEAM – “Together Everyone Achieves More”