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Our jobs provide us all with life-affirming moments throughout the year that make our hard work worthwhile.
We all hold teaching positions that give us the opportunity and the satisfaction of helping swimmers to develop and improve, whatever their discipline or ability. Throughout our years of coaching and teaching we’ve been lucky enough to play a part in a number of success stories, it’s these moments in our jobs that makes all the hard work worthwhile.
This time we’ve got a couple of stories from the founders of the NDCASA:
Abdallah’s Transition to the Pool
“Most teachers remember their first day at school: the nerves, the excitement and the bright young faces eager to learn (or to disrupt). Us swimming coaches are no different. Before I founded the Northern District Community Association of Swimming Athletes, I had worked as a PE teacher for nearly two decades. My speciality had always been swimming, however due to the lack of funding the school that I worked at could not afford to build their own pool or even take the kids to the local one. Making the leap from secondary school teacher to dedicated swim coach was a scary experience, but one that I’m glad I made.
I knew from my first lesson that I’d made the right decision. 10 young swimmers from the ages of 6-12 stood at the edge of pool, all of them with an expectant look on their face and keenly waiting to take their first steps in advanced swimming technique. Some of those kids would become long-term students of mine, proving themselves to be truly committed to their new sport. One of my proudest moments in coaching has been seeing students leave school and go on to become coaches themselves.”
Lucinda’s Trial of Fire
“There were times during my youth when the last thing I wanted to do was go swimming. The sight of blue water made me feel nauseous and the smell of chlorine would make my nerves jangle. Any of my students will find this hard to believe, especially considering how many hours I put in coaching, but it’s true. My Father is responsible for both my success as a swim coach and the anxiety that I had to overcome as a child. We spent hundreds of hours together at the pool, my Father pacing the full length with a stopwatch in hand constantly pushing me to go faster and further.
By the time I’d reached the age of 16 I was done with swimming. I went to college, made new friends and stopped training with my Father five days a week. He didn’t recovered from the disappointment for a decade. It wasn’t until I’d set up the NDCASA with Abdallah and I invited him along to observe a session that he understood the difference between our coaching styles. That was an important day for both of us and we’ve been much closer since.”
If you’d like to find out more about our teachers’ stories, or about the NDCASA in general, then get in touch with us through the Talk to Us page.