As my tenure of PTO President at Bethesda Elementary came to an end, I really thought I would arrive at the conclusion that there would be more free time. Oh, I was mistaken.
I have assumed the role as the President of WISCA – Wisconsin Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association
Not that big of a deal except for holding two meetings for the association, driving to Stevens Point to meet with the WIAA and the Coaches Advisory Committee, and then acting as the MC for the end of season Banquet for the All State Athletes. Piece of cake.
Those things are easy.
The hard part is to unify a body of coaches that all have different ideas, and then present those concepts to the WIAA so that we can move the sport of Swimming (and Diving) forward in the state of Wisconsin at the High School level. There are so many great student/athletes (in all sports) that we really need to make sure we are showcasing the greatest talents.
In 2012, the High School Boys ranked 20th in the Nation in All Americans, while the Girls were 13th. That is pretty good swimming and diving.
And of course, we had to start a Twitter account 🙂
Saturday was the last Optimist for Team Bedalov. It was a great 6 year run of Anna and Luke swimming at this meet. And although Luke swam well at the meet, the swimming and competing is more than just a ribbon and time.
For both kids it was an opportunity to be a leader. An opportunity that they were thrust into not by parental forces but by their own peers. Fun to watch develop, but scary at the same time. It is something that you would like to hope that every kid gets to experience in their lifetime, either in athletics or in the classroom.
6 years of being the anchor swimmer on a relay. Six years of it coming down to you as a person to finish the swim, the event, the meet on a strong note. As Luke told Michelle last year, “I am going to swim mad!” What a great feeling as a parent that your child understands to some degree and can put perspective around the importance of the moment in hand. Yet when the meet is over, enjoy a nice dish of custard and move on to the next “thing”.
This season is the turning point for Luke. The meet is over, and he wants to go to full time club swimming. And he will get the chance to do so starting next week as he swims in the Silver group. For him it is about being around buddies and having some fun. I am 100 percent confident in his skills and in his ability to have fun.
Anna took another leap forward in her swimming career by swimming her first ever 200 IM.
The parent in me wanted her to succeed in finishing the race. To put her best stroke forward and make it a great learning experience. Mission accomplished.
And as a parent, she is now better at math than me, and now a faster swimmer 🙂
The coach in me broke down the video after uploading it to the web and easily spotted the good and the things that we can correct. The best part is that she likes to know how to get better. And the journey continues!!!