Joe Bartoch and Paul Midgley of LAC/Western on William Shatner's Weird or What on History TV.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Monday, May 28, 2012
Quinn West - Some HUGE pbs and solid racing!
Alex & Viktoria P - Both swimming with purpose and some good drive. Loved to see good pbs from these 2.
Erin Troughton - Just missed Central Regions in 100FR in her come back from injury. A lot of hard work an mental determination are paying off for her. Great to see!
Ted Mosoi - Ted seldom doesn't race, but did so very well this weekend. Some great finishes for him!
Anthony Hartsink - Great FR races this weekend and really wowed me on Sunday!
Nicole Waddick & Mackenzie Warnock - Both qualifying for Central Regions! Congrats!
Aysia Leckie - Qualifying for 200FR for provincials and under 2:20 for the first time... by racing.
Please don't stress out if I didn't mention your name; there were over 55 Blue Fins in the meet and about 300 individual events swum. On the whole, all of the groups swam very well; there were lots of PBs and new qualifying times for various meets. I apologize if I missed any additional qualifiers in the above. Official results have not yet been posted at this time and I only did the ones I knew for sure.
One last thought about time standards:
Livy Olson qualified for her very first provincials in 200FLY about a month ago but sadly her birthday is right before provincials; thus, she will not be able to go. Livy has a great attitude about this problem. Next season, Livy plans to aim towards the standards above her age class and work to get those ones. Kyle Haas went through a similar dilemma earlier in his career and it became a non issue really quickly when he decided to think of himself as a year older than he actually was.
The point is; do not let a time standard goal determine your worth. Swim careers should last a very long time. Swimming at the age of 11-14 should be the beginning, not an end point. Keep working and learn from falling short or set backs. One thing about this sport; people that stick with it develop great character!
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
The importance of mental preparation or using your imagination to see what you want to achieve. http://ow.ly/b4Bs8
Swimmer's Ear - An interesting article on what to look for and consider if having issues with your ears. http://ow.ly/b5vLu
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
#5. Warrior. I watched this recently and really liked it from an aesthetic standpoint and from a sports fan standpoint. The story follows 2 estranged brothers who enter an MMA championship for different (and very emotional) reasons. The final 10min was outstanding and Tom Hardy was brilliant! Strong family and brother overtones, more of a guy movie, but still VERY good!
#4. Money Ball. I also watched this one recently and it's more the story of team building than a team success story, but it details how Billy Bean (Brad Pitt) built the Oakland A's from nothing to significance with next to no money. Strong message about team playing and about motivation to win. My favourite line from this one is from Brad Pitt's character: "I hate losing, even more than I want to win."
#3. The Blind Side. Hard to believe that this movie had both me and my wife in tears at the end... more so because of the family community built out of love and faith. I read the book after watching this film (which was VERY different) but it didn't take anything away from the inspirational message of this film.
#2. The Fighter. I HATE both Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale and didn't identify with many characters in this film, but I was compelled to keep watching because it was done so well. Very emotional story about a former champion boxer (Bale) who is a washed up drug addict and his younger brother who is faced with the dilemma of upsetting his family by making it big and going to vegas or staying at home and supporting his hangers on. As I said, I didn't identify AT ALL with any of this, but it was done so well that I didn't care at all and was totally into it. Bale steals the show (you won't recognize him). Exercise caution here, it is not necessarily family friendly due to substance abuse, nudity and hard language.
#1. Friday Night Lights. I love this movie SO MUCH; I could watch it 3 times daily. I really identified with it the first time I saw it at age 25, right around the time that I returned to coaching. I always felt that all of the pushing and pushing on amateur sports had to mean more to someone else than the athletes. In some cases, the athletes aren't even sure who they are doing the sport for. This film details the Permain High Panthers in their pursuit of the Texas State Football Championship. Based on a true story, this film details the anxiety of the Fans, Parents, Athletes, Coaches and the Media during a rocky season. Watch as these athletes bond together and form a family that only athletes can truly understand. I think this should be shown at a mandatory athletes meeting prior to all major competitions! WATCH THIS MOVIE TONIGHT!
One thing that sports movies do so well is capture the FAMILY like atmosphere that can really only happen with athletes that work closely together and no each other in a very unique way. I saw this relationship between athletes yesterday in our HHBF end of year party. I enjoy seeing the positive side effects of sports; it really touches me and reminds me why I do what I do for a living.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Streamlined News wraps up the Charlotte UltraSwim and news from around the world.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Last week, I posted a piece about not being afraid to be good at something. Almost immediately, I was contacted by a few coaches and athletes asking to guest post on the same topic. Being the selective guy that I am, I decided on ESWIM's Hassaan Abdel Khalik for the official response.
Hassaan was a stellar age group champion with countless records and victories to his name. This season, he put his studies at Michigan on hold in order to focus on training to make the Olympic team. Although he came short of that goal, Hassaan is still quite young. Already in his young career, he has competed on some of the highest stages in swimming and has a lot to say on this topic. Enjoy.
Hassaan Abdel Khalik:
Last week Coach Mike posted a blog about swimmers who are "too cool to be good." You know, that swimmer who is to afraid to take credit for what they rightfully deserve: praise. I have thought a lot about where this fear might stem from and I think I am getting closer and closer.
Let's use a hypothetical swimmer named Phichael Melps. Phichael is a real good swimmer. In practice he exemplifies the work ethic and determination of a workhorse. At meets he is a thoroughbred racer. As a result, he has been very successful…but he shies away from any recognition that comes out of his hard work.
Because Phichael is afraid he will be labelled "cocky", "arrogant", "douchey", the list goes on.
Well I am here to explain to Phichael the difference between being confident and arrogant. So listen up all you Phichaels out there.
"Confidence is the constant, arrogance the variable."
There is major difference between confidence and arrogance. A confident person is always in control of their outward attitude no matter what situation they might find themselves in. A person who exhibits arrogant behaviour more than likely is easily influenced by outside factors, namely performance.
Swimmers, or people in general, who emit confidence do it regardless of what is going on around them. Whether they are having an awesome meet, season, year or not, that confidence is always there. Whether they are receiving praise or criticism, they take it in. with the same calm, cool and collected demeanour. That confidence is characteristic of the greatest athletes in the world.
It is difficult to judge a person's confidence solely on successful experiences. That is why we have to find a case study where an individual achieved greatness not once, but TWICE.
Rewind to the 1990s and we can compare the Michael Jordan that achieved the first Bulls Three Peat compared to the Michael Jordan that achieved the second Bulls Three Peat. Jordan's first three-peat came on a wave of success. He led the league in scoring for four years before winning his first national title. No one doubted Jordan. He became the worldwide symbol of success. Success led to success which led to more success. That is why we cannot conclude whether Jordan possessed a champion's confidence or not.
Well, leave it to the media to question Jordan's abilities and, as always, the first time someone achieves a marvel in sports everyone asks, "Can they do it again?"
When Jordan returned to basketball after a swing at baseball (pun intended), that question was still hanging, "Can he do it again?" Jordan's return to basketball wasn't easy and there were doubters this time. People questioned Jordan's abilities. He never did. This is what separates Jordan from other athletes. Jordan's self-belief never wavered. The next year Jordan's second three-peat was underway.
You see Phichael, confidence means you can take both praise and criticism all in the same stride. Jordan used criticism to fuel his comeback. Jordan was also aware of his talents. Before every game Jordan would realize that there is one person in the stands that has never seen him and will never see him again, and that would be the person Jordan would play for. Jordan had heart. Protected by that hear was his unwavering confidence.
Now let's take a look at arrogance...
Arrogance isn't self sustaining and relies on external sources of fuel. Arrogance is only present during an individuals perceived success (anyone can be arrogant, it just depends on their definition of success). It's usually characteristic of one hit wonders or "busts".
Can I give you an example of an arrogant Great in the World of Sport? I can't. That's because arrogance acts like a fog that inhibits the victim from facing reality and truly understanding what it takes to succeed ALL THE TIME.
Now you might be thinking, "I can now start owning up to what I have achieved in the pool and I will never be called arrogant?"
Yes, but you will still be called arrogant. Why? I'll save that for next time.
At least now you know the difference between confidence and arrogance. So for the future, don't be afraid to be confident.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Amanda Beard - Will she make 5...her journey to a possible 5th Olympics is very different this time around... Her priorities have shifted! A very interesting story detailed in her new book.
Amanda Beard, Chasing 5 - The Road to London
Winning on the bad days too!! Are you a career champion? We never know our limits, so why give in to something that we have no knowledge over...the path! Marnie McBean - http://vimeo.com/39865175
One of the great pre-Olympics commercials:
Monday, May 7, 2012
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Jocelyn enjoyed a decorated swimming career of her own. Representing the Brantford Aquatic Club she was a Canadian National Team Member from 1990-1993. She then went on to represent The Ohio State University Women's Swim Team were she was named Big 10 athlete of the year in 1995. In September 2004 Jocelyn was inducted into The Ohio State's Hall of Fame in honour of her swimming achievements.
We welcome Jocelyn to our volunteer contributing staff. Enjoy, everyone.
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