A Swimmer's life

13 April 2018

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What does it mean to be the parent of an athlete?

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Often, while waiting to start my workouts, I stop to notice how the people on the side of the pool observe the lessons and what’s going on in the pool. Next to me, with tired but satisfied facial expressions, sit

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14 March 2018

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3 Top Swimmer *facepalm* Moments

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In the vocabulary of real-everyday-normal-people lingo, a ‘facepalm’ refers to those moments in life where the only plausible reaction you have is to bring the palm of your hand to your forehead in exasperation. It’s that ‘Oh my gosh, I

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24 January 2018

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Short Course or Long Course, which side are you on?

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It’s official – we have welcomed in the new year, and with it the next portion of the swim season: the *dramatic pause* long course season. For some athletes, those three words cue the ‘Jaws’ theme song, haunting them as

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18 January 2018

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The worst enemy of all swimmers

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If I would ask you what your biggest enemy in the pool is, what would you answer? Who do you think of if I tell you to think of your antagonist of swimming?  For many of you the answer might

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13 December 2017

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4 swim questions that would confuse the general public

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Every culture has its own unique language and shorthand. Swimming is no different, but the terms that we use on an everyday basis become so second nature to us that it can be easy to forget that they tend to

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14 November 2017

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10 things swimmers have in common with Stranger Things

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1. They know the importance of teammates via GIPHY 2. Sticky locker rooms. via GIPHY 3. The difficulty with communication. Especially when you are underwater and the coach is speaking. via GIPHY 4. Shadow Monster (mind flayer): AKA The Coach

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10 November 2017

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That race….that I never swam

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We read, we talk and sometimes we write about the memories of the races we’ve been in: we describe our success stories, our fears, the events and the unexpected circumstances that distinguished them. What we rarely mention, are the races

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10 November 2017

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Record-breaking Swimming Pools

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Photo credit: “San Alfonso del Mar” by bertconcepts  is licensed under CC BY   The remains of the first swimming pool in history, or at least the first of which there is any record, are located in modern-day Pakistan. The Great Baths

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19 October 2017

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5 reasons why you could never stop swimming

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During an intense training session or on the morning before a race, I have very often felt like stopping and giving up swimming. But then after all the intense effort and strain, a warm and comforting thought miraculously starts running

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29 May 2017

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5 Pool Rule Breaks Women are guilty off!

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The brand new line of competitive swimming two-pieces launched by arena is geared towards our more edgy female athletes, as the collection’s name ‘RuleBreaker’ suggests. Its’ playful and colourful style speaks to the inner rebel in us all. Loud and

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