I’ve had enough……….I hate mornings
Billy was thinking about giving up swimming but after learning more about his options he had a change of heart. Learn why…
"I’ve been swimming for 10 years & qualified for the Regional Championships last year but only in one event. I didn’t really enjoy that – it seemed to go on for ever & was a waste of a weekend really – I think I came 28th but it’s not important! I don’t think I’m going to make the Nationals - so the Olympics are out of the question. My GCSE’s are coming up & my Mum says I should give up my swimming & concentrate on studying but I’m not convinced about that either.
I enjoy my swimming with my Club, although I’m not good at getting up for early mornings, but Club nights are fun & I know I need to do some exercise every week. But there are other things in life."
What are the options?
(a) I don’t think I really want to carry on with five sessions a week – which includes three early mornings. I hate mornings & my Mum who has to take me, isn’t too keen either !
(b) I could give up swimming altogether – but I know I need to do some exercise & I would really miss my mates at Club
(c) There are other options in swimming – join the Water Polo Section at Club or there’s the Diving Club down the road? Don’t see myself doing synchro - although some boys do.
(d) Are there other sports I could use my swimming in – surfing, canoeing, sailing…. yes, but I don’t think I want to start learning a new sport at my time of life!
(e) Do what my Mum wants & just study …boring…I need a life.
(f) I’ll talk to my coach & my tutor at school & get some advice from them.
How did Billy cope?
I spoke to my Coach at Swimming Club & explained the situation & was surprised he was so sympathetic, Billy said. “His solution, which my tutor agreed with was so simple:
I changed groups at Club so I only have to swim 2 sessions (one evening & only one morning……..yes ! ) a week + Club Night – which I really enjoyed anyway. It will keep me reasonably fit & means I can stay in touch with all my mates at Club too. The other evening session involves some Water Polo so that will be different & some of my mates from school go to that……….cool. And it’s cheaper………..so that might convince Mum ?
I’ve promised my coach that I will still swim for the Club in the local League matches, but I’m not interested in swimming at County or Regional level until my exams are over. He’s ok with that. A good result all round I think – just Mum to convince now………"