To the editor,
We all have signed our children up for extra-curricular activities to make sure they get involved.
Being a parent myself, I always wanted the best for my child by having them involved in team sports or whatever activity they seem to have an interest in.
We are more than willing to be a taxi service and to push them when they really don’t want to go to practice. We are their cheerleaders, and we have been a shoulder to cry on when things don’t go their way.
I could go on about my experience but have I never thought about hers. I have asked, and depending on the day, I get a common themed answer, “Yeah, it’s great mom.”
I know we have found the sport for her when she is excited about getting up at 5 a.m. before school for morning practice.
Swimming with the Truro Centurions club has given my daughter self-confidence and ambition. The sky is the limit.
Here is a poem written by my daughter when she was 12-years-old that gives you her perspective and what this team sport means to her.
Swim team is:
Swim team is when different ages come together as one.
When makeup doesn’t matter, and
you’ve survived everyone’s morning mood.
It’s when your parents cheer, not just for you, but for everyone.
Swim team is when the coaches become your best friends and
the pool becomes your second home.
It is when your secrets never last.
When you share memories, not tell them.
When you think ten seconds is a long break.
It is when you can be as crazy as you want and fit right in.
It is when you’ve seen everyone at their worst.
It’s when the smell of chlorine becomes your permanent perfume.
Most of all, swim team is when the athletes become a family.
Swim team is when your team becomes your life.
Written by swimmer Rose Hood