Because adults (namely crappy swim coaches) are stealing from children the most important aspect of being a child… a time in life where making mistakes is critical, because to succeed in life the most important skill is to learn how to fail, how to learn from the failure, so that you do not make the same mistake twice, so that you move ahead in life gaining momentum with every lesson, gaining experience and an awareness and appreciation of how to succeed in life. Children who fail to learn how to fail and stand back up as children become entitled, thumb sucking snowflakes and social justice warriors who demand government intervention to fix the issues which wishbone wishing has failed to resolve. What Canada needs are adults with backbones who do not claim to be victims at every opportunity but instead stand as champions deciding that they will be the solution to the problems they see in their communities, across Canada, around the world.
Sport is supposed to train children to become leaders, not to derail their hopes, their dreams, their goals and aspirations of who they are and what they are supposed to do with the gift that is their life.
Why post if change will not come from within the system?
I post because its time for those who care about sport, about swimming, about children to return it to what it is meant to be… a special gift… one for our children, our childrens children and for generations to come. I cannot do it alone, only together can we change the State of Swimming in Ontario and in Canada to benefit not the few, but the many.
Choose your swim club and coach carefully… a critical part of your child’s development, hence their future as adults is in the hands of the individual on the pool deck who claims themselves to be the ‘coach’. The question for you is: are they capable, do they have the skill, are they worthy of the title of coach? Our children are trusting us to make the right decision on their behalf, as parents our responsibility is to choose wisely.