Thursday
Jun222017

A great article for Swim Parents

Follow the link for the article, it is a quick read but a good one.

So your child is a swimmer

Thursday
Aug112016

Pirates News Article

Latest news from Mike Chouinard, from the Squamish Chief newspaper.

Read all about the Regional meet HERE held at Brennan Park on August 6-7, 2016.

Wednesday
Jun222016

From A Swimming Parent

FROM A SWIM PARENT: (rewritten with permission)

Some ask, "Why do you have your kids in swimming? It costs a lot of time and money. What do you do it for? 

To them, I respond, "To be honest, I don't pay for my kids to be in swimming. I'm actually not too concerned about swimming." 

They reply, "What does that mean? If you're not paying for swimming, then what are you PAYING FOR?" 

I tell them the following, 

"I pay for them to be inspired to have dreams, to set goals and to reach beyond themselves." 

I pay for them to be learn discipline of their bodies and minds, and to understand what it means to take care of both - for a lifetime. 

I pay for them to learn to work with others; to be good team mates. 

I pay for them to experience success, and to be a strong and humble champion. 

I pay for them to feel disappointment - when I can't shield them from the hurt of not achieving their goals - and for them to do so with grace, and with dignity. 

I pay for them to pick themselves up and go again, to never stop and to never be satisfied, until their goals have been reached and surpassed. 

I pay for them to learn that it takes many hours, days, weeks, months and years of hard and smart work, planning and guidance from coaches, to create a champion. To learn that success takes time. 

I pay for them to have the possibility of forging lifelong friendships. 

I pay for those moments when they are too tired to keep going ... and they keep going. 

I pay for those moments when they come home from school too tired to go to practice, or when they're blurry-eyed in the morning, and they go to practice. 

I could continue, but in short, I don't pay for swimming. 

I pay for the opportunities that swimming provides my kids to develop attributes that will serve them well throughout their lives. To give them the chance to be blessed by the presence and teaching of others, like their coaches, and for the wonder of being a blessing to others. 

So far, from what I've seen, it's a pretty good investment." 

Wednesday
Jun012016

Squamish Chief Newspaper Article

Mike Chouinard from the Squamish Chief came to our swim meet on Sunday (May 29th) to take in some of the action.

You can read his piece HERE

Friday
May272016

Pirates is a Family Affair-news article

Read the latest article from Mike Chouinard at the Chief Newspaper HERE.