Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Ras Tanura Razorfish Swim Team

Over a year ago, maybe even two years ago, Peyton informed me that she wanted to do swim team. She was determined to make the time this year and shortly after we got back to Saudi it was tryouts for the team. Over the summer she did private lessons to help her and although I knew she could meet the requirements to make it, I was so worried that the tryout day would come and she would get nervous and couldn't do it. 

So tryout day came and she had to swim 25m of freestyle and then 25m of backstroke and then we would see if she made one of the few spots on the team. Thankfully she swam the required strokes and distances without stopping and did great and we waited to find out whether she made it….and she did!!! We are so proud of her! There is such a joy in seeing your child set a goal, work hard and then accomplish it. We are beaming with pride!

It is a competitive and serious swim team with practice three days a week, tons of meets and a regional and national competition at the end of the season that you have to get qualifying times for. My hope is that despite all the work and competitive atmosphere that she will still love swimming as much as she does and we as family can support her without adding more pressure! Looking forward to a great season for Peyton!

First swim meet - an internal practice meet

Oh…and mommy got roped into being an assistant coach for Peyton's group given my swimming background. I was nervous at first but LOVE it and love helping the kids, and having that time to use a skill I have. Thankfully we found someone who watches Shiloh for me which means I have some time away and get to work with the kids and do something challenging and it is a win win for everyone!

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