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Chlorine Chronicle (Archive)

NMSC Mar/01 Newsletter

Swimming Without Floaties

... or My First Swim Meet

I am a rookie Master swimmer - a Minor Master would be an appropriate title (minor has no age association in this context). I joined NMSC in September mostly for the fitness aspect and general desire to participate in something other than my children's hockey. Compete no I just want to swim for the enjoyment and exercise besides I am a morning swimmer, so I probably have missed more sessions than I have attended.

In January the Winterlude talk started. "Come on Cathy you should join in, it is a really good experience and it is just a fun meet, no one takes it too seriously".

Oh, but I thought what if my goggles fell off, or I fell off the starting block or the worst - I might be just too tired to make it to the end of the pool!!

Well thank goodness for all those Master Master's who are more than willing to share their stories of losing goggles or about bathing suits falling off. They made me laugh with delight at their misfortunes and made me realize that no one is there to judge you. Winterlude is a place where people with a common interest can go and compete with others or improve on their best personal times. The fact that we were being served pizza afterwards and getting together with team mates for a cold beer or two may have also swayed my interest. I decided to participate.

So here's what this Minor Master learned at her first swim meet:

A word of advice to any swimmer - Minor or Master - even if you don't want to participate, going to a meet is a wonderful opportunity to watch some amazingly good swimmers from our Nepean Master Swim Club compete!

Cathy Tierney - D group


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