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Articles by Dartes Swimmers Past and Present

Every now and again, someone pops up out of the deep end and writes an article for the website. Sometimes these are former Dartes swimmers with happy memories to share. Often they're current members with something special or interesting to shout about. Either way, if it's interesting and in some way connected to Dartes or Doncaster Swimming, we'll probably publish it.
Here's one of those articles.

The Stories behind the Headlines


With so many injuries floating around the Dartes training pool these days, an outsider might wonder what we're doing wrong. But when you know the truth, it almost becomes comical.

A school skiing holiday gone wrong; a teenage boy closing a door -- on his fingers; a school dry slope ski trip tumble; another one falling down stairs; use your imagination, you'll probably guess another one or two. Heaven help us if the list continues.

There's a possibility that they're all just trying to escape morning training because, as Andrew Trofimowicz relates, the injured swimmers don't seem half as fazed by their predicament as their parents do.

It's hard being a DAD

At times we seem to be little more than a nocturnal taxi driver.
Never paid...
Rarely thanked...

But then we get far more back through enjoying their achievements when they do well in a gala. It doesn't need to be national times, nor even medals, a simple PB can make all the early mornings seem worthwhile.

What happens though when the unexpected happens? They get injured or ill and cannot swim. After the initial shock and concern for their welfare, thoughts turn to what it means to swim.

Can they train?
If so, will it need to be cut down?
When does the medical profession say they will be "back to normal"?

Of course, "Normal" means being back to how they were before the injury/illness. Then the dreaded question that needs an answer no matter how bad:
Can they still swim in the forthcoming gala/event?
Will they be fit enough?

This is a new experience for me but one no doubt felt by lots of other parents. I know I handled it worse than the swimmer in our family. I went into extreme panic mode, worrying that they may not get back to the mythical "Normal" that they once were.

Was the hospital's advice correct? Did the doctor really appreciate that they were not dealing with a "normal" child but a child that swims; and we all know how different that is! Should I be seeking a second or even third opinion?

Perhaps we have been lucky, he seems to be recovering exactly as the doctors predicted; only time will tell. However, I have learnt that our swimmer was more "normal" in his attitude to the injury than his dad.

He rationalized what had happened and what he would miss. And though initially very upset at the prospect of not competing he quickly came to terms with how he would get back to training and competing and that it wasn't as I had predicted "the end of the world". Even now if I pass comment I get a withering look and I'm told to "get over it - I have".

Swimmers are so much better at dealing with what life throws at them than parents.

Who'd ever be a dad of a swimmer?
Me. Every time. Because as this incident demonstrates, swimming teaches them so much more than just how to go through the water fast!