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June 4, 2015 | Mike Knox

Swimmers Take Your Mark

 

The days of my participation in competitive sports are behind me these days but that does not mean I can’t find a way to be involved.  With my daughter taking a big interest in competitive swimming I have experienced a whole new realm of participation; that of a swim dad.  Addy belongs to a club team here in the Napa Valley (St. Helena Waves) and she swims year round with the team.  My participation comes during her meets with lots of time spent timing.  I have learned to love the timing aspect of the meets because I get to be right at the water’s edge with the best view of the races.  When my daughter is on the blocks I can watch her entire race and cheer for her even though I might be timing another swimmer.

 

 

Then there are the home meets.  It is all hands on deck to set things up and run the meet so there is usually a bigger role to play for the parents on our team.  I decided to take on a bigger role as head timer and wow was that a whole different level of participation.  I thought the head timer just held a stop watch and walked around looking official but that turns out not to be the case.  I learned quickly that I was in charge of making sure there were enough timers in every lane from all the different teams and that I had to start my watch for each and every race to have ready for handing off to any of the other parents that were not able to coordinate pressing a button at the flash of the starting light.  There were a lot of hand offs…All through the two days of the meet!  Yeah my daughter raced but did I get a chance to see?  Sort of… I got to see some of her starts and a few finishes.  More importantly I got to be involved in making the meet run smoothly so that my daughter could do what she does best which is swim fast and have a lot of fun with her friends.  I also love it because my daughter loves swimming and I am so thrilled to share that with her.

So where does the wine part come in with these ramblings of being a competitive swim dad?  Hot tub time of course! What better way to relax sore timing fingers than the warm waters of the tub and some soft, smooth, velvety, cab.

 

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