Tuesday, 20 September 2011
About 10 years ago I attended my first Raumati Swimming Club Race Night and have officiated at many since including tonight. It is a sport that heavily relies on parent support and could not function otherwise. My early years involvement were as a timekeeper, moving on to an I.O.T [an inspector of turns] and currently the Starter which I really enjoy. Swimming has brought our family many rewards and I will be eternally grateful to have had the opportunity to be involved. I have valued the spin offs from swimming into running, biking, triathlons and surf. It has been great to share in the girls' successes and give encouragement when all does not go well. I strongly believe that as parents if you do not show interest in your children's sport you devalue its importance. Sadly the girls' time draws to a close. I have enjoyed the opportunities that swimming has provided and appreciate the discipline, focus and determination that has been instilled.