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The Week That Was #1: Swimming Parents: 10 Ways They Can Help Out Coaches

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By Wayne Goldsmith

A close friend and one of the giants of world swimming coaching has a saying:

“My idea of coaching heaven is to have a 10-lane, world-class swimming facility, with a fully equipped, professional quality gymnasium and a state of the art recovery centre built right alongside the world’s biggest orphanage.”

Why would someone with Olympic Gold medal, world record and world championship level coaching credentials feel so strongly about the challenges of working with swimming parents? Read More…

The Week That Was #2: British Down Syndrome Swimming Championships Sees Records Fall in Inaugural Meet

EDITORIAL USE ONLY L-R - Caroline Faithfull, Helen Thompson and Cerys McCrindle on the podium after the Women’s 200m Freestyle at the inaugural British Down Syndrome Swimming Championships, organised by Down Syndrome Swimming Great Britain (DSS-GB), at the K2 in Crawley. Picture date: Saturday November 19, 2022. PA Photo. 135 swimmers aged between 10 and 50, all of varying abilities, are competing in 44 events across the two days, culminating in the crowning of the British Champions for 2022. The competition, which is supported by leading London waste management company, Powerday and construction and engineering specialist, Keltbray, is a first for swimmers with Down syndrome who are not currently represented in the Paralympics. Photo credit should read: Matt Alexander/PA Wire.

Photo Courtesy: Matt Alexander/PA Wire.

By Dan D’Addona

World records were broken and personal bests were smashed at the action-packed British Down Syndrome Swimming Championships held on 19th and 20th November 2022.

The inaugural championships, organized by Down Syndrome Swimming Great Britain (DSS-GB), are a big move for the swimming world. Swimmers were able to compete at the highest level in a first-rate national competition at one of the top swimming facilities in the south-east, K2 Crawley. Read More…


The Week That Was #3: Olympic Trials Tickets Will Go on Sale in February to General Public


Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

By Dan D’Addona

“From day one, I truly believed that there was no bigger, more exciting, everything-on-the-line Olympic event in this country than the Swimming Trials and envisioned the heights that we could take it to,” USA Swimming President & CEO Tim Hinchey III said. “Given their track record, we are incredibly confident and excited in Indianapolis’ ability to conduct a technically flawless competition and to stage a world-class event. We are also proud of Indiana Sports Corp’s commitment to partnering with us in giving back to the local community and leaving a legacy far beyond our nine-day meet.” Read More… 


The Week That Was #4: Kristen Hayden Embracing Role as American Diving Pioneer

BLOOMINGTON, IN - JANUARY 14, 2022 - Kristen Hayden during the meet between the Louisville Cardinals and the Indiana Hoosiers at Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatics Center in Bloomington, IN. Photo By Andrew Mascharka/Indiana Athletics

Photo Courtesy: Andrew Mascharka/Indiana Athletics

By Matthew De George

Kristen Hayden’s intense focus doesn’t leave room for many what-ifs. Yet one looms in the background of everything she has achieved in her diving career.

What if, Hayden has pondered plenty, she hadn’t been steered in the direction of diving? What if the suggestion hadn’t been made to her mom by a fellow parent that maybe the precocious and athletic kid – with aptitude in the pool and in gymnastics, with energy to burn in dance classes – give diving a try? Read More…

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