Is Swimming Sinking In The League Of Sports With The Power To Pull Parents & Pupils In?

Go! - by Patrick B. Kraemer

SwimVortex invited response to some words I penned after a day at a schools swim meet. Among the replies (thank you to all who sent in their views) was one that reminded us that treading water can be a dangerous exercise if you stay in the same place failing to hear the cries of folk on the pier who wondered why you didn’t try to save yourself and have long since moved on. It was well over a decade ago that Wayne Goldsmith, an Australian coach of coaches, was to be found among those penning Cassandra-like words on the state of swimming. He says that what he’s had too say on the subject on many occasions has “gone un-listened to”. Here’s a 2010 article – does the picture he painted then – and six years before it – still ring true?

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SwimVortex invited response to some words I penned after a day at a schools swim meet. Among the replies (thank you to all who sent in their views) was one that reminded us that treading water can be a dangerous exercise if you stay in the same place failing to hear the cries of folk on the pier who wondered why you didn’t try to save yourself and have long since moved on. It was well over a decade ago that Wayne Goldsmith, an Australian coach of coaches, was to be found among those penning Cassandra-like words on the state of swimming. He says that what he’s had too say on the subject on many occasions has “gone un-listened to”. Here’s a 2010 article – does the picture he painted then – and six years before it – still ring true?

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