PSC PODCAST! A historic 1st for our club!

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PSC Podcast!

This is a historic first for our club in our 90th year. Our first ever PSC podcast recording!

Thanks to Holly Harris, former PSC National qualifier for hosting and to our captains for their leadership, and for sharing their thoughts on the life skills swimmers learn through their competitive sport.

Senior Captains: Ella McNamara & Robbie Hemmings 

Senior Vice Captains: Catherine Eland & Tom Cutbush 

Junior Captains: Grace Montague & Harry Cutbush 

Junior Vice Captains: Sully Bayliss & Scarlett Cade

Honorary Captains: Lottie Vavasour, Freddie Beasley, Will Webster

 

At a time when many of our swimmers are sitting exams and school assessments, looking to transition to secondary school or even jobs and university, we think this honest and reflective insight into the highs and lows of the swimming journey, will give you lots to think about as you look to your own future plans.

What struck us most in editing the podcast recording was how refreshingly honest some of the shared moments are; whether it’s dealing with tough feedback, discussing times when things have gone wrong or the challenges of lockdown, our captains demonstrate the skills for which they have been selected – their resilience, organisation, motivation and DEDICATION!

What you will also hear is how much the club and the sport mean to our swimmers and just how much lockdown has impacted them. They have sorely missed the atmosphere of competitions and racing and we are doing all we can to get them back to that poolside buzz as soon as we possibly can!

Look out for the revival of a rather old-fashioned swim competition next week to celebrate our club anniversary, as well as some treat giveaways.

And if you want to learn more…

 

In our 90th Anniversary year, here are PSC’s top 9 swimming character traits that competitive swimming can teach – one for each decade of our club’s history.

Swimming teaches you…

9) PUNCTUALITY! 

Early morning training starts exactly when it says on the timetable! No-one wants to hang around at 5am, so if that’s the start time listed on the schedule, that’s the time practice begins. “I was late because my alarm didn’t go off!” doesn’t cut it with a swimmer or a swim coach! Likewise, officials at a swim meet won’t wait for you to run round to the blocks after the whistle! This punctuality training prepares you very well for working life.

8) HOW TO FOCUS ON THE DETAILS & THE BIGGER PICTURE. 

Swimmers spend hours perfecting their stroke technique. They also know how the start, the turn, the breakout and the 3 other strokes in an IM race slot together to produce a win and how a relay is won through excellent team work and communication! Swimmers learn how each piece fits into the whole. In the working world, you will need to be detail-oriented, but you’ll also be able to see how you are a cog in a wheel helping the entire team or project succeed.

 

7) HOW TO DEAL WITH CRITICISM!

Swim coaches give feedback to help their swimmers improve. If you just smashed gold and knocked seconds off your PB, chances are your coach will be delighted, but will also just mention that little extra breath as you came into the wall that you can work on next time! Sometimes, even a positive critique isn’t easy to hear. At work, your line manager will coach you on ways to improve, and swimmers have already learned this is simply to help you be better.

6) TIME MANAGEMENT! 

With morning and evening training, Strength and Conditioning, weekend meets and homework in between, managing your time well is the only way swimmers know to live. This will serve you immensely well in your career. Swimmers know how to pack it all in to their day.

5) HOW TO BE A TEAM PLAYER. 

You will meet many different kinds of people in a swim team and learn to get along with them at grumpy o’clock, on late night coach trips, over long days at competition, when you’re winning and when your own race or your relay didn’t go so well. Swim teammates support each other. In your working life, it won’t be all about you. The strength of your team is a concept that swimmers already understand.

4) HOW TO WIN AND HOW TO LOSE GRACIOUSLY. 

There’s always someone faster! Swimmers know this only too well. At work, there will always be someone who gives a better presentation than you, has a better rapport with customers, or is more skilled in a certain area. Swimmers know this doesn’t diminish their own worth or talent.  Swimming teaches you to keep improving and keep working hard. Even if you lose sometimes, you are still a great swimmer with a great work ethic and a lot to give and your next win is just around the corner!

3) WHEN TO HAVE FUN AND WHEN TO BE SERIOUS. 

Swimmers love the poolside chat, the singing on the team bus and the fun of hanging out with their team mates. But the second they get up on the block, it’s time to get in the zone! Chatting with colleagues is fun, but when it’s time to focus on the customer, or the meeting starts, swimmers can switch to focus mode!

2) HOW TO BE HEALTHY AND HOW TO DEAL WITH STRESS.

Swimmers learn the need for self-care and healthy lifestyles. You learn nutrition education; to wrap up warm after training to avoid a cold before a big meet; to make sure you sleep and find time to destress. All vital to be competition-ready. Swimmers also learn that a tough day at school can be made better by a good swim in the pool. Work-life balance as an adult? Sorted!

1) DEDICATION! 

You got up early and trained late. You devoted endless weekends to competitions. You drilled your starts and turns until you dreamed of racing in your sleep. You screamed for your team until your throat was sore. You believed after each and every race that you knew you could go faster. Next time! Attack your career with that same level of dedication and resilience and you’re guaranteed to succeed!

LET’S GO PSC!