Sigma Featured Staff Member Of The Week
Vegas is one of our coaches at Sigma Burleson THR location. Today we interviewed her focusing on coaching and motivation.
Q: How and why did you become involved in the sport swimming?
A: I became involved in swimming because I really wanted to branch out from the sports I was playing like basketball and track, it has given me many opportunities I wouldn’t have ever had before.
Q: What do you hope your swimmers will learn from you?
A: I hope that they learn that they can do anything no matter what it is even if you don’t think it’s possible. I hope they learn a since of accomplishment and what it means to work for something.
Q: What does coaching the sport of swimming mean to you?
A: The world. I’ve had the opportunity to teach amazing kids, adults and babies. I don’t think I can explain the impact it has on my life, and how much I love coming to work.
Q: How did you stay motivated in the sport growing up, and how do you keep your swimmers motivated?
A: My junior year, I developed anxiety from school and work and swim. It doesn't seem like a lot to a non-swimmer, but to those who swim know the struggle. I ended up quitting swim. But I can learn from my past, and teach my kids the importance of the sport, and that no matter how hard it gets, just push through, because I wish I did.
Q: What is your favorite thing about coaching the sport and your favorite thing about your swimmers?
A: My favorite thing about coaching is seeing the progress in my swimmers, I love when they finally get a skill down, it’s priceless.
Q: Who do you think are one or more of the greatest swimmers ever and why?
A: Most I think will lean towards a famous swimmer, but I’m going to go with someone I know personally, and that is Amelia Flug, she’s been swimming her whole life, she’s not only an amazing swimmer, but she’s one of the most responsible, hardworking and compassionate girls I know. She not only pushed through and finished her swim seasons out, but she was captain, always managed to keep her cool and just keep swimming, and for that reason I look up to her.
Q: What do you tell a young child that is afraid of the water at his/her first swim lesson and how do you try to make it less scary for them?
A: I’ve taught a lot of kids who are afraid of water, I try to get their mind off the water, ask them questions, start conversation and ease their way into the pool, they end up getting more comfortable, it’s just one step at a time.
Q: How do you prepare a swimmer for his/her first USA swim meet?
A: I’ve never done this before, but I’d imagine I’d tell them that they know what they’re doing and just go out there, have fun, and leave your heart in the pool.
Q: What is your favorite thing about being around your swimmers and the atmosphere of Sigma?
The people at Sigma are family. Everyone is so friendly and nice to be around. My favorite thing has to be how much everyone makes it feel home-like.
Q: What do you like to do when you are not coaching?
A: I like to play guitar, sing, go to church and read.