Sigma Featured Staff Member Of The Week
Madison is one of our coaches at our Sigma Fort Worth (TCCNW) location. Today we interviewed her focusing on water safety, her past competitive swimming and coaching.
Q: How and when did you decide to become involved in the sport of swimming?
A: I began swimming at age 8 with my older cousins at the Y. I was always a very competitive kid, at the time beating was my only goal.
Q: As a swimmer where there any swimmers that inspired you the most?
A: When I was younger I looked up to my swim coach, Amy Wilson (a FAST coach). She pushed me past my limits and never took no for an answer, she encouraged me in aspects of swimming and proceeds to be a large impact on my life.
Q: What were your favorite and least favorite strokes and why?
A: My two favorite strokes were Butterfly and Breaststroke because they were the two I had the most success in and my two least favorite strokes were Freestyle and Backstroke because I wasn’t as successful in the two and well, losing is just no fun.
Q: Was there anyone that motivated you the most as a swimmer?
A: My dad. He is and will always by my number one fan. From waking me up for 6 am practices, yelling over coach Andrew (imagine that) telling me to push harder and breathe less to devoting weekends to swimming for me, never letting me give up.
Q: What did you like most about being a competitive swimmer?
A: The competition. Relying on myself and myself only to get the time I was striving for or to beat the person I wanted to beat. Win or lose, that was on me.
Q: Do you think it is important to speak to your swimmers about water safety and why?
A: Yes, teaching water safety from a young age is so important because it is key for children to understand the dangers in the water and therefore how to behave in the water.
Q: What do you hope your swimmers will learn from you?
A: To swim confidently and correctly. I’m hoping to continue advancing my swimmers to the next group.
Q: How do you help a young swimmer to overcome the fear of the water?
A: Give him/her time to adjust in the water, some children do need space and patience while others just need that (literal) push for them to realize that they are in safe hands and will be fine.
Q: As a Lifeguard what are your thoughts on drowning prevention?
A: There are precautions that do need to be taken, something as simple and not letting your kid be in the pool without and adult at least an arm’s length away will do wonders. I’ve had parents fall asleep on the pool side while their kid was in the pool in just floaties, outrageous.
Q: If you were not a coach today what do you think you would be doing today?
A: I’d probably be helping out more during the week at my mom’s banquet hall.