Sigma Featured Staff Member Of The Week
Avery is one of our coaches at the Sigma Swim Fort Worth East (TWU) location. Today we interviewed her focusing on coaching, the atmosphere of Sigma and motivation.
Q: How and why did you become involved in the sport swimming?
A: I started when I was 8 when my childhood friend didn't want to join our local summer league team alone. I fell in love and have been doing it ever since.
Q: What do you hope your swimmers will learn from you?
A: I want them to learn comfort and love for the water.
Q: What does coaching the sport of swimming mean to you?
A: It means sharing my love for the water with other people. it also means teaching safety to others.
Q: How did you stay motivated in the sport growing up, and how do you keep your swimmers motivated?
A: It just comes naturally to me. When I try and take time off my life becomes so unorganized. Swimming helps me keep everything together.
Q: What is your favorite thing about coaching the sport and your favorite thing about your swimmers?
A: I live for the privilege of seeing the expression on my swimmers' faces when they finally do the thing they've been working so hard to accomplish
Q: Who do you think are one or more of the greatest swimmers ever and why?
A: I'm a bit biased about this but, Dana Volmer. The very first swim team I joined as a kid (Granbury Seals) pretty much set the foundation for Dana's Olympic career. She won gold in the 100 fly and probably countless other events, but she keeps in touch with her roots in Granbury with the TAAF coach that made 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 reassure him/her that I'm right here, and I remind them of how brave and far they've come.
Q: How do you prepare a swimmer for his/her first USA swim meet?
A: I don't coach kids who go to meets, but I would most likely take a laid-back approach. I know how easy it is to burn out, so just emphasizing that the child should have fun would be the only preparation necessary. Real preparation is completed in practice.
Q: What is your favorite thing about being around your swimmers and the atmosphere of Sigma?
A: Getting to see how excited everyone is to learn.
Q: What do you like to do when you are not coaching?
A: Swim, school, and art.