Sigma Featured Staff Member Of The Week
Taylor is one of our coaches at our Sigma Fort Worth Northwest (TCCNW) location. Today we interviewed her focusing on motivation and coaching.
Q: How and why did you become involved in the sport swimming?
A: My freshman year of high school, I decided to begin swimming because of the dangers I faced in other sports-- I was a huge runner, and over the years I'd messed up my knees and ankles because of it. I turned to swimming for an alternative, and it just stuck.
Q: What do you hope your swimmers will learn from you?
A: I hope they will learn perseverance and hard work pays off. I didn't start young like many of my fellow swimmers, but thanks to Sigma and especially my coach, Andrew, I far exceeded my initial goals despite entering the water at an older age.
Q: What does coaching the sport of swimming mean to you?
A: It means everything; it's something I genuinely love to do, as I have always enjoyed teaching. However, holding a position with sigma means even more, because it provides me with the opportunity to give back to the amazing organization and people that have done so much for me.
Q: How did you stay motivated in the sport growing up, and how do
you keep your swimmers motivated?
A: Like I said, I didn't grow up with it, but honestly what motivated me in high school was 1) proving even someone stepping in at an older age can reach their goals, and 2) to make my coach proud. Despite my stubbornness, he always continued to push me and sought to help me reach my fullest potential. I do the same with my swimmers and motivate them to be their best by encouraging them to set goals and work to attain them.
Q: What is your favorite thing about coaching the sport and your
favorite thing about your swimmers?
A: My favorite thing about coaching the sport and about my swimmers is just that-- my swimmers. Each one learns and grows differently, and requires a different approach, and it's an honor to be a part of the developmental process of each child that I get to help. Just being able to guide them--along with becoming their friend and someone they can talk to-- is the biggest reward, and by far my favorite part of the job.
Q: Who do you think are one or more of the greatest swimmers ever
A: Michael Phelps. The guy is amazing. He faced so much adversity growing up yet overcame it and is now one of the best swimmers in the world. It's inspirational, for sure.
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 make it fun-- make it a game. We take it slowly, inch by inch, step by step; I talk to them and show them everything first before I ask them to do it.
Q: What is your favorite thing about being around your swimmers and
the atmosphere of Sigma?
A: How genuine everyone is. Our staff members genuinely want to help our swimmers, and our swimmers genuinely want to learn the sport.
Q: What do you like to do when you are not coaching?
A: If you can't find me at the pool, I'm in my room studying.