Sigma Featured Staff Member Of The Week
Gia is one of our coaches at Sigma Swim’s Fort Worth Northwest (TCCNW) location. Today we interviewed her focusing on motivation, coaching and fear of the water.
Q: How and why did you become involved in the sport swimming?
A: My mother was a swimmer and she loved the sport, so she put me when I was 6, by the time I was 10 my life was all about swim.
Q: What do you hope your swimmers will learn from you?
A: I hope my swimmers learn that it is okay to not be the best as long as they try their hardest.
Q: What does coaching the sport of swimming mean to you?
A: Coaching swim means a lot to me because I have the ability to share my love for the sport to others.
Q: How did you stay motivated in the sport growing up, and how do you keep your swimmers motivated?
A: I stayed motivated because of my coaches and my mother they always pushed me to be my best and I motivate my swimmers by telling them how much they have achieved during practice and the goals they have reached.
Q: What is your favorite thing about coaching the sport and your favorite thing about your swimmers?
A: My favorite thing about coaching is that I am able to watch the swimmers grow as an amazing athlete and as a person.
Q: Who do you think are one or more of the greatest swimmers ever and why?
A: I think that Katie Ledecky and Mark Spitz are the greatest swimmers, Katie was 15 when she won the gold medal for the 800-meter free, I was amazed when I found out her age and it showed me that age doesn’t matter as long as you try hard, Mark Spitz set 33 world records, no matter how good we believed he was he always proved us wrong with another record.
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 ’d let a scared swimmer know that I am there with them and that there is nothing to be afraid and I would ask them questions to get them to focus on something else.
Q: How do you prepare a swimmer for his/her first USA swim meet? A: If I had to prepare a swimmer for his/her first USA swim meet I would remind them of some things to remember and that they trained for this and to just try their best.
Q: What is your favorite thing about being around your swimmers and the atmosphere of Sigma?
A: My favorite thing about being around my swimmers and the atmosphere is that I am constantly learning new ways to communicate and teach the kids not only as a coach but how to better communicate in the real world outside of the swim world.
Q: What do you like to do when you are not coaching?
A: I like to roller skate and swim with friends on my free time. Occasionally, I read or knit when I have nothing else to do.