Edgar is one of our coaches at our Sigma Swim Fort Worth South location. Today we interviewed him focusing on coaching, motivation and how to prepare a swimmer for his/her first swim meet.
Q: How and why did you become involved in the sport swimming?
A: Self-improvement and growth of the youth.
Q: What do you hope your swimmers will learn from you?
A: Dedication, perseverance and compassion.
Q: What does coaching the sport of swimming mean to you?
A: To overcome and adapt to any obstacles in life.
Q: How did you stay motivated in the sport growing up, and how do you keep your swimmers motivated?
A: I didn’t start swimming until I started coaching. Every day is a new day to get better and even though you think you know it all in this sport, something else always comes up. Swimming keeps us alert and alive.
Q: What is your favorite thing about coaching the sport and your favorite thing about your swimmers?
A: The relationships that grow over time and the fact that if you don’t put in the time, you will not improve. Swimming is repetitive and must be controlled with high discipline.
Q: Who do you think are one or more of the greatest swimmers ever and why?
A: The ones that show up early and stay late.
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: Everybody is different. I think analyzing the situation and taking the time to put ourselves in their shoes helps tremendously.
Q: How do you prepare a swimmer for his/her first USA swim meet?
A: Communication is key. Michael Phelps trained blind sometimes which allowed him to feel his swim. Muscle memory takes over and that’s when you get in your groove. I think if we practice every day like it was a meet, once it arrives it’s just another couple 25s.
Q: What is your favorite thing about being around your swimmers and the atmosphere of Sigma?
Q: What do you like to do when you are not coaching?
A: I love being out in nature or improving my mind and body in some way.