tger greenhaddock: Doing swimmingly well

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Doing swimmingly well

A couple of weeks ago the Juniorette enquired at her swimming club if they could enter her in for some swimming competitions. She was told that her club do not swim competitively but to do so she would have to join a different club. Fortunately the head trainer/instructor overheard the conversation and said that if she was serious about swimming competitively he would help train her. He trains a lot of disabled swimmers and has been quite successful with his blind swimmers in the German disabled championships. The Juniorette would do extra training with the disabled swimmers. Both Mrs H & I think this is an excellent idea as many children grow up with little or no experience with being with disabled people.

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Anonymous Maribeth said...

I think that is a marvelous idea. My brother was handicapped and often other children were very cruel. I think today it is wonderful when schools and parents encourage kids to relate to each other despite one child's disability.

February 20, 2007 1:30 PM  
Blogger Expat Traveler said...

yes I think it's great! Thanks for stopping by, things have been chaotic lately.. job searching...

So yes I've taken swimming back up again... Also did you know I had a scholarship to univ in this?

I think it's great she wants to swim... How long is that pool? We swim 25m here... IT looks to be most 25 yards...

February 20, 2007 9:21 PM  
Blogger Expat Traveler said...

p.s. when I was smaller, it was all about getting ribbons when I swam... I think they do that everywhere, but it would be cool!

February 20, 2007 9:22 PM  
Blogger bigbikerbob said...

Hi,I spent 13 yrs working with the disabled, both Mental and physical and found most people,children included were not quite sure how to react or interact with people that are different.So This will certainly help your youngster.By the way I hope you did'nt forget Pancake day?.

February 21, 2007 12:08 AM  
Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

That's a wonderful idea. Having had a lot of contact with the physically disabled within the past 8 years, I know how important the integration and acceptance is to them.

Thumbs up for Juniorette :)

February 21, 2007 11:28 AM  
Anonymous kate said...

A great experience for for daughter. How long before she starts her own blog?!

Kate. Lovetolead

February 21, 2007 5:01 PM  
Blogger Ex-Shammickite said...

Good Luck to your young lady. Does it seem as though she's growing up before your very eyes? What a good experience for her.

February 22, 2007 8:15 PM  
Blogger christina said...

Oh yes, this will be great for everyone involved. Excellent idea!

February 22, 2007 10:35 PM  
Blogger J said...

Definitely a great idea! More people should think like you and Mrs H nowadays.

February 23, 2007 11:56 AM  
Blogger Foolish said...

I think they do that everywhere, that's a great idea

February 23, 2007 4:12 PM  
Blogger Haddock said...

Maribeth - I think its important as many people don't know how to relate to handicapped people.

Expat Traveller - I'm not sure of the pool size. She starts her first training session tomorrow :)

Bigbikerbob - I did forget pancake day, but I always do. I always seem to remember on Ash Wednesday! :)

Canadianswiss - Acceptance and itegration should be a basic right for everyone.

Kate - She asked a while ago about starting a blog. I guess it will probably happen later this year :)

Ex-shammickite - She's growing up almost too quickly at times. Doesn't seem so long ago that she was still in nappies! :)

Christina - It should benefit everyone hopefully! :)

J - I wish other people would think like us as well! :)

Foolish - Thanks for stopping by! :)

February 25, 2007 10:25 AM  
Blogger Mike B said...

The club's initial reaction reminds me of the Groucho Marx comment about not joining a club that would have him ... good that a third party was listening in. The experience should be a good one.

February 26, 2007 12:43 AM  

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