Swimming Saturation.


The Arena Park Pool inland from us in Bayview, Chatsworth, is one we haven’t seen before. It is well-maintained and attractive. There were many dozens of competitors, but surprisingly few parents/spectators.

Swimming Season is with us again. How do I know? Well, for starters I have to take R (9) to her Club sessions twice a week again, and J (6) to her lessons, also twice a week.  That leaves me Friday free. Guess what: more likely than not Ill be asked to take them to the beach or the local Olympic pool on that day, if there isnt a competition on anyway. 

On Sunday R was in her first ever Level One provincial gala, and swam five events. She came 4th in the 200m medley but was then disqualified for something she did wrong with her arms in the breaststroke leg. Then she came 2nd in 50m freestyle, 3rd in the backstroke, 4th in butterfly, and 3rd in the 100m breaststroke. We have yet to find out whether she made the same mistake and earned disqualification in that. All in all, not a bad debut, though.

And, they’re off!

 Js class this year so far consists of a slightly older boy, and two other girls aged nine and ten. She held her own very well in that company, and was occasionally called upon to demonstrate some of the actions. 

Both grandchildren do sport swimming at school, there will be trials for the Super 8 and Squad as well as qualifiers for house teams, and then the first-term spate of galas. 

I think Ill stop taking water in my whiskey. 

© January 2018 Colonialist.
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Active septic geranium who plays with words writing fantasy novels and professionally editing, with notes writing classical music, and with riding a mountain bike, horses and dinghies. Recently Indie Publishing has been added to this list.
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13 Responses to Swimming Saturation.

  1. That looks a pretty big pool for the young ones what is it 50 metres?
    and as for putting water in whiskey. SACRILEGIOUS !! 👿

    Probably need to in whisky though, wouldn’t know meself; I’m a whiskey man too.

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    • colonialist says:

      The standard Olympic pool of 50 metres, indeed. It is a l…o…n…g way, as I discovered when accompanying R on her training for her 800 metre certificate which she did in April 2014. It was the longest swim ever undertaken by me, before or since.
      A fine but important distinction, that!

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  2. Well done to ‘R’! I’m sure she could teach me a thing or two when it comes to swimming. I would be disqualified on all counts. 😯

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  3. Vyf items is so baie! Oupa verdien beslis ‘n stywe dop en dan spaar jy nog water ook 🙂

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  4. Are you Granddad or Grandpa? Either way it comes across that you faithfully carry out your duties as a very proud grandfather.

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