Thank you to everyone who has been a part of our season of 2020-2021. Our coaching team is thankful that we had the opportunity to get onto the deck with our team and build our physical and mental resistance through commitment, leadership, community, grit, and resilience.
Within the lower school ages, our waiting list stretches as long as the number of members on our team, finding swimmers to fill the spaces within the Lower School Team could not be easier, team selections though are always hard!
Critical questions we ensure our program asks are the following:
- Is our facility safe and clean?
- Is it fun?
- Are the students learning & growing?
- Are their friends here and are they building connections?
- Will they come back next time?
- Are we challenging ourselves to be world class coaches?
These check points can ensure our participations remain in sport (swimming) for longer.
Our Upper School team this year defied what was sadly happening in sport this year. Record low levels of participation within sport was being observed, certainly more than the usual ‘Teenage Tumble’. I spoke with coaches in SCIS, outside of SCIS throughout mainland China and the answers all came back the same, a record number of ‘Teenage Tumble’ was ripping through every sport. Keeping teams together was proving hard and sometimes impossible, teams were breaking apart in the midst of a season and participants were simply not showing up.
SCIS Upper School Swim Team did not follow this trend and we maintained the full team we gained and warmly welcomed the following Upper Schoolers to our team: Jeanne Basdevant, Josephine Desaulles, Julie Hoogwater, Sep Hoogwater, Juyong Kim, Jankin Ng, Mikeal Nordgard, Yi-Qing Shen & Isaac Wang. Our department were delighted to welcome our new Lifeguard James Liu who has settled in wonderfully.
As a team, we overcame obstacles and kept moving forward. Some of you found the motivation to keep going and challenge yourself when you thought you might quit, some of you dialed in and achieved school records, a few of you achieved national qualifying times. All of us made connections that we should all try our best to maintain and stay in touch. With these friends we have created memories that will stay with you for a long time to come.
Throughout the last week of practice, our team said our goodbyes to the swimmers who will not be returning to SCIS after the summer vacation, as always this is an emotional time for the team.
For all of the swimmers who will not be returning, the SCIS Coaching Team would like to say.
Thank you for your commitment.
Thank you for your effort.
Thank you for bringing your unique self through those locker room doors each training session. Thank you for the memories!
As many people know Coach Jane shall be moving on to a new position after the summer vacation. Coach Jane started in Jan. 2017 and was tasked with leading our new under 8 team. Some of those swimmers in that 2016-2017 under 8 team who learned how to swim competitively are still on our team and thriving! Those swimmers are Alex Chang, Aaron Dong, Willy Kim, Nina van Lankveld, Ella Lim, Sofia Tspaily & Alexia du Bois de Vroylande. For those swimmers and not limited to, this is an emotional goodbye.
It became apparent quickly that Coach Jane had the coaching sparkle. She possesses the ability to motivate and challenge the swimmers and can build the drive and desire to seek continual improvement.
As a coach entering my 21st year in the industry I can say with absolute sincerity Coach Jane is without a doubt one of the most talented coaches I have had to pleasure to work alongside.
We are 100% supportive to see Coach Jane meet new opportunities & challenges, just as she asks her swimmers to do daily. As a leader, it is my role to empower and create more leaders and Coach Jane is a great coach and, an amazing leader. Coach Jane will always be our esteemed colleague. 💙
Have a wonderful summer and look forward to seeing you at Try-outs next year! Before we break for summer each coach shall send out summer work-outs!
Congratulations to our Class of 2021: Thomas Fortoul, Mia-Sam Gabay & Sydney Funk.