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Some Final Thoughts from Coach Ava

August 24th, 2015 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner

That’s a wrap! I am so extremely proud of how all of you swam throughout the season. All of you improved tremendously as athletes both physically and mentally, which was wonderful to watch!

Regionals was a fantastic meet for us (we won!), so congratulations to all of you who participated that weekend. I would also like to send out a big congratulations to all of our Provincial Qualifiers, and to those who actually swam this past weekend at the provincial meet. Provincials are always exciting, but this year I saw some of the best swimming I’ve seen yet- way to go, guys! We had 5 of our relays medal on Friday, and 5 again on Saturday, with 6 of those medals being gold! There were records broken, outside snipes, and some major TSN turning points!

As you guys know, this was my last season with the Kigoos and what a season it was! While I am extremely sad about leaving, I am also bursting with happiness about how this season went, and how my time with the Kigoos has been. As a swimmer, I would look forward to May 1st every year because that is when summer began, when I would get to set foot back on deck at Steveston Pool, find out who my coach would be, and be reunited with all of the people that I would be spending the next four months with, day in and day out. As a coach, I looked forward to May 1st for different reasons; how tall did you all get? Who’s voice dropped? How did my group look? How did the team look? For over a decade my year has been clearly divided into summer (May 1st to the end of Provincials) and all those other seasons. Thinking forward to next year, I think that I will probably have some sort of crisis on May 1st when I realize that it’s not in fact summer yet, that I’m not allowed to swim at outdoor pools yet, and most importantly that I won’t get to see all of you! From the bottom of my heart I would like to thank each and every one of you from Tater Tots up to Senior for being such a hugely important part of my life. You have all had your little impacts on the way that I think, the way that I look at the world, and the way that I approach situations (and the way that I dance), and for that I cannot thank you enough!

I hope that you all have an amazing school year, and that you keep swimming for the rest of your lives! Kigoos is one of the best things that will ever happen to you regardless of how fast or slow you are, I promise. Now, there is no way that I will be able to stay fully out of the loop, so I will definitely be popping in from time to time, and you bet that I’ll be wanting to know “what’s new and cool”. Until then I will miss you all dearly! Thank you for such a great run!

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