One of the best youth and kid sports to participate in is swimming, because of the phisical benefits. We also have pictures and a history of the sport.
Want to try something this summer that is both fun and great exercise? Then swimming may be the sport for you!
Swimming - History
Since water has been around even before mankind, swimming has always existed. Drawings dating as far back as 2000 B.C. prove that people participated in swimming, even back then. Competitive swimming started in the 1800's in Europe, and was one of the events in the first ever modern Olympic games in 1896.
Swimming - Health Benefits
Spending some time at the pool is one of the best cardio workouts you can do. Of course, this doesn't mean laying poolside working on your tan! Swimming benefits your heart and lungs and also builds muscle and endurance. It helps people relieve stress as well, because it allows you to let your mind focus just on your technique. Unlike other sports like football and basketball, swimming is an activity that you can do throughout your whole life. There is less stress on your bones and joints since the body is supported by water.
Swimming - Competitive Swimming
People can start swimming competitively around the age of five. From there they can compete in high school, college, and if they are really good, the Olympics. There are 17 different events a person can compete in. These events comprise of four different competitive strokes - the butterfly, backstroke, breastroke and freestyle. Each of these strokes has different race lengths offered - like running events there are short sprint races and there are long endurance races. Aside from individual races, there are also relay races - the medley and freestyle.
I think my number one favorite sport is swimming. I like swimming because it is very good for your body. It gives you lots of exercise and endurance. Since I was five my dad has been bringing me to swimming lessons and my sisters have been teaching me too. I joined a swimming club when I was only eight and have enjoyed it ever since.
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I love swimming and have been on a swim team since I was four years old. A lot of people that I know think that swimming is so easy and it is a whimp sport but if you really think that why don't you get in the pool and try the practices we do! I really don't like people saying it is a whimpy sport because I work so hard at it! Sometimes I feel like quitting because it is so hard but I just remember how much I really enjoy the sport!
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Jennifer J, a 14-year old swimmer at Crawfish Aquatics in Louisiana, wanted to enter a local writing contest, and she could think of no better topic than the sport that she lives and loves. She put together the following piece where her goal is to explain to an outsider this sport that we’re crazy about and still drives us crazy.
What is water? Some people say we can’t live without it. We need it for survival. It is their enemy. It is their friend. It is unpredictable and wild, yet it is tame and inviting. Water… so undefinable. But to me, the pool is my home, the water is my best friend, hard work is my passion, and swimming is my life. An outsider to the sport would call us insane for staring at a black line for hours on end, but really it’s much more than that.
I began swimming two years ago. I thought it would be fun and great exercise, little did I know that I would soon be addicted to it and never turn away. I was definitely not a natural, I slowly worked my way up the list, and I am now on an exclusive community team that is the defending state champions. I’ve been through everything you can imagine- injuries, losses, wins, friendships, enemies, sickness- yet I would never trade the lessons I learned from that for the world. Truly, swimming is a great sport. At one meet you might be ranked number one, then at the next you may finish last. It is such a fast-moving sport.
Every true swimmer has the will to work hard and get better every single day. It’s this that pushes you through those grueling practices where you just want to pass out; it’s what makes you spend an unfathomable amount of time in the pool just to shave off a millisecond in your next race; it’s what consumes your thoughts every second of the day to just achieve that unimaginable goal time. This is why swimming is not for the feeble-minded. It is the most mentally challenging thing I have ever done. You must train your hardest to overcome your fastest enemy who may as well be your best friend in the lane next to you. Swimming is simply unbelievable.
I never knew I had such a strong passion for swimming until this summer. I spent more than 100 hours in the pool this summer and made some of the best memories of my life. It was worth getting up at 6:00 AM to train for hours a day instead of having tons of sleepovers with my friends. It was worth spending my summer going to two practices a day instead of going on fancy, luxury vacations all over the world. I made friendships that will last a life time and have discovered more things about myself than I ever thought was possible. This summer I found the will to succeed and never give up. I found it in the water.
I can apply this to any aspect of my life which is the amazing thing about swimming. When you are swimming a long set and feel like you are going to drown, this is where the champions are made.
Beneath the water is a different, complete world. It’s almost impossible to describe every aspect of it. I feel alive under the water. I feel free. I feel at home. I feel like myself. But most importantly I feel that my desire for success is greater than my fear of failure.