The feeling of missing out is hard to resist. Our club takes part in no less than 3 competitions this weekend at the ESSA school games, Ipswich (website doesn’t seem to be working at the moment) and the Middlesex Development meet, whilst Madison has bed rest to overcome the shoulder and hip operation from last week.
It’s the buzz you get, being part of the performance scene that makes up a lot of the swimmer’s psyche and if that is missing, the only way forward is the outlook for the long distance goals.
The outlook is most important as no swimmer can suddenly throw away 10 years of intense swimming and friendships formed around the pool.
We are very happy that the NHS has provided a great treatment plan, and Madison will get Physio support from next week. Another operation may be necessary to shape the shoulder bones, so that the joint gets optimum flexibility.
As bone from the hip was inserted into the shoulder, there may be awkard formation of the shoulder bones, which will need to be corrected.
It is all about determination and outlook.
In the meantime we can do our best to support the sport. Madison can return to coaching from next week and I am very happy to have been selected as official for the British Summer Swimming Champisonships in Glasgow in July.
Don’t forget all sports need volunteers to provide a good environment for our athletes to suceed to the top of their sports.