So far the shoulder operation had little impact on Madison’s ability to return to performance swimming.
We are currently awaiting further x-ray and doctor’s appointments for more up-dates on the progress.
Madison will step down from the main competition squads as swimmer and become a Junior Masters swimmer instead. That also leaves the option of becoming a swim teacher and or coach in the future.
Madison loves coaching and helps out at the club at least twice per week. That is good for swimmers because Madison knows everything about preparing for and competing at events.
Club swimmers are doing very well. The club has swimmers at both British Summer Nationals in Glasgow and English Summer Nationals in Sheffield this year.
I will be helping out as Judge at both competitions, so we are involved in the competitions.
But, formally to be able to train as coach or teacher, Madison must have reached 16 years of age, until then all helping is purely voluntary. It should make an interesting addition to the GCSE schedule next year to also fit in coaching or swimming teacher training.
But, should Madison’s shoulder recover next season there would be nothing holding her back from getting back into performance swimming.
There is this very good ethos at Hackney Aquatics, who have a club for life ethos, that allows swimmers to switch squads and stay with the sport in whatever capacity.