At the beginning of the swim season, Gabe set a goal to make All-Stars this year. At eight years old, he’s at the older end of his age group, and he’s been swimming with 8-unders since he was five.
This, he said, was his year.
He worked hard this season. He improved his times, he improved his starts, he improved his finishes. And it all paid off: in the Divisional meet, he came in 2nd in back stroke, 1st in breast stroke, and 1st in 100M IM (a 25-meter lap of each of the 4 strokes). He killed it.
Despite the fact that we don’t swim in the fastest division in the league, his times were good enough to get him into All-Stars, not in just one, but in two strokes.
This past weekend, he swam in his first All-Star meet.
We are so proud of him. And, even better, he’s so proud of himself.
Sometimes, the universe hands you a perfect teaching moment all wrapped up with a bow on top. Look, my son: HARD WORK PAYS OFF!