The real victory
Tuesday, 3rd February, 2015
Savannah Morris from the Broken Hill Aquatic Stingray’s has just returned from the 2015 South Australian State Age Swimming Championships with a winning smile and full of enthusiasm.
After a chat with Savannah on the pool deck Tuesday afternoon, the following thoughts about what she had achieved came to mind.
Every day, we read stories about sporting competitions where the winner is praised to the Gods while the loser is at best forgotten.
Everybody wants to be a winner. Who wouldn’t want to reach the finish line first?
But sometimes winning is not just about finishing first. The real victory lies in participating sportingly, striving to do your best and achieving your goals. This makes each of us a winner, whether we hold the trophy or not.
This wraps up Savannah’s experience at the State Championships in a nut shell. After a full swimming program at the Country Championships where Savannah finished as the top 14 year old girl, in the 14/15 years age group point score. Savannah travelled to Adelaide and competed in seven events in the very competitive 14 year old age group, spread out over the four days of the Championships where the preliminaries are held in the morning and the finals held in the evening. Savannah qualified for two finals and achieved her goals by setting personal best times in both finals finishing in 7th place.
To put the competition into context, in the 50m freestyle Savannah finished in 18th place out of 35 competitors with only 3 seconds separating 1st to 35th place with the 3 top place winners achieving Australian qualifying times.
The clubs head coach Steven Moore also attended the championships and said that Savannah should be proud of her results and with her continued commitment to training she will continue to come home with that winning smile. Well done Savannah.
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the swimmers from the other swimming clubs on their achievements at both the Country and State Championships.
The outlook for the Broken Hill Aquatic Stingrays is looking good with the clubs head coach securing some top coaches from South Australia to come here to run a couple swimming clinics for the clubs swimmers in the near future. The clubs swimmers are now back in the pool preparing for an assault on the school and interstate carnivals.