Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Diversity and Swimming -- and community leaders

George Houston, Senior Director at the Center for Creative Leadership, spoke at USA Swimming's Diversity Summit, Nov. 12-14 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. His topic: Leadership in a Diverse World.

One of the swimmers on the high school team came to me yesterday and said that she didn't want to compete in swim meets. Humm. I said I'd think about it and we'd talk again. That's a moment to educate -- but -- as the coach it can be a move for an new step to diversity and keep the swimmer engaged in the team, but not in the meets. My counter offer is pending. But, the team might have a new head timer. That task is going to be with a bigger burden, perhaps, than that of swimming in meets.

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