It's with great sadness that I let you all know that our own Doug Brown suddenly passed on Saturday, August 26th. Upon having a massive heart attack after returning from playing racquetball, he passed in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. His daughter, Mia, was with him at the time. The trauma she and her sister and mom are going through right now, I would imagine, is indescribable. My heart is definitely with them. The world lost a precious, generous man this weekend. Doug didn't even have a swimmer on the team this year, but he volunteered to help in any capacity we needed. He's been our default Timing Board guy when we had the "pickle" system and offered to stay loosely on the Board this year helping where we needed him. Several times this year he has written me to tell me how great I am doing as President and to boost my morale when things looked overwhelming (as seen via the emails that go back and forth). Just Wednesday when he was at the meeting, he again stated he would help if we wanted to convert to TeamUnify for the website. "Bionic" Doug was becoming his nickname with his many synthetic joints and the outlook that he may need another surgery on the horizon.
I have been informed of a Celebration of Life ceremony for Doug Brown.
Saturday, September, 30th at 1pm
Horan and McConaty Funeral Service
5303 E County Line Rd
Centennial, CO 80122
Be safe and hug your loved ones today and every day!
President, Cook Creek Wahoos
Coach's Tip of the Week
Early Freestyle Catch:
The "catch" phase of the freestyle pull is the most important part and is the point where the swimmer's hand and arm begin to physically pull the water back. In order to maximize your power in your freestyle pull, an early catch is essential. Keeping your extended arm in freestyle up high near the surface until initiating your 'catch' is the first step. Then initiating the pull with a high elbow (forearm pulls to a vertical position) will propel your body early and keep your momentum going. Very few swimmers are " quick-catchers" and instead let their arm sink well below their body before they catch the water and pull.
Welcome to the Cook Creek Wahoos
Why join a swim team?
We’ve got 5 great reasons to help you warm up to summer swimming:
1. Swimming is great exercise – swimming is a high-energy, low-impact way to build strength and endurance. Daily practices and weekly meets get your swimmer moving almost every day during the season.
2. Swimming is a great way to make new friends – kids of all abilities practice and compete in their own age groups from year to year, creating lifelong friendships that last beyond school. It’s also a great way for parents to not only meet the neighbors, but actually get to know them while volunteering together.
3. Swimming is fun – kids don’t know they are exercising when they are swimming with friends, and they are building a love of a sport that can be enjoyed for a lifetime.
4. Swimming might make you smarter – regular exercise has been shown to improve academic/mental performance at every age, and can build skills leading to great jobs for teens like lifeguards and swim instructors, which look great on college applications and resumes.
5. Swimming teaches the value of setting & attaining goals – swimming is a team sport that also emphasizes personal best achievement through time improvement as a way to advance the team.