I practically have my own team!
Here we are at the end of Claire's second year on our swim team. Our team coaches have been wonderful with her! All along they have let her use a floatation device of one kind or another because with very little lower body strength we feared it would be years before she could attempt to join in.
Remember last year's ducky floater?
So, here we are at the end of her 2nd year on the team. At the request of one of the coaches, I searched high and low and found one of those floaties that has removable foam pads. For weeks now, we have slowly removed pads from the front and back of it. Claire was unaware. Because it became apparent to me that she now has the strength to swim, but not the confidence or endurance. Slowly she has built up more endurance. More confidence.
Last week I forgot the floatie and had to wait for big brother to bring it from home for practice. But, practice started and coach decided not to use it. Miss Claire surprised everyone and swam 3/4 of the pool to him without it!
So last night, at the end of her 2nd year swimming...
Claire lined up for her 25 freestyle missing a little something!
A little something that she doesn't need anymore!
See for yourself.
Yes, she grabs the lane line quite a lot. More than she really needed to. Out of nervousness I think. But, that's okay.
She DID it!
She swam just like all the other 6 and unders!
And she was so very proud of herself!