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PASEO AQUATICS NEWS & NOTES

October 2023



Saftey First, Always


As we dive into the heart of the fall swimming season, it's essential to ensure the safety and well-being of all our athletes. If you notice anything that raises concern, please don't hesitate to reach out to Kelly Zancanaro, our dedicated SafeSport Representative, at SafeSport@paseoaquatics.org or (661) 645-4268. Rest assured, all reports are treated with the utmost confidentiality and will only be shared with necessary parties for further review.


Monthly Education Segment: Swimming Shouldn't Define You


In our continuous effort to support our swimmers and their families in a holistic way, we're introducing a monthly segment focused on education. This month, we explore the notion that swimming should not define who you are but rather contribute to your overall growth and development as individuals.


We encourage both parents and swimmers to read the insightful article "Goldminds: Swimming Doesn't Define You, These Eight Characteristics Do" available at Swimming World Magazine. It offers valuable perspective on maintaining a healthy balance between athletic pursuits and personal identity.


Message from Coach Trevor: "Keeping Swim Fun"


When invited to share the first of many pieces of advice regarding swimming, I chose to emphasize a principle echoed at our recent team banquet: "Always have fun." As we continue to familiarize ourselves with each other, you'll come to realize that I often communicate through two lenses: objectively and subjectively.


Let's start with the objective viewpoint and some research:

  1. Stress triggers the production of cortisol, commonly referred to as the stress hormone.

  2. Prolonged exposure to cortisol can result in fatigue, headaches, weakened immune response, and inflammation, among other symptoms.

  3. Consider the impact on your performance if you're constantly fatigued, experiencing headaches, falling ill before crucial competitions, or suffering from joint inflammation affecting your range of motion and strength.

  4. Stressing over swimming, school, friendships, and other aspects of life elicits tangible physical responses in your body.


So, how can we mitigate cortisol levels?

  1. Foster positivity by smiling, laughing, and cultivating friendships.

  2. Endeavor to know everyone's name and some of their interests within your class or group, ensuring you always have someone to connect with.

  3. Extend goodwill by introducing yourself to individuals from other teams at swim meets, offering words of encouragement before and after competing.

  4. Incorporate belly breathing techniques to manage stress effectively (more details will be shared via a separate email).


But how does prioritizing fun improve swimming, Coach Trevor?

  1. It enhances engagement across all aspects of training and competition. When you're genuinely excited about practice, seeing friends, and working out, your performance naturally improves.

  2. Similar to my passion for Star Wars, investing in something enjoyable increases your commitment and dedication. The more fun you have swimming, the more invested you become, leading to faster progress.

  3. Ultimately, embracing the fun aspect of swimming contributes to overall happiness, aligning with the sport's essence as a source of enjoyment.


In conclusion, I challenge both parents and athletes to identify activities in their lives devoid of predefined outcomes and apply that sense of joy and fulfillment to endeavors driven by specific goals. For instance, I find immense pleasure in my custom Star Wars Lego collection, which serves solely to bring joy into my life. By emulating the pure fun and positivity derived from such activities, we can navigate outcome-driven scenarios with a renewed sense of optimism and resilience.


Upcoming Events:


  • Paseo Fall Kickoff: October 14th – October 15th at Santa Clarita Aquatic Center.

  • Kevin Perry Meet: November 2nd – November 5th at La Mirada Splash! Regional Aquatic Center.

  • Buena David Graham Meet: November 4th – November 5th at Ventura Aquatic Center.


We look forward to seeing our athletes continue to excel and enjoy their swimming journey.


We are Paseo. ⚜️ #BetterTogether


Paseo Aquatics Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing comprehensive swimming programs for individuals of all ages and skill levels. Since our establishment in 2010, we have evolved from a small competitive team to a prestigious Top 100 organization renowned nationally for delivering exceptional aquatic instruction and training services across the Santa Clarita Valley community. Our overarching mission is to inspire and empower young people to become champions both in the pool and in life by guiding them along the 'Path of Excellence' in swimming and beyond.

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