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Thank you for stopping by.  My name is Sergio Lopez Miro and I have been involved in the swimming world as a swimmer or as a coach for almost 40 years.  Swimming has given me a path in life and my goal is to share some of my thoughts and experiences here with you.  Let me know what you think and enjoy!

 

 

Entries in Bolles (32)

Thursday
Jul192012

Go Bolles! Good Luck at the 2012 Summer FLAGS

Today in a couple of hours we will have our young Bolles Sharks competing at the 2012 Florida Age Group Championships (FLAGS). This is the first time in five seasons that I miss watching our young Sharks competing against the best in Florida. I am double sad because I will not be able to cheer for our swimmers and at the same time I will not be able to see Harley compete. My son Cobi aged up (11-12) and he missed making his cuts. I feel bad for him but he is there to support the team, his sister and in case they need him for any relay.

From outside of London (England) I just wan to wish BEST OF LUCK to all the Bolles swimmers, parents and coaches. So far each one of you has done a tremendous job working to be ready for this meet and I have no doubts that everyone will do very well. Last summer we surprised the Sarasota YMCA (little sharks ;-) to win the championship and I am sure that each one of you is ready to do the same again this summer.

BELIEVE & NEVER GIVE UP!

I am thankful to Florida Swim Network for the great coverage of the Florida meets and I will be watching as much as I can their webcast at:

http://www.floridaswimnetwork.com/events/

GO BOLLES!

SWIM FAST & HAVE FUN!!!

 

Sunday
Jul152012

Clare Blackwell - IronClare

Clare Blackwell is currently an Assistant Coach at Millfield School (England), but before she moved to England with her husband Wes we were very lucky to have Clare with us for few years at The Bolles School.

This past 24th of June, Clare was in Nice (France) competing at an Ironman in order to raise money for The Children's Cancer Fund of Dallas and had an accident. During the cycling part of the race Clare was hit by an ambulance that was going to attend an injured competitor. The accident caused major damage to Clare with a collapsed lung, broken hip and head trauma. At first she was induced into a coma to try to prevent or minimize brain damage, she was back in the USA by July 5th and by the 6th she said her first word and smiled at her sister. She is recovering! 

I don't now where to start about Clare and her husband Wes. Two great individuals that make an amazing couple that have touched many lives. One of them is mine ;-) 

Clare and I worked together at Bolles. She was a Senior Assistant Coach and the Assistant Aquatics Director, so she worked very closely with me. Honestly she was a key part of my first two years of coaching at Bolles to really set a good foundation and help me do my job well.

Clare is a very passionate, intelligent and smart woman that loves swimming and life in general, and most important she wants to help people find their talents and reach their full potentials as student-athletes and as human beings.

Personally I will always be thankful to Clare for helping me everyday to be the best I could be. She was always calm and brought everyday a beautiful smile to work, she was never afraid to tell me what she thought and many times to give me great advise and direction. Clare could take a good joke, but most important she had the ability to make each one of the coaches feel comfortable and good about what we were doing. With the swimmers she was wonderful, she always knew how to treat each one of them to make them feel special and always took the time to talk with them before or after practice. 

Most impressive to me is that she was always in good spirits and ready to help somebody even when having her husband Wes at different overseas missions or training with the Navy. In two years we only saw her once "explode" at a situation in the office and few minutes later we were just laughing about it. Amazing spirit and very strong woman. 

As a young coach she was always ready to ask questions and learn. She was like a sponge absorbing as much as she could to make sure that she would be the best that she could be for her swimmers.

When I first got to Bolles I was a little confused about why I was there. I left college coaching mainly because of my mother and my family, and I had a long term goal internally as a college coach that now it was gone. For the first six months of being at Bolles, I was trying to figure out what would be my next internal goal and believe me I was lost more than once. Coming to work every day and having a coach like Clare next to me helping me with the kids and having great conversations about swimming and life was a key factor that helped me understand why I was there. THANK YOU Clare! 

I am writing all this to ask you for your help in different way. First and most important is that if you have a couple of minutes every day think about Clare and send her your positive energy. I know that we all have many things to do in our busy lives, but if you are a swimmer, parents, or coach just think that Clare has maybe helped your kid already or in the future she could be working and helping your kid or you as a coach. It only takes a couple of minutes of closing your eyes, taking a deep breath to calm down and send your positive energy, thoughts or prayers to Clare for a full recovery. The other way you can help is by donating to help Wes and her family endure the expenses that this accident has brought them and will bring them. Here are some links:

Follow her progrees and donate at: https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/clareblackwell/createorsignin

Operation IronClare: http://www.operationironclare.blogspot.co.uk/ 

Now Clare if you can read this I want you to know that I have been thinking of you and I will keep thinking of you every day. Everyday I am sending you my positive energy and I want you to know that you can beat this and the only think to do is BELIEVE. You have done an amazing job touching peoples lives in a positive way and I know for sure that your journey is not over. It has just started.

BE STRONG & BELIEVE.

In a selfish way we need you, so you can continue sharing your wonderful spirit with your family and many swimmers, parents coaches. 

You know what I miss the most is "DANCING". I thought that now that we were coming to London, you Wes, Christian Bahr, Sandy and I could go out dancing and remember old times. We are great dancers ;-) Believe it or not.

Wes and Clare's family be strong your extended family is right here for you. Cheers!

Clare Thank You for everything and looking forward to seeing you and talking with you soon!

BELIEVE!

Saturday
Jul072012

London Calling - First Day of our Olympic Journey

At the Jacksonville airport with Joseph Schooling ready to catch our first plane on our way to London.

I am very excited to spend the next few days with Joseph and the Singapore Olympic Team. It is a privilege to be able to be one of the Olympic coaches for Singapore and at the same time a once in a lifetime opportunity to enjoy the 2012 Olympic Games.

Today Charlie Houchin and Ariana Kukors are traveling to meet with the rest of the USA Olympic Team in Tennessee. Also Coach Michael Walker will be attending the camp to help them with the next week's training before they depart for France for the second part of their training camp.

Also today Fabiola Molina and her husband Diogo Yabe left for Brazil to get ready to meet the Brazilian Olympic Team. We will miss both of them next year :-( Fabiola will be arriving in London by July 16th to continue with her adaptation for the Games.

Anderson Lim from Brunei will leave Jacksonville with Coach Christian Bahr July 23th to be there a week before he races.

Zach Payne from the Cook Islands left already to meet with his team and we will meet him in London soon.

Six Bolles Sharks have already started their 2012 Olympic Journey. Keep following my blog that I will keep it updated as much as I can.

Thanks for your support and BE ONE WITH THE WATER MY FRIEND.


Sunday
Jul012012

How Fast is Fast-Faster Than You Think

Here we are at the pool watching the final of the woman's 800 Free with Ledecky taking the lead. Very exciting race but hard to follow while I am writing.

Now the question for the next event is :
How Fast is Fast?
Joszef Nagy always told me with a great Hungarian grace. Sergio FAST is Faster than you think. Wise man ;-)

We are ready Coach Cristian and me to witness Faster than you think with the men's 50 Free coming next.

Enjoy and Go Bolles!

Sunday
Jul012012

Day 7 Prelims - Bolles Youth Ready to Swim FAST

Here we are after a week if watching 15 of our Bolles Sharks have an amazing experience at the 2012 USA Olympic Trials. In fifteen minutes we will have our younger swimmer only 14 swim the 50 Free. Kasey Schmidt swim the meet if her life. Right now I am standing next to her and her Coach Christian Bahr and she looks relax and happy. I think Coach Christian is more nervous hahaha ;-)

GOOD LUCK Kasey!!!

NO FEAR BABY!

Go Bolles!