This statistic really troubles me for your swimming!
I was troubled to see this statistic. Ironically its from the very same video that Kelly Parker Palace - host of Apple's top-ranked swimming podcast - talks about helping her with an amazing improvement as a World Ranked #1 62 yr old female swimmer.
Sometimes, when you're passionately firing out videos, tips and advice into the 'ether' it's hard to know if, how and whyyou're having an impact?
What is easier to see is the demographic you are reaching with all the whizz-bang stats these platforms can show you nowadays 🙋♂️ 🤷♀️
However, over the weekend I was troubled to see the stat below (heavily weighted towards the blokes 🧐). This is ironically from the very same video that Kelly Parker Palace - host of Apple's top-ranked swimming podcast - references in her letter above that helped her make that amazing improvement as a World Ranked #1 62 year old female swimmer:
My initial response at seeing that stat - and then serendipitously receiving Kelly's email the day after - was to nudge the female swimmers in my Squad towards not missing out on the video Kelly was talking about which embraces individuality for any level of swimmer, and that which facilitated this realisation for Kelly at her already high level of swimming and coaching:
It would appear that Dr. Google's stats suggest I'm clearly “off the mark” when it comes to engaging an inclusive audience though, and this concerns me. Luckily Kelly elected to watch all 37 minutes of that video and had the result that she did, but perhaps things aren't quite as engaging for you as they could be?
Ultimately, I just want to help as many people improve their swimming at whatever level, age, gender, background they might be (it is after all the whole ethos of our “Swim Types” system of coaching after all!).
So, here's your chance - whoever and wherever you are in the world and in your swimming journey - to provide me with some valuable feedback in which direction to nudge the Swim Smooth blog by completing the quick 7-minute survey below.
We're still finding our feet as we re-engage with you all after the unfortunate hiatus, so this week, please let me know how we could be serving you better, because winning for me - like Kelly - is not actually at all about your prowess and the position you 'finish', but about the fact that you are inspired to swim regularly in the first place due to the myriad of other benefits swimming brings 👍