Countless swim meets, loads of money and hours of early morning practices are just some of the sacrifices families make when they have a hopeful Olympic swimmer in the family.
But it’s all worth it in the end, say those involved in swimming — and this week, the Cascade Swim Club is looking to turn doggie-paddling into Olympic medals.
“We’re not making them swim lap after lap, but we want them to have fun and get used to the water,” Cascade’s Jason Pratt said.
Jackie Snodgrass agrees — she raised three children involved in competitive swimming. Two are still involved in university swimming and one, Brooklynn, is on the path to the 2012 Olympics.
“It was a lot of time and more time, money and family sacrifices. It was a lot of hard work but they loved it and they all did very well at it,” Jackie said.
Brooklynn started when she was only five. Yesterday, she watched as young kids floundered in the pool for their very own tryouts.
“It’s an amazing program, and it teaches them how to swim and be comfortable in the water,” Brooklynn said.