|Club||Adam Epstein||Indian River Aquatics||Fort Pierce||FL|
|High School||Linda Boltersdorf|
|50yd free||50m free||100yd free||100m free||200yd free||200m free||400m free||500yd free||800m free||1000yd free||1500m free||1650yd free|
|50yd back||50m back||100yd back||100m back||200yd back||200m back|
|50yd fly||50m fly||100yd fly||100m fly||200yd fly||200m fly|
|200yd IM||200m IM||400yd IM||400m IM|
After my brother graduated from Lincoln Park Academy last year, I took the responsibility of leading his club Inspire. It is an anti-bullying club at our school. Anyone is allowed to join and it is a place where students go to get away from any sort of bullying that may be occurring in their lives and gives them a chance to vent to older students such as myself. We also reach out to the school and community to help spread the word about anti-bullying and how we can prevent tragic events that happen as a result of that bullying such as self harm or even suicide. This year, as a junior, I was also able to demonstrate leader-like qualities at the pool during high school season. Our captain often relied on me for support with leading the team. I am a very loud and excited person, at our swim meets I am often the one to start our team cheer. I feel that my current role as a junior is to lead by example while encouraging the younger swimmers. This year I will be the captain of my high school swim team and I am ready to demonstrate my leadership capabilities.
One difference between my coach and many other coaches is how he expresses the importance of our education. No athlete can be healthy without a good education and good grades. Usually when we have bad grades we feel very stressed and practice can take a lot of time away from studying or doing homework. That is why, if I have an important test or homework assignment, I get the work done before practice. If I don't get the work done before practice, it is often difficult, being in the rigorous IB program, to hold on to good grades. As far as healthy athletic performance is concerned I go to practice everyday. Of course we all miss a couple of practices, but I try my best to bend my schedule around getting to practice at least once a day. At my practices, usually in the mornings, we lift weights to get a different feel, rather than just swimming at every single practice. I also do physical therapy exercise to prevent injuries to my shoulders. Swimming smart, training hard, and performing well at school and at the pool are how I pursue a healthy athletic performance as a student-athlete.
The most important places, I can say, that I am involved in as far as service is concerned is the pool I currently swim at (Indian River State College) and my school (Lincoln Park Academy). I am always at the pool whether it is for swim practice, meets, or helping volunteer for meets for the younger swimmers. At my school I am involved in various clubs that give back to the community such as National Honors Society and Inspire, The Anti-Bullying Group that was actually created by my brother and his friends. after he graduated I took responsibility for Inspire.
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