5 years ago today the country was in the middle of London 2012 fever. The Olympics were being held in our very own country and we were loving it. We were no different, even though we were holidaying in France. Things were about to change for us though. We had won 2 tickets to watch the Synchronised Swimming duets at the Olympic pool so me & Millie headed off for a 48 hour trip to watch the games & get caught up in the excitement.
Who would have known then how much things would change during the next 5 years?
This little 11 years had just started synchronised swimming just 5 months earlier. Fair to say, she was enjoying it but who would have known that she would end up so good? (Actually I suspect her coach at the time had an idea – we owe a lot to her and the team from Trafford)
I remember watching duets from all across the world, wondering how their mothers could bare to watch them compete. Who would have known I would be just as terrified watching my daughter at represent Team GB just 5 years later?
Who would have known how much fun we would have because of this sport? Who would have known how many tears we would shed (Yep, mainly mine)?
Who would have known that we too would be travelling around the world with this sport that just caught M’s attention? To date we have followed her to Hungary (twice), Sweden, Croatia & Serbia with hopefully more to come. Not to mention the numerous pools that we have visited up and down England and Scotland.
Who would have known that we would all make friends through this sport. M’s phone is never quiet these days & I class some of the other synchro parents as friends for life. This is definitely one of the best parts of letting a sport into your family!
Who would have known that M would move school? Who would have known that M would swim in that same Olympic pool less than 5 years later? Who would have known how much our house would smell of chlorine?
Who would have known how much it would all cost?
The endless hours of training, the personal trainer, the gym memberships, the hundreds of costumes, goggles & to date, about 500 nose clips. Who would have known what would be involved? The 4am starts, the need to be 20cm over in splits (both left & right) – I could go on … Who would have known that less than 5 months later, M would get her beloved GB kit.
Just 12 months after the Olympics, who would have known that the sport would have its entire funding withdrawn and all the athletes hopes dashed? A centralised training unit for the country’s athletes split up with athletes travelling all over the country to attend training sessions – Hotel rooms, train travel – all paid for by themselves.
Who would have known that just one day at the Olympic park, could lead to all that? A different legacy to the one that Sebastian Coe promised but a legacy all the same.