Saturday, August 16, 2008

Diver Forever!!

When I was 11 years old I started my diving career. I took lessons from the city, then moved onto the club team, then went to dive four years for my high school which I made the state team three of the four years. After high school I went to UNLV and dove on the college team for 3 years which is when I had an accident and tore my shoulder so bad on a dive that I had to have major shoulder surgery and end my diving careeer. It was the hardest time in my life because diving pretty much was my life and I didn't know how I was going to live without it. The first two pictures are of me at a meet in California and the picure is of my first dive since I had had my shoulder surgery.

So diving is still my life and I love to coach and watch anything to do with diving. I coach a club diving team that we take to meets and different events and it is really fun. Most of the divers on the team dive for high school and they are very good. We have been trying to do fundraisers with them to earn some money that we could use to buy new suits, warm-ups, bags and shirts. Today we held a divathon at UNLV for the kids.

The kids had to ask for donation or have someone set a amount they would pay for each dive. Example is 25 cents per dive and if the did 200 dives in the one hour they would earn 50 dollars. Anyway, we did this last year also and we raised a lot of money which was awesome for the kids. This year went pretty well also. The kids were wore out after 10 minutes of diving which was funny for Julie and I to watch. Julie is the other coach for the team. She is the one that started this club and she works really hard to keep it going.

So the divathon went really well and I thought I would post a picture of the team that we coach. This is only about half of our divers. We have about 15 total. I enjoy coaching this team so much. They are good kids and I want them to have a good experience like I had when I was their age.

These next pictures are of Blake and Karson. Karson is Julies little baby that is almost exactly one month younger than Blake. Even with the age difference they are the same size. They are really cute together.

If anyone's kids want to get into diving let me know. It is so much fun to coach these kids and see what they do in the future.

Oh!! the last thing that I wanted to say totally off the subject of diving is that I didn't think it was possible for a baby to have bedhead but Blake proves me wrong every morning. For your viewing pleasure, this is Blake this morning with bedhead. The picture doesn't do his hair justice though. If you click on the picture you can see it much better.