Ballarat Swimming Club TV - The Inspiration Channel
This page is all about fun and inspiration. BSC swimmers love helping each other out as we try hard to achieve our goals - whether they be to win at Nationals or just to improve our butterfly technique and make it to the other end without a DQ!
Sometimes we can find stories or examples that really help us to do this. I'm keen to spend some time looking for short videos that help me - and maybe they'll help you too!
If you know of a Youtube clip that you would like published here just send us the link and I'll look at it and consider giving it some air time. Think of this as BSC TV - the Inspiration Channel!
The initial plan is to leave clips up for a couple of weeks before changing them over. When we do replace one clip with another we will add the old link to the "TV Archive" at the bottom of this page.
Rise and Swim (Welcome to the Grind) by Swim Fan
Inspirational Swimming Video Featuring Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Ian Thorpe, Cesar Cielo, Alain Bernard, James Magnusson, Nathan Adrian.
I hated every minute of training, but I said, "Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion."
"Rise and shine.
6am and your hand can't make it to the alarm clock before the voices in your head start telling you that it's too early, too dark, and too cold to get out of a bed.
Aching muscles lie still in rebellion, pretending not to hear your brain commanding them to move
A legion of voices are shouting their unanimous permission for you to hit the snooze button and go back to dreamland, but you didn't ask their opinion.
The voice you've chosen to listen to is one of defiance.
A voice that's says there was a reason you set that alarm in the first place. So sit up, put your feet on the floor, and don't look back because we've got work to do.
Welcome to The Grind!
For what is each day but a series of conflicts between the right way and the easy way, 10,000 streams fan out like a river delta before you, Each one promising the path of least resistance.
Thing is, you're headed upstream. And when you make that choice, when you decide to turn your back on what's comfortable and what's safe and what some would call "common sense", well that's day 1. From there it only gets tougher.
So just make sure this is something you want. Because the easy way out will always be there, ready to wash you away, all you have to do is pick up your feet.
But you aren't going to are you?
With each step comes the decision to take another
You're on your way now
But this is no time to dwell on how far you've come. You're in a fight against an opponent you can't see
Oh but you can feel him on your heels can't you?
Feel him breathing down your neck
You know what that is? That's you... Your fears, your doubts and insecurities all lined up like a firing squad ready to shoot you out of the sky
But don't lose heart
While they aren't easily defeated, they are far from invincible
Remember this is The Grind
The Battle Royale between you and your mind, your body and the devil on your shoulder who's telling you that this is just a game, this is just a waste of time, your opponents are stronger than you.
Drown out the voice of uncertainty with the sound of your own heartbeat
Burn away your self doubt with the fire that's beneath you
Remember what you're fighting for
And never forget that momentum is a cruel mistress, She can turn on a dime with the smallest mistake.
She is ever searching for that weak place in your armor
That one tiny thing you forgot to prepare for
So as long as the devil is hiding the details, the question remains,"is that all you got?", "are you sure?"
And when the answer is "yes". That you've done all you can to prepare yourself for battle THEN it's time to go forth and boldly face your enemy, the enemy within
Only now you must take that fight into the open, into hostile territory
You're a lion in a field of lions
All hunting the same elusive prey with a desperate starvation that says VICTORY is the only thing that can keep you alive
So believe that voice that says " you CAN run a little faster " and that " you CAN throw a little harder " and that " you CAN dive a little deeper" and that, for you, the laws of physics are merely a suggestion.
Luck is the last dying wish of those who wanna believe that winning can happen by accident, sweat on the other hand is for those who know it's a choice, so decide now because destiny waits for no man. And when your time comes and a thousand different voices are trying to tell you you're not ready for it, listen instead for that lone voice in decent the one that says you are ready, you are prepared, it's all up to you now.
So rise and shine.
This is a "Pep Talk" from a 9yo American kid. Maybe you already know him as Kid President. His real name is Robby Novak. Did you know that he and his sister suffer from a medical condition called brittle bone disease, or Lobstein syndrome? It means his bones can break easily – he’s broken more than 70 bones in his young lifetime, but has never let that stop him from singing and dancing.
At the time of posting this clip has 24,886,888 views. Wow!
It aims to inspire you to be awesome.