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Written by speediadmin on 15 February 2023

Developing Grit: A Guide to Becoming a Better Swimmer


TeamSPEEDI has adopted the value of GRIT for her athletes.

What is Grit?

Grit is a personality trait that is characterized by a combination of passion and perseverance for long-term goals. People with grit have a strong work ethic, determination, and resilience in pursuit of their goals. They demonstrate an ability to bounce back from setbacks, and are able to view challenges as opportunities for growth.

Why is Grit Important?

Do you ever wonder why some people seem to be successful, no matter the odds? Well, this might have something to do with grit. Grit is a combination of passion, perseverance, and resilience that helps somebody reach their goals despite the obstacles in their way.

It's what helps keep a person motivated and sticking to their goals, even when things get tough—it's the force that can help someone reach their potential. Research has found that people with higher levels of grit tend to have better academic performance, higher career success, and even better mental and physical health outcomes. So if you want to reach your goals, it might be worth your while to cultivate grit and resilience in yourself.

How to Develop Grit?

Here are 10 ways:

  1. Embrace challenges
  2. Set long-term goals
  3. Practice self-discipline
  4. Take calculated risks
  5. Persevere even when it's tough
  6. Find inspiration in stories of grit
  7. Celebrate your successes
  8. Seek feedback
  9. Visualize your success
  10. Develop a growth mindset

I shall elaborate on five of them:

Set Goals and Stick to Them: When it comes to developing grit, setting and sticking to challenging goals is key. Swimming requires determination and consistent effort to improve, so setting a goal and working hard to reach it can help build the resilience needed to have grit.

Remain Positive: Swimming can be physically and mentally draining and maintaining a positive attitude is essential in developing grit. Positively reinforcing your achievements, no matter how small, will help you stay motivated and keep you from becoming disheartened when facing obstacles during practice.

Practice Consistently: Developing grit requires consistent practice over an extended period of time. Swimming is no different, so make sure to make practice a priority in order to see improvements in technique and speed.

Listen to Coaches and Mentors: Listening to the advice of experienced coaches and mentors can be beneficial in developing grit. They can provide valuable perspectives and insights that can help you stay focused and motivated on your goals.

Be Patient: Developing grit is not a fast process and requires patience and consistency. There will be setbacks and challenges along the way. It’s important to accept them and learn from them in order to progress.

Grit and Athletic Performance

It's no secret that successful athletes have something special that sets them apart from the rest. What could that something be? It turns out that "grit" is key for athletic performance. Grit, or passion and perseverance, is a trait that helps athletes stay focused on their goals and reach their highest potential.

Research has shown that grit is an important factor in athletic performance, as it can make an athlete more resilient when facing adversity and help regulate their emotions and behavior. Grit is also what allows some athletes to keep striving for excellence, even when they face challenges or roadblocks. This kind of determination gives athletes the drive and motivation to keep on pushing and ultimately reach their goals.

Now more than ever, grit is an important trait that makes some athletes special. So, if you have a passion for sports and the will to persist, you may have what it takes to be a successful athlete thanks to your grit.

How to Develop Grit Through Swimming

Swimming is one of the best sports for developing grit—and in a world where success can often be defined by immediate results, courage, and persistence are important attributes. Swimmers push themselves to their limits, and if they're not successful on their first attempt, they keep going until they do achieve their goals.

Here are a few reasons why:

-You can't just give up—if your arms get tired or your legs feel heavy, you need to push through the fatigue and keep going!

-Swimming takes a lot of practice before you master it; the only way to get better at it is through lots of repetition and hard work (which is exactly what makes it so rewarding).

Our Learn To Swim program will help students develop this essential life skill, one that also happens to be crucial for swimming success. Our approach is fun and engaging, but it’s also effective as it pushes kids past their comfort zone (and into the pool). The learn to swim program is headed by Coach Phone (Lead, Coach Mentor and QLTS)

"Swimming not only builds character ...it tests it"

How Water Polo Develops Grit

Water polo is a sport that requires great discipline and commitment from its participants. Through daily practice, the swimmers learn to develop and strengthen their physical and mental skills which in turn gives them the determination and courage to persevere, even when faced with adversity.

Grit and discipline are essential components of success in water polo. Team members must adhere to a strict code of behavior, including taking part in organized team warm-ups and greetings , learning team plays and listening to coaches. Working together with teammates to reach a common goal instills in the players a sense of responsibility and accountability.

The swimmers also learn to push themselves to their limits, which requires a high degree of self- discipline. The water Polo training program is headed by Arne Tan.

How does artistic swimming develop grit in the swimmer?

Artistic Swimming is a sport that requires a combination of swimming, gymnastics, dance, ballet, acrobatics, and showmanship to reach the highest levels. It involves intense physical and mental training to perfect and execute complex and precise routines.

To build the grit needed to achieve success, swimmers must spend hours in the pool focusing on perfecting their technique and learning the elements of their routines.

Working as a duet or team also requires trust, communication and the ability to work together. In addition, swimmers need to dedicate time to conditioning and strengthening the core and small muscles to develop the strength, stamina and flexibility needed for intricate transitions and unique moves.

As well as physical exertion, swimmers need to have the mental strength to ignore criticism, persevere and keep progressing even in the face of disappointment. Through the rigorous training and practice, artistic swimmers hone their skills and build the grit to reach their goals.

The Artistic Swimming training program is headed by Coach Katsiaryna (aka Katya).


To sum it up, having grit as a swimmer is crucial if you want to reach your highest potential. The commitment and determination it takes to succeed in swimming can be applied to other aspects of their lives, such as in academics and personal pursuits. With this, the swimmers develop a strong sense of grit which will help them to stay determined and focused on achieving their goals.



Article written by speediadmin

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