Submitted by Wendy Anderson
Girl Scout Cadette Devin Johnson has been very busy this year. Not only has she earned her Girl Scout Silver Award, but she also traveled to Ohio in June for the U.S. Synchronized Swimming Junior Olympics.
We all know how important it is to keep children physically active. Like many girls, Devin tried many different sports, dance, ice skating, gymnastics, swim lessons, just to name a few. While she liked each sport well enough, she didn’t become passionate about any sport until she tried Girl Scout Day with Rocky Mountain Splash just a couple years ago. After trying synchronized swimming, she found her real passion! Devin’s Girl Scout troop held swim parties in the past, and they were always a huge hit, but Devin and her friends were ready to take their swimming skills to a new level.
What is synchronized swimming? First, it is synchronized, usually eight girls on a team carefully choreograph and precisely time their movements. And of course, it is swimming! Girls never touch the bottom of the pool during their routines, and they must hold their breath while upside down underwater, requiring expert breath control. It is the grace and beauty–not to mention the leaps and twirls– of dance, ice skating, or gymnastics on the unstable platform of water. It is definitely a great workout!
Devin says she loves the challenge of synchronized swimming. Her parents love to see how Devin is living the Girl Scout Law as part of the team. Many team sports instill values of fair play and helping teammates, and Rocky Mountain Splash is no exception. It certainly takes courage and strength, both physically and mentally, to perform in front of an audience, especially at Junior Olympics. Devin has also become increasing responsible for her own gear and managing her time to juggle synchronized swimming, school, and Girl Scouts. While being a sister to every Girl Scout, or connecting with a members of her synchro team, having a group of girls to depend on is so important to Devin, as it is to all girls.
Do you know someone who is ready to try some synchronized swimming? Rocky Mountain Splash offers a special discount to Girl Scouts who attend their event who want to try synchronized swimming. This year’s synchronized swimming event with Rocky Mountain Splash Event is taking place at Rangeview High School Aurora at 1:15 p.m. on September 8, 2018. Please find more information about the event, including how to register, on the GSCO Events webpage at http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2018/syncronized_swimming.html you can also check out the Rocky Mountain Splash webpage at http://www.rmsplash.org/ or their video at https://vimeo.com/111368763
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