FORMER international swimmer Marilyn Chua, a member of the Malaysian contingent to the 2000 Olympics, conducted a workshop for parents on what it takes to create a successful swimmer.
The event was held in conjunction with the Selangor Age Group Swimming championships.
Two topics covered by the programme, called the Swim Parents Workshop, were “Long-term athlete development: The process of producing a successful elite swimmer”, and “How to be a successful swim parent”.
About 100 parents attended the event.
Chua, who represented Malaysia in the South-East Asian Games, Asian Games and Sydney Olympics, has also attended the International Coaching Enrichment Certificate programme (ICECP) in the United States.
She was one of the 34 participants, from various parts of the world, selected by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for the programme at the University of Delaware and United States Olympic Training Centre in Colorado Springs.
Her trip was endorsed by the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) and she also took part in a one-week training programme at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club, home to the world’s greatest swimmer, Michael Phelps.
Chua, currently the High Performance coach of the Selangor Elite team, said the US visit was an eye-opener for her.
“Parents play an important role in a young swimmer’s career. The seminar was to enlighten the parents on their support to their children,’’ she said.
She gave a detailed explanation on how long and what it took to create a successful swimmer at the elite level. The parents were also briefed on whether they were doing the correct things to bring out the best in their children.
Chua, a graduate from the University of California, Los Angeles, has a Level 5 coaching certificate from the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA).
Several national swimmers, including Foo Jian Beng, Shaun Yap, Raja Azlina Izzah and Caroline Chan trained under Chua and represented Malaysia in the SEA Games, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and World Championships.
Selangor Swimming Association vice-president Ong Jin Kooi said Chua, being a former swimmer and qualified coach, had all the credentials to share her knowledge with the parents.
“The parents appreciated Chua’s sincere concern. We are convinced the parents will continue to play an important role in encouraging their children to be active in swimming,’’ said Ong.