Thursday, November 23, 2017
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Today the 2015 photo below from Lake Brantley was circulated on Facebook by Margie Tola Hathaway. When I saw it I was overcome by thoughts of being thankful....maybe it's the season, whatever. None-the-less we all owe Coach Ann Plitnick our gratitude. Hundreds of young children have passed through her South Florida Aquatics Swim program as well as her Dania Beach Hurricane Water Polo Club where she nurtured, taught and treated every one equally.
My initial meeting with Coach Ann was memorable as she put a smile on my son Dominick's face, as a parent could I ask for anything more? Driving home one early evening we passed the South Broward High pool and my son noticed a group of children swimming then blurted out as children do, "Dad, can I join a swim team?" I quickly thought...."Why not? He was 8, had been surfing for roughly 3 years so what the heck". I made a u-turn and introduced the two of us to Coach Ann, who told us to come for a tryout tomorrow at 6:30. The next day we showed up with Dom wearing his knee length surfing jams (we were clueless about speedos at that point). As I sat on the bleachers Coach Ann with stopwatch in hand instructed Dominick to swim up and back (50 yards). At the end of his 1:25.plus 50 free he climbed out of the pool, spoke briefly to Coach Ann, high fived her, then came running over to me. Out of breath he excitedly said, "Dad, Coach Ann said I made the team, I made the Little Dogs." Unknown to us at the time the Little Dogs was the beginner team, everyone made it....but did it matter? My son was happy & pumped!
Dominick went on to become the Broward County Middle School 50 & 100 free gold medalist represending Attuck's Middle carving close to a minute off of his first 50 time; as well as unquestionably the best freshman goalie ever to play in the tri-county representing Hollywood Hills, retiring before his sophomore season. Istvan Csendes was Dom's first water polo coach but the sport itself was introduced via Ann's club.
So even though Coach Ann has me blocked on Facebook for close to a decade :) I'm very thankful to have met her and will always support her clubs.