Convention 2019 Blog: Day One

Convention 2019 Blog: Day One

By Convention Education Committee  | Thursday, September 12, 2019

Welcome to the Convention Education Committee's daily blog!  Our committee members will be documenting their journey through the week.

Follow along for a-ha moments, daily humor and quick insight into all that goes on at Convention.

Jamie Bloom

September 11, 2019. I’ll start with a quick moment of remembrance from this day 18 years ago. It’s hard to believe it’s been 18 years.

Today was a fun day at convention! As we settle in to the changes I hope that everyone is finding their way. Speaking of finding their way, we had a blast at the First Timers meeting at 8:00 this morning! For all of you early risers thank you for joining us! Hopefully you learned something but more importantly we hope you had some fun and got your convention off to a great start!

After our 8:00 workshop I spent most of the rest of my day at the Happy to Help desk! If you need help we are your one stop shop. You can get directions, Lingo Bingo cards ($1 donation to the Foundation- remember NO SHOUTING BINGO!!!), your daily list for the amazing race, AND jelly belly flops!

My day at convention ended with Trevor Moawad’s keynote address! Trevor had an amazing message and it’s important to remember that words matter! Fun fact: my best score came when I was being trash talked by my friend Jack!

Kylie Kelly (athlete rep)

We’re here on the first official day of the 2019 USA-S Annual Convention! Lots of exciting things going on in St. Louis today! To start off the morning, the athletes headed to practice bright and early at the Chuck Fruit Aquatic Center in Edwardsville, Illinois and had a blast! Once back to the hotel the meetings of the day finally began.

First things first, “First Timers” was a huge hit filled with games, trivia, and prizes. It seemed like everyone was enjoying their time spent in there. The athletes then went on to attend the first of two athlete meetings where they got to meet their cluster leaders according to LSC and discuss with other LSCs in their zone to share and create positive and innovative ideas that could help them improve their own LSC. The second athlete meeting included a presentation from USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) and a Safe Sport interactive discussion.

To wrap up the meeting, the general chairs of the National Committees came to do a quick “speed dating” round with all the athletes to educate them on all the opportunities available to them within USA swimming.

We also got to attend the Key Note address by Trevor Moawad. Trevor spoke very passionately and inspired the athletes to be successful and challenge themselves. To finish off this evening, the USAS Welcome Reception is encouraging athletes, coaches, officials, etc to converse and then for the athletes to head on over to the athlete lounge for a corn hole tournament! An overall successful day at convention!

Morgan Weinberg (staff leader)
Convention kicked off bright & early this morning with a quick run to the beautiful Arch at sunrise! It was great to get some movement in before a long day of sitting in meetings! From there, we get things set-up and rolling at the Happy 2 Help Desk (come see us!) and I headed off to the AEC Business Meeting. As I start to work with the Athlete Executive Committee more, I am continued to be impressed by their efforts and hard work towards supporting all of our athlete members. I am really looking forward to further collaboration with them as USA Swimming continues to navigate the changing waters.

This year, I've set some new goals, including staying in the loop with all organizational changes so have committed to attending board meetings whenever possible. So, after the AEC meeting, I headed over to the board meeting to stay true to my commitment to myself. This was actually my first full board meeting in six years and I am really glad I was able to go. Lots of discussion items and updates and it was nice to see the business done firsthand.

From there, we headed to the keynote session with Trevor Moawad. As my other bloggers mentioned, he spoke about challenging yourself, getting out of your comfort zone and not being afraid of your fears. I loved his bit about not saying your negative thoughts out loud as it can make them more powerful. Self talk is huge and it's something I am constantly working on. This was a perfect session for me to use professionally and personally as I head into my first 100k running race this weekend in Tahoe! In that moment, while Trevor was talking, I was feeling very grateful to work for an organization that invests in it's members, constituents and staff members like USA Swimming does.

Make sure to join me tomorrow at the LGBTQIA+ breakfast at 7am and at the Athlete Leadership in Your LSC session at 3pm!


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