Last weekend I watched a session of the Fred Lamback Disability Swim Meet held at the Aquatic Center here in Augusta.
The participants were incredible and inspiring.
Ernest Hemingway defined courage as grace under pressure. These athletes exhibited incredible courage.
In a world with so much negativity, it was joyful to watch athletes not only overcome the challenges of competitive swimming — some of the athletes posted times comparable to competitive swimmers without physical challenges — but also overcoming their physical problems.
It is inspiring to watch people deal with the issues life has given them. No excuses, just the desire to move ahead and be the best and do the best they can where they have found themselves in life.
I was deeply moved and blessed to have witnessed this competition. Watching athletes as they dig deep into their hearts to overcome so much is a truly a humbling experience. The world would truly be a much better place if we each work to develop our potential despite our circumstances as these athletes have done.
Augusta is blessed to have so many people and organizations who support such an event. It goes without saying that the loving parents who nurture and help motivate these incredible athletes deserve much praise. There are corporations and businesses that donate money and resources, coaches such as Fred Lamback that dedicate tremendous hours to these athletes, and volunteers that support these efforts.
Facilities such as the aquatic center and its staff, as well as swimming teams and clubs that are willing to open their arms such as the Augusta Swim League, deserve a tremendous round of applause also.
David G. Brown