The NCS Athlete committee has kept busy while out of the water. The committee will be meeting via ZOOM for a conference call during HOD weekend to bring everyone up to date. Matthew Rigsbee, a member of the USA Swimming National Athlete committee, submitted the following post on the USA Swimming Athlete newsletter, highlighting some of the NCS Athlete committee initiatives.
North Carolina Swimming
One of the biggest challenges governance leader’s are facing currently is maintaining athlete engagement while out of the water. But, for North Carolina, this wasn’t just an obstacle – it was a goal.
Last month, NCS was able to gather nearly 20 coach-appointed athletes to call in to their first monthly meeting. On that call, the NCS Athlete Reps challenged their Committee members to reach out to a team that didn’t have a representative yet, and ask them to join. Since then, with very few repeats, NCS is reporting 64 members on their Athletes’ Committee – and almost every team in the LSC is now represented.
Senior Rep Piper Burton was happy to say that their “long term goal, as a committee, is to have three active and responding athletes from every team. So we are already ahead of the game!”
The LSC’s Athlete Reps are currently developing new positions and organizational systems to ensure that every member has opportunities for involvement in hopes to maximize the Committee’s ability to make positive impacts throughout NCS.
Keeping up athlete engagement will be a challenge that every LSC will face in the coming weeks and months, but North Carolina has shown that with drive, initiative, and some creativity, that this time out of the water doesn’t have to be a lull in engagement – instead, it can be an opportunity for incredible success.