Collin isn't a very good athlete, but he keeps trying. I'm proud of him for not giving up. He isn't competitive, so he just does it for fun, and has a good attitude even though he doesn't expect to win. He is on the swim team right now. Last year was his first time ever, and he was probably the worst one on the team.
I'm so pleased with the progress he has made though. This year he did well enough to make the relay team for freestyle. Unfortunately, since he had never participated in a relay before, he didn't quite understand how it works.
He was the 2nd swimmer, so he was up on the block ready to go. When he heard the starting signal for the first swimmer, he thought that was for him, and off he went. He didn't realize what was going on until he was half-way across the pool and almost ran into the first swimmer. So, he had to swim back and get out.
By this time, the first swimmer was completing his lap, and it was Collin's turn. He is used to swimming just one lap in a race. But at this point he had already completed a full lap.... in 2 halves. So, he was obviously a little tired at this point, but he completed his lap.... behind all the other teams. The last 2 swimmers did their best, but they weren't able to make up for the lost time.
Oh well, it was a good experience for Collin, and now he understands how it works.
The amazing this is, that in the end, because of disqualifications, his team took 2nd place. Not bad.