Justin Wong is a senior at Dunbar High School and on the North Lexington YMCA Tiger Shark swim team. A swimmer for nine years, he's learned quite a few lessons from the pool that translate to real-life as well. "I've learned a lot from my swim team, whether it's in the importance of hard work and consistency, or just how to be a better person. The impacts this team have had on me are great and I will never forget the many lessons I've learned from it and all the incredible people I've met."
Though his personal favorite swim events are the 50 free and 100 breast, his advice for younger swimmers can be applied to all situations: "Always do your warm-up and cool-down. It may seem useless right now, but it is so incredibly useful for helping your body after a hard practice or race." This sort of wisdom seems appropriate coming from someone who thinks his friends would describe him as disciplined and thoughtful.
Other than using the indoor pool, Justin also stays swim team-ready at the Y's gym. He explains, "Having the chance to be able to workout before swim practice has always been nice. The environment is very friendly as well so I always know I can workout safely and on my own pace."
Outside of swimming, Justin likes to play violin and piano, and in his free time enjoys playing games and hanging out with friends. After graduation in the spring, he hopes to attend a good college and plans to pursue at least a Master's degree, and possibly a PhD. Until then, he's going to continue working hard in school the pool, hoping to finish swim team with at least a zone cut in one event.
We're proud of you, Justin! Your discipline and dedication to your sport is laying a good foundation for all areas of your life. Good luck with the rest of your senior year in and out of the pool. Thanks for sharing some of your experience with us!