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Swimmer Tells The Importance of Health In Sports

Sophomore athlete shares how physical activity has helped his mental, physical, emotional health

Brianna DeAtley, Photojournalist

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Just along North Colony Boulevard, in the nice, family friendly neighborhood of Stewart Peninsula, you can find different types of life. The old couple settling down for retirement, the young couple starting a family, or teens getting out and playing volleyball down by the lake.

Except for one.

Caleb Corley, a sixteen year old sophomore swimmer, can be found right at the neighborhood pool, practicing his favorite stroke, the butterfly.

Born and raised just west of The Colony in the city of Lewisville, Corley grew up with his grandmother, his mother and step father, and three siblings. His mother, Tara, runs a home daycare and lives the stay-at-home mother lifestyle. His stepfather, John works at the JC Penny headquarters. His three younger siblings, all under ten, are “very annoying” according to Corley, but he states that he still “loves them all.”

“I would like to go to Texas Tech,” Corley says and tells us that his mother has her high school degree and his stepfather has his bachelors degree. “I plan to keep swimming up into college as well so I can stay in my best shape and just have fun.”

With his favorite school activity being swimming, Corley has been doing it for almost two years now. “I think it was my mom who first approached me and asked if I wanted to take up swimming in high school,” Corley says, “she really started to motivate me so of course I said yes and here I am now,” he starts to laugh

Mental, physical, and emotional health is very important to athletes, especially their physical health. “I have definitely become more fit and strong, and I’ve definitely become more happier and energetic since I’ve started swimming so it’s fun,” Corley says, “I feel better in general actually, I have made more friends and have opened up more which I’m very thankful for.”

“Have a few hobbies outside of swimming too,” Corley expresses and puts on a bright face, “I read a lot, I love it, reading has helped me become more literate, and I like to play video games. The video games have helped me become more social because I can play with my friends or different people internationally.” Corley and his parents explain that all of his hobbies have made him healthier physically, mentally, and emotionally.

“I think swimming has helped Caleb be more emotionally connected to his team,” his mother, Tara, says, “he has learned to cheer them on and be there for him. Mentally, I think, has taught him to be more focused on something he really enjoys doing.” His mother is proud of what he does and continues to help and cheer him on from the side line, to their home.

“I think sports have positively benefited Caleb,” his stepfather, John, jumps in, “he has swimming practice everyday after school, and he works out five days out of the week, because of this, he now has a very high endurance and is physically fit. He also has created an emotional connection with his team. They all share a bond through similar experiences and through competition with rival schools,” his stepfather says carefully but proudly, “the daily routine of practicing and training has helped Caleb mentally as well, he’s striving to achieve a goal or is pushing himself to be stronger and faster and that has honed his ability to focus.”

“I don’t plan to take swimming as a career, I’ll definitely continue it in college, but I’d rather take up a career in a major company like Apple or Samsung,” Corley says when asked how far he’ll take swimming into his future.

“I kinda look up to Michael Phelps,” Corley laughs, “even if I don’t want to be like him, I still look up to him and if I knew him, that would be awesome.”

A positive force and guided motivation seem to be very important to most athletes. Corley says his positive force is just his motivation to get up in the morning and decide whether or not he still wants to continue swimming. The same with his motivation. “I just try some days and other days I don’t, it depends.”

“If you like sports, than yes, sports can help athletes physically, mentally, and emotionally, but you need to know where your limit is so you don’t hurt yourself,” Corley explains how sports effect other athletes like him, “if you don’t like sports then you definitely take the risk of hurting yourself by not knowing your limits and damaging yourself cause you can’t do it.”

“Sports have helped me in many ways, I am much stronger than I used to be, I am a lot more calm and centered, and I am a lot happier and I am in a better state of mind than where I used to be two years ago. I just feel better in general so I can definitely say that yes, swimming, sports, and working out have helped me a lot in these two years,” Corley says with a bright smile.

 

 

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