I was attracted to the power and grace of Synchro. It is a nice combination of ballet and gymnastics with swim. It’s cool to dance in the water! People don’t realize how hard it is; how much pain you need to push through to be competitive. It is a year round sport with lots of practice hours each week. No matter what level you are in, you should be trying to work harder than everyone around you. Pay attention and give 100%. Success will not be achieved with talent alone. Parents need to trust the coach’s and their process. Let us do our job. Parents have their own job: to give positive feedback, encourage motivation and build character strength. Kids need intrinsic motivation, love for the sport and to be humble. These attributes will help them push through when things get tough or they get tired/hurt.