Courtesy of WOWSA, Rick Walker, Accra, Ghana.

Rick Walker was the head coach and clinician at the recent FINA Open Water Coaches Clinic held in Accra, Ghana.

The Olympic 10K Marathon Swim referee and long-time head USA Swimming national team coach recalled his experience, “I will always admit that I too learn from these experiences. It was a wonderful time with 25-30 beginner level coaches who were passionate about learning and eager to get into coaching. 

Clinics like these always remind me that I am in a profession that does not leave out the one who asks the questions, inquires as to ‘How do you do that?’ 

It also shows me that there are plenty of patriots from around the world who simply are proud of who they are. My hosts were some of the most welcoming, kind and giving individuals that I have ever encountered. At the end of the clinic, the students gave me a gift of a woven pullover from various tribes in Ghana. One coach gave me a hand-stitched backpack and a tribal drum. 

I am proud of the Ghana coaches who shared their lives, their stories, and their passion during my visit. They made me feel like family and that is what I will remember and cherish most. 

Also to President of Ghana Swimming, Theophilus Edzie, who was very gracious in his invitation and has a vision that is full of potential.”

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