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December Birthdays!

This month's wisdom comes from the Guardian Lifestyle Swimming Blog.

Training and natural physique are not the only factors that determine your speed in the pool. Here, we look at the unfashionable but compelling evidence that your zodiac sign is just as important.

There's one inescapable fact in swimming, above and beyond all the training, the lessons, the hard work, the psychology - your horoscope. This particular branch of science has had a bad rap in recent years, but the evidence is now pretty clear that what star sign you are directly affects your swimming abilities – as some of the stars of the swimming world, including Michael Phelps and Rebecca Adlington, clearly show.

This month's birthdays fall in the following star signs:

Sagittarius: 22 Nov – 21 Dec

Freedom. FREEDOM! That's a key word for Sagittarians. So if there's a nudist swim anywhere, that's where they'll be. Wild swimming is definitely for the sagis. They hate to be tied to social constructs such as lane ropes, or "slow, medium, fast". Likeable, optimistic but not that bright, Sagittarians hate health-and-safety rules. You go, Sagis. Fly free.

Who said astrology was a pile of sh.., this is uncanny as we have the following Sagittarians celebrating birthdays this month: Ken Isbister and Robin on the 6th; Narelle on the 10th; Janet on 17th; and Eileen on the 21st - all who struggle to keep there kit on and never obey any sort of instructions on training nights or Sunday mornings!

Capricorn: 22 Dec – 19 Jan

That person standing at the end of the lane yelling at you to go faster? That's a capricorn. They make excellent coaches. In the water, they are in control, disciplined, self-reliant, will push themselves to be literally their best selves.

Now this is getting spooky! Guess who are Capricorns with birthdays this month? Michelle on the 23rd and none other than Coach Des on the 29th!

I am sold on this! Now I am going to look up my sign Libra - Ah just what I thought - Ian Thorpe is a Libra!

Happy birthday to one and all!!

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