January 2010 the court date is postponed again. That was a big surprise to our lawyers as it's not practice to be able to postpone twice. Disappointment. We would have prefered to have it over and done with. New court date is set to be in October. So we take a deep breath and try to direct focus on daily life.
I turn 40 – Party time! I haven’t celebrated my birthday with a party since I turned 20. It's amazing to have family and friends gathered arround me. We had a fabulous evening full of music. Thank you to all of you who where there. You made that day into a happy and sparkling memory.
I got elected to be the President of the Swedish Baby Swimming Federation. Thank you for the trust. For me it was an honor to serve and I am amazed by the commitment and hard work you all do to help and support members so that we together work towards giving Swedish families the best possible experience when swimming with their young ones.
After the experience with the raise and fall of the Stockholm project we change our strategy. We will not grow more. We are happy with the two facilities we have. KeepTrack is also growing so I'll focus more on Swimmix and Johan on KeepTrack. We move the Shared Service Center to our swim facility in Limhamn.
I love being arround our swimming families and staff. I also throw myself into leading water aerobic groups again. The week before Valentines day I told them we would have a love theme the up coming week. They all came with red lipstick, something red and a special glow in their eyes (see picture). A very warm thank you to these springy ladies and gentlemen - time with you was special we had great fun together while exercising.
In our Swedish swim school we have stepped up in a speed I didn't expect and the effect is clear. Staff is happier and thrive. Customer satisfaction is higher than ever, more than 90% stay every term and we also get applications from interesting people. That is always a good indication of a healthy culture. I am happy and so very proud of the people forming the Swimmix staff and what they do. Thank you for all the years of hard work and happy times. You all have a special place in my mind and heart.
My health troubles me. I stop driving because I sometimes loose my peripheral vision and sometimes I experience a lightning pain in my head. I still get confused and I still experience not remembering things. It might not be Alzheimers; maybe a brain tumor. Maybe both. I was joking about it even if I knew I shouldn't. I am only 40 years old and eat and drink very healthy. I also often have heartache with a numbing feeling in my left arm. I go to the doctors office and as always I am never as healthy as I am when I am there. They take it seriously, do a brain and heart scan but find nothing. I am very low on B vitamins nothing else. Is it all in my imagination? I feel a little embarrassed and at the same time happy that I am as healthy and strong as a young athlete.
October comes up and so does the trial. This is still painful so I'll make this long story short. We have a strong case and proof of 9 degrees in the showers and temperature under the contracted in the pool among other things (our opponent is by now involved in no less than 12 different lawsuits and most of them are going to court). But we loose! I can't believe it! Our Lawyers can't believe it. An independent judge can't believe it. What happened? No one knows but several legal rules were violated by the retiring judge. We have gone through those days so many times and we still don't understand. One thing is crystal clear, our legal system is not better than the people who works within it. I thought more of them, I had trust and faith in them. I am so astonished and deeply disappointed. I am more cynical today.
Good and bad things often come in threes. So after these shocking news two more arrive: We will appeal but we have to deposit 2,5 millions! Money we do not have at this point after Stockholm and the 1½ years with expensive lawyer bills – Furthermore we are looking at a minimum of an additional 2½ years before the appeal will actually be done. But then the last blow comes: The owner of our Limhamn facility will not extend our lease! We had a 10 year lease and it was time to renegotiate it. But they have other plans for the whole building. All contracts and leases are terminated. We all have a year. But due to the situation we are in we go down. Ship is sinking! The last of November we file for bankruptcy in Sweden. Monday we call in staff and they get the information. Chock and sadness! I write a letter and send it to all our swim families. Television comes. The paper comes. It's a crazy day.
And then all is silent. So silent.
We lost so much. I get letters, mails, pictures, and messages from many of those who have been part of Swimmix Sweden. Thank you for your love and concern. I still miss you and the time we had. I always smile when I think of you all and our time together – many great memories.
The rights for Swimmix and our facility in Denmark is still ours and most importantly, we didn't loose ourselves. Furthermore we are so much on top of the bankruptcy that we manage to limit loss for our swim families to an absolute minimum (about two swim lessons), all the good guys get paid and our opponent in Stockholm gets nothing (actually he gets about 0,05% of his claim just to emphasize that everybody loose in court). Thank you to our lawyers from Vinge in Malmö, Emma Olsson, Lina Bergqvist and Christer Azelius. We know how hard you worked and also that you put your whole heart into our case. We will always feel a deep appreciation for that.