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Paulsen meets with Starks to discuss the fight, and Sam Starks refuses to kick Bassam off the team without getting all the facts, Paulsen fires her due to his dislike of her constantly challenging him. During a meeting of the athletics board, Paulsen reveals he fired Starks, angering the rest of the members. InAmerican Simone Manuel became the first black female swimmer to win an Olympic gold medal in Rio.
Starks asks to be the team's coach and Paulsen agrees. The team play their first tournament and it is disastrous, and they come in dead last. When the rival golfer is putting, Edward distracts him using a technique he learned from Cameron, and he misses the shot. The BBC sent a Freedom of Information request to Swim England asking how many competitive swimmers who are registered with them identify as black or mixed race.
Starks invites the team to her house for dinner, where she reveals she has lost her job, but promises to help them win the championship. Listen to Newsbeat live at and weekdays - or listen back here. The team begins training and things are immediately difficult.
As a result, the Tennessee State University men's golf team comes in first place, impressing Paulsen enough that he agrees to let Starks keep her job and remain the coach. Hair is extremely important to young black girls. She's English and Ghanaian and seeing wqnts like her in the sport at this standard is rare. Starks makes the four remaining team members how important it is for them to prove to the other schools that they have what it takes.
That night, Edward confronts Starks about Stacey and wpman she has no meaning in her life, causing her to break down in tears as she realizes just how much the team means to her.
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She meets her new boss, Kendrick Paulsen, who reveals the school is creating a men's golf team. The team supports Craig, and his confidence is boosted enough that he soon gets into the lead.
Diversity in swimming has always been limited not just in the UK but on a global scale. However, Starks is angry when she learns Paulsen is giving the golf team very little funding, and even has to fight him just to get enough money to offer scholarships to players. Alice placed in the top 20 in the women's open birracial 10k race.
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While speaking to Edward, she reveals that she once had a boyfriend who proposed to her just before he left to compete in a professional golf tournament, but Starks turned him down when he wanted her to choose between him or her own education and career. Bassam gets into a fight with two fraternity members, and as the men are leaving Cameron becomes furious that his actions could get them kicked off the team and shoves Bassam to the ground, reminding the group that golf is all they have.
Edward develops a crush on Stacey, a medical womaan who is a former member of Starks's swim team. The team attends a party at a fraternity, where Stacey breaks up with Edward, who is upset to learn that Starks told her to do so. Stacey goes to Starks to ask for advice on her relationship with Edward, but Starks warns Stacey not to get involved with Edward.
Edward and Ji-Kyung act disrespectfully to Starks, especially after learning she has never coached a golf team before, Bassam is temperamental and has a constant bad attitude, and Craig's lack of confidence causes his game to suffer when playing in front of his teammates or a crowd. Starks speaks to each team member individually and connects with them. Starks attempts to recruit African-American golf players for the team, but is only able to get Craig, a talented former caddy, for the team.
She's also currently the only black swimmer on Team GB and is only the second to represent them in the water. But it's even harder for girls with thicker hair, which the majority of black girls have.
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qants Now that I am older I can fully understand why someone would quit over their hair. It's an expensive sport that has historically meant racial segregation and discrimination in countries like South Africa and the United States. At dinner, Cameron accidentally eats shellfish and suffers a severe allergic reaction, meaning he cannot compete in the rest of the championship. At the Minority Championships, Craig competes in the bircial round and chokes after he is bullied by a member of a prestigious golf team.
Swimming can actually be more damaging to afro hair than non-afro hair, because of a substance used in swimming pools called sodium hypochlorite, more commonly known as bleach. Even though there are only a small of black and mixed race swimmers competing in the sport in the UK, Alice hopes she can make a difference. It's the only historically black university in America that has a men and women's swim team.
Starks confronts the team about their poor teamwork and encourages them to give the game their all so they can win the upcoming Minority Championships, and begins helping Craig overcome his confidence issues. Hair isn't the only factor in this.