Author - Shawn Slevin

COVID-19 Create A Daily Structure

Changes in our life are normal & we adjust. COVID-19 was not expected & crash tackled us! Daily life & our routines were changed with most areas affected, but the majority have been stopped or altered in some fashion. Humanity is in lockdown, the new normal is completely foreign & many are struggling to cope with the pressure, stress & unknowns. The major culprit are impositions around what we cannot do. Any action from your previous daily life will [...]

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Coach Shares Research on Corona Virus History

Our thanks to Coach Paul for his research into the coronavirus world. You may be surprised how long this family of viruses has actually been around. The History Of Coronavirus The starting point from a historical perspective is understanding that Coronavirus is not new. Scientists have been aware of it for nearly 60 years, but it is in the last 50 years that it has accumulated wider recognition. Most people became aware of Coronavirus in 2003. That outbreak of Severe Acute [...]

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Coach David Marsh’s Words of Encouragement

We recently received the following words of encouragement from an icon in the international world of elite and Olympic swimming, Coach David Marsh.  Dave is a 3x Olympic Coach; 9x NCAA National Coach of the Year; 13xSEC Coach of the Year. As a college athlete he was a 5x All American Back stroker at Auburn University. He has coached age group teams to Elite and 40 Olympic Swimmers from 19 countries.     Dear Shawn, I’d like to thank you and the Swim Strong Foundation [...]

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Dr. Bruce Shares Information on Performance Psychology

Dr. Bruce Lawrie, PhD, is an internationally renowned psychologist who for 32 years has been specializing in using Applied Performance Psychology techniques to enhance overall psychological and physical well-being to help individuals and teams reach their full life and competitive potential.  As an elite Masters Swimmer himself with 50 plus years of coaching of international medal winners at Paralympics, Olympic and Commonwealth Games, Dr.Lawrie ‘s observations and advice are timely and much welcomed within our swimming community.   He is located [...]

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Getting Comfortable With The Uncomfortable by Guest Blogger Coach Paul Barry

Getting Comfortable With The Uncomfortable There are numerous challenges that humanity has had to face as a result of events caused by the COVID19 Virus Pandemic. The speed of transmission has provided a short period to process what has happened. To varying degrees this is always the case when major incidents take place with little or no warning. Initial plans are made as key information & data become available. As more understanding & clarity is formed priorities can be formulated [...]

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Molly Shares Her Quarantine Stretch Routine

Come and join Swim Strong’s Social Media Ambassador, Molly Smith. Molly is on a swim team in Kansas City, MO.  She shares a number of exercises she does with her swim team, virtually, so she can stay limber and strong until they can get back to practice. These stretches work for ALL of us….swimmers, non swimmers, youth, adults. Flexibility is so important. Remember…..we are ALL in this, together! https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/swimstrongfoundation/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/29211730/Part-1-stretches-.mp4

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Joel’s Journey

Photo by Maël BALLAND from Pexels Hello, my name is Joel Zombre and I am originally from Burkina Faso, West Africa.  I moved to the Unites States in 2010 to further my education. 5 years later in 2015 after graduating from college I decided to join the US NAVY.   Little did I know that there is a swim qualification that I had to pass in order to graduate from Bootcamp. I remember the first day I walked into the recruiting [...]

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Coach Kailah

Strengthening Our Swimmers: Insight of a Black Female Swimmer. By: Coach Kailah

Photo of Coach Kailah I have been a participant of the Swim Strong Foundation since I was still perfecting my own swimming techniques. However, through my training and dedication, I was able to become a swimming coach and gain experience in teaching various ages of students at various swimming levels. While I was younger and training under the head instructor, Shawn Slevin, I never fully understood the opportunity in which the foundation gave historically disparaged groups of people until I [...]

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Swim Strong

While we are forced to be out of the water in the time of the Covid-19 Pandemic, it gives us time to reflect on the many blessings we share as an organization.   Key among them is are the wonderful volunteers who support our swimming programs by teaching learn to swim lessons to ages 3 through adults as well as coach our competitive swimmers to sharpen their stroke techniques so they improve their speed and stamina.

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Breathing Meditation That Aids Greatly In Your Life Journey

Thanks to Coach Paul Barry for these breathing tips to help us manage our stress in these most challenging of times.   Many attempt to distance themselves or show no interest in an aspect often referred to as “new age.” Minimal research will confirm meditation practice dates back as far as 5000 BCE. Essentially, it’s more a lack of knowledge around meditation, its many beneficial properties & the qualities it can have on your life. In current times it’s more widely [...]

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