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19 minutes | Mar 28, 2019
The Butterfly Effect: How Swimming Helped Laura Lawrence and Her Dad
“The reason that I got back into swimming, I didn't even realize what I was needing. I think it was somewhere just buried deep down that swimming would help me through, like it did before.”Laura grew up in the East Bay of San Francisco. She loved summer league swimming and passing out on her towel from the sun and exercise.But there was a sad part of her life as well. Her dad had a habit of disappearing. That was hard on a young girl’s confidence. But swimming changed that. And with the confidence she gained from swimming, she changed her dad’s life too.Listen to this inspiring story of how little ripples turn into big waves.
23 minutes | Aug 20, 2018
Judi Ketteler Found Her Balance and Avoided a Midlife Crisis
Judi Ketteler was in the position of caring for children and aging parents at the same time. Being a freelance writer and the primary breadwinner on top of that added another level of stress.She dealt with that stress through her writing, and by running – until she was injured.Judi was determined not to have a “midlife crisis”. When her doctor told her she couldn’t run for a while. She spontaneously declared, “I’m going to swim.”Learning to swim well enough to serve as a substitute stress release was all part of the journey.
17 minutes | Jul 16, 2018
Swim Across America – Part 2
Swimmers around the country are having a huge impact in the fight against cancer. With funds raised from charity swims, Swim Across America (SAA) funded the clinical trial that led to FDA approval of Keytruda, an immunotherapy used against several types of cancer.In this episode, I talked to the two doctors in the San Francisco Bay Area whose programs benefit from the local Swim Across America event. Dr. Julie Saba leads a research lab looking into the causes of two childhood cancers in hopes of finding new treatments.Dr. Rob Goldsby helps survivors of childhood cancer deal with the late effects of their cancer and its treatment, which even when successful, often results in new risks later in life.Rob Butcher, the CEO of Swim Across America, explained their model, the impact it is having and how they have been so successful.Craig Beardsley, Director of Partnerships for SAA shared the interesting and inspiring history of the organization.
20 minutes | Jul 4, 2018
Swim Across America – Part 1
Instead of the usual stories of people whose lives were changed by swimming, this month I’m sharing the story of swimmers who changing the lives of others. Swim Across America hosts charity open water swims in 20 cities across the US (as well as several pool swims). The money raised by those events goes to support cancer research and clinical trials in those cities.I had the privilege of speaking with a handful of Olympians who donate their time to support the swim in San Francisco Bay. Once you hear their stories, you’ll be ready to dive in.
14 minutes | Jun 9, 2018
Swimming Gave Terrence Keller a Second Chance at Life and Love
In 2013, a single car accident left Terrence Keller with a traumatic brain injury and legally blind. Before that day, he had been a school principal and active as a martial arts instructor.His doctors told him it was unlikely he’d return to school as a principal or a teacher. Three years of physical therapy began with learning to recover his balance just so he could walk without assistance.Although he was never a great swimmer, while doing therapy in the pool, he discovered a feeling of strength that set him on the path to regaining his confidence and his life.
21 minutes | May 8, 2018
Swimming Started Sonia Thompson on a Path of Rediscovery
After the breakup of an eight year relationship, Sonia Thompson began a journey of rediscovery. It started with a desire to learn how to surf. But at the age of 31, she had to overcome one small barrier. She couldn’t swim.At each stage of her journey, she said “yes” to the next challenge and the next adventure. As a result she has a new job, a new home and a new life. Oh yeah, she can swim, too.
21 minutes | Apr 16, 2018
Six Swimmers, Six Reasons to Swim
At the Pacific Masters Short Course Yards Championships on April 6-8 there were swimmers who started when they were young and some experiencing competition for the very first time. All of them were enjoying the camaraderie and having a good time.A handful shared their stories and their reasons for swimming.
22 minutes | Apr 9, 2018
Jud Schneider: Swimming Lessons You Can Apply Out of the Water
That’s one of the lessons that Jud Schneider learned over the course of his swimming career. And it’s not just about swimming. It’s about how you do anything.Jud took the lessons he learned about teamwork (yes, swimming is a team sport), discipline, and goal setting and used them to create success in and out of the pool.He is a 14-time All-American college swimmer, a Ph.D. scientist and an entrepreneur. In this episode, he shares his journey and what he learned along the way from teammates and coaches.
19 minutes | Mar 13, 2018
How Swimming Found Manny Gutierrez
Swimming found me. I’ve got you. You’re not going anywhere, swimming told me.Manny Gutierrez emigrated from Venezuela to give his family a better future. He discovered masters swimming almost by accident. After wandering in to the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex, he quickly made friends and was invited by the coach of Coral Springs Masters to swim with the team.He has moved past the Johnny Weissmuller freestyle drill and is now competing in freestyle and breaststroke. And he continues to meet friends beyond his own team at meets.In this episode, he shares the ups and downs of his journey.A special thanks to Carol Brzozowski, shown below, for connecting me with Manny after I read her article about him in Swimmer magazine.
2 minutes | Mar 1, 2018
Did You Meet Your Spouse or Significant Other Through Swimming? Tell Us How
Not surprisingly, many Masters swimmers end up married to or in a committed relationship with another swimmer. That qualifies as the kind of life changing event we like to share here at Flip Turns. Where I swim, you can’t twirl your goggles without hitting someone who met their spouse while swimming.I’ve heard some fantastic stories of falling in love between the lane lines. I met my wife in Lane 7 (she says it was Lane 8) at Heather Farm Park in 1994.We’ll share the details of our story if you share yours. We may have missed Valentine’s Day, but it’s never too late. How did your relationship get started?You can record a voice message up to 3 minutes in length below. When you click “Start” the recorder may open in a new browser window.Here are a couple ideas:Record your version of the story aloneGrab your swimmin’ sweetie and record it togetherTell your story and surprise your other half by sharing the episode when it goes live.
31 minutes | Feb 2, 2018
How Swimming Helped Mike Ergo Battle PTSD
As a marine, Mike Ergo fought in the 2nd Battle of Fallujah during the war in Iraq. The fighting was so intense, he figured he wouldn’t make it home alive. But he did.When the celebrations ended, the feelings that he kept inside in combat, were now coming out unexpectedly and taking a toll on his life.This is the story of his spiritual journey home. Where an invitation from another veteran to join a group swimming from Alcatraz to San Francisco went from being “the dumbest idea I’ve heard in a while” to a transformative moment.Mike recently earned the title of Ironman at the Triathlon World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. He honors the friends he lost in battle by wearing the names of all 29 on his jersey.
19 minutes | Jan 2, 2018
Patti Zuppan-Hood: 5 Gold Medals at the World Transplant Games
Patti Zuppan-Hood was born with cystic fibrosis when the life expectancy for babies with CF was around ten years. 50 years later with a double lung transplant, she won 5 gold medals and set 2 world records at the World Transplant Games.
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