Kristin Adair is an age group coach for Rio Salado Swim Club in Arizona. She served as a Team Leader for our 2018 Summit and recently answered a few questions about how LEAD relates to her experience as a coach. The 2019 LEAD Summit in Atlanta, Georgia will feature a brand-new coaches track, featuring a full day of keynotes, seminars, collaborative activities, and team building exercises.
Elizabeth Fry, Performance Leadership Intern
I have been swimming for as long as I can remember. I swam on a summer league team early on, participated in stroke clinics, and later transitioned to a club team and am still swimming today. While I have seen many different styles of coaching and have met many different athletes, all with unique strengths of their own, I have always had a difficult time defining myself as a leader. In all my years of swimming, I have never considered myself to be in a position of leadership or even respected as a leader because of my naturally introverted personality.
This year, however, everything changed when my coach approached me with an idea he had regarding leadership on our team. He wanted to create a peer leadership council where other members of the team could approach their teammates if they were dealing with a conflict or if they needed advice. I knew where this conversation was going because soon enough, he asked me the inevitable question I was dreading: “Would you like to be a member of the leadership council?”
LEAD Intern Mary Motch interviews our first LEAD speaker for 2019, McKenzie Coan. McKenzie is a 2-time Paralympian (2012, 2016) and 3-time Olympic gold medalist and is currently training for 2020. She recently broke the World Record in the mile at Nationals.
Atlanta, GA. LEAD Sports Summit is thrilled to launch the inaugural LEAD Coaches Track, which will take place on Sunday, September 1 during the 2019 Summit. Club, high school, and college coaches are all invited to register for a full day of keynotes, seminars, collaborative activities, and team building exercises. These educational and interactive sessions will cover topics that include Confidence, Sports Psychology, Leadership, and Nutrition and will be led by LEAD speakers, expert mentors, and Team Leaders. One of the highlights of the LEAD Coaches Track will be an exclusive networking lunch and panel with special guest speakers on Finding Balance as a Coach.
Atlanta, GA. LEAD Sports Summit is thrilled to open registration for our third annual event. This year’s Summit will take place over Labor Day Weekend (August 30-September 2, 2019) in Atlanta, GA. LEAD attendees will have the opportunity to listen to keynotes from Olympians and expert speakers, participate in new, in-depth breakout sessions alongside their mentors and peers, and engage in leadership exercises and team-building activities that will help shape them as leaders in and out of the pool.
Atlanta, GA. LEAD Sports Summit is excited to announce the first annual LEAD Parent Track, which will take place on Sunday, September 1 during the 2019 Summit. This brand-new program will include a full day of keynotes for parents on Confidence and Nutrition, as well as breakout sessions on College Recruiting, Sports Psychology and more. These sessions will be led by our Olympian speakers and expert mentors with the help of our Team Leaders.
Two weeks ago, I taught a leadership class at Navy Swim Camp. We played a game called Walking Leadership Bingo, which involved answering a series of questions on leadership with fellow campers. I was playing the game too, but as usual, no one was approaching me. I kept seeking out reluctant partner after reluctant partner until finally, one young woman introduced herself and posed a question from the game: “What type of leader are you?” I quickly answered but was shocked by her response to the same question. I asked, “What type of leader are you?”
What is it like to swim in college? College recruiting can be stressful and confusing for high school student-athletes across America. As commitments start to come in earlier and earlier, we asked three current collegiate swimmers about their experiences. These swimmers represent a Power Five D-I school, a Mid-Major D-I school, and a D-III school. We asked them to not only reflect on their experiences, but also to give advice to the next generation of swimmers.
LEAD Intern Mary Motch interviews Christen Shefchunas, Confidence Coach & Author of Naked Confidence.
How and Why You Need to Develop a Sisterhood with your Teammates
By: Toni Armstrong, Leadership Educator with Baltimore Leadership Guides and LEAD Sports Summit
“Did you hear about the new girl who showed up to practice the other day? She just moved to town from out of state and was wearing the goofiest looking shorts! I heard that her best event is the same as yours and that she is really fast. I wonder if she will swim in your lane… I wonder if she will take your spot on the relay… I wonder what the boys will think of her… “
This dialogue was a conversation I overheard about me during my freshman year of high school when I had just moved from Miami, Florida to Louisville, Kentucky. Traversing the rough waters of a new swimmer is not an uncommon experience in this sport. The impact of a new person to a group’s dynamic can be challenging and is always followed by that five-letter word that we love to hate and hate to love: DRAMA.