Brendan Hansen and I had a blast this past Sunday at our BREAKout! clinic just outside Philadelphia...the City of Brotherly Love!
We were feeling the love from our host family, the swim parents, and the amazing swimmers of the Upper Dublin Aquatic Club in Fort Washinton, PA!
First, our host family for the weekend was awesome because it was Brendan's parents! I got to see where this world-record holder grew up! Now I know how he became the best in the world...he has an amazing family! They are incredible people. His mom is a great cook and hostess, and both his parents are so kind and generous.
One of my messages at the BREAKout! Clinic is that a parent's unconditional love is a important part of succeeding in anything you do. After observing the unconditional love Brendan receives from his parents, I can see why he has so much motivation and love for this demanding sport.
Our host team, Upper Dublin Aquatic Club, was awesome too! "Swim Mom Extraordinaire", Stephanie Smith, did a super job as clinic host...from the advertising and registration to passing out goodie bags and working with local media. It was one of the smoothest and most enjoyable clinics we've ever done...many thanks to Stephanie!
The highlight of the day for the kids was at the end of the clinic when Brendan demonstrated why he's the best breastroker in the UNIVERSE! The kids cheered him on as he attempted to break the pool record of :58 seconds in the 100-yard breaststroke. With the swimmers' support from the deck, Brendan destroyed the record with a :53.9!!!
Brendan was feeling the love from the kids! Brendan is an awesome example of a world-class athlete who is so generous with his time and energy, and the swimmers in Forth Washington, PA will never forget their experience...especially when they watch Brendan dominate in Beijing!
Looking forward to heading back to the east coast this weekend, so stay tuned...the Mutual of Omaha BREAKout! Clinic Tour is just getting started! Thanks for joining me on this amazing ride!