Swimming World Presents “Goldminds: Building Confident Swimmers”

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Goldminds: Building Confident Swimmers

Is confidence important when it comes to realizing your potential and performing at your best? Absolutely! So, how do you develop confidence?

Author Wayne Goldsmith walks the readers through how to build confidence in swimmers from a young age (younger than six years of age) up to high-performing competitive swimmers. Goldsmith emphasizes the importance of confidence beginning with those first experiences in the water, noting that parents, swimming teachers, and coaches alike should provide fun, engaging, and safe learning experiences that build confidence.

Like any swimming skill, confidence builds and grows over the lifetime of the swimmer. Just as swimmers learn to swim longer distances and swim at faster speeds as they become more experienced, confidence can build and grow over the lifetime of a swimmer, and strengthen their potential to achieve remarkable things.

Wayne Goldsmith is one of the world’s leading experts in elite-level swimming and high-performance sport. Be sure to check out Goldsmith’s websites at www.wgaquatics.com and www.wgcoaching.com.

To read more about how to build confident swimmers, check out the December 2017 issue of Swimming World Magazine, available now!

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Author: Taylor Brien

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Taylor Brien is the Circulation and Operations Manager at Swimming World. A native of Bettendorf, IA and a 2015 graduate of Illinois College, she has covered a variety of events since joining the SW team in 2015, including the NCAA Championships, World Championships, Olympic Trials, and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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