It’s been several days since we came back but barely a few hours pass without us talking about The Race Club. It was truly an unparalleled experience for the kids…and parents! We learnt so much. The passion with which the whole Hall family pursues this sport is simply amazing. I do hope the girls imbibe what they learnt and we are most certain to be back there soon.
Thank you so much for making Islamorda so memorable for us!
Hope this note finds you well. All well here. Another busy weekend. had a regional short course swim meet today. i think the effects of The Race Club are becoming quite apparent. Just have to share. Maggie dropped 3 seconds on her 200 free…head down, elbows high…a very different look and boy does it work!
The exciting news is she dropped time on her 100 fly from 105.71 to 104.86. Her head was low and neck in that very different postion. She also found out that the Canadian record for 12 year old girls in the 100 fly is 103.68. She has two more chances to swim it before she turns 13. Who knows what will unfold…but she sure is excited and motivated…and very grateful to Gary Hall and The Race Club!
Dear Dr Hall, Mary, Amy, Bebe and Richard:
Well, we arrived home safely to a foot of snow, but there has now been a melt and we are having unseasonably warm weather. Trying not to feel too confident….January through March in Ontario can be very wintery!
Maggie and Clara have been back to school for a week now and Edward and I back to work, as well as the resumption of swim practices, so we feel life is back to it’s normal routine. We want to take this chance to formally thank you all for a very wonderful and very welcoming week at The Race Club camp over New Years. Words cannot express how much Maggie and Clara enjoyed it, as did we.
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Your package for Stephanie arrived here this afternoon and I took it along to Steph’s high school swim meet so that she could open it immediately afterwards. The smile on her face when she saw the 2 caps and the shirt can only be described with one word: priceless :-) … you have no idea how happy you made her!!! I don’t know how to thank you and your dad enough, that was sooooo very nice of you and very unexpected to see the special extras in the package.
After Steph opened her package from you I called my husband and told him about the special gifts you sent to Steph, he said: “special place, special people” … and I think that is the best way to describe you, your family, and your camp.
Thank you very much for making Steph such a happy girl, she will treasure those gifts always.
Thank you so much for ALL the great information you shared with me. You made me feel like I can accomplish anything I put my mind to!- and work very hard for :)
You know so much about swimming and are very good at explaining every detail. I felt like I was in a slump and maybe had been sort of stuck…but after three days with you I know there is so much more I can accomplish. I will continue to work on my stretching, counting my strokes and kicking. I hope to continue to keep in touch with you as my season goes on… and let you know how my meets go, as well as the college visits.
Again – thank you so VERY much for sharing your passion with me.
Hi Gary it’s Jack Fergus. I just wanted to let you know that I dropped 23 seconds in one week in my 800 free, seeded with a 9:48.63 and finished with a 9:25.83 at the biggest meet in our LSC (missed eastern zones by .5) and am currently ranked 40th in the country for 13 year old boys(I think). I wanted to say thanks for helping me with my hip driven freestyle stroke. It made a huge difference in my race. Thanks and I hope to be back at the Race Club soon!
Gary, Thank you so much for your help! Going to your camp has taught me so much about swimming. It has brought me to a whole different level. It means a lot. I have taken all you’ve given me and have been working on it! Thanks again and hope to see you soon.
Just wanted to drop you guys a short note updating you on my progress since attending camp last year. I couldn’t make camp this year as I decided to go to Fina Worlds in Italy instead. It was a fantastic trip. They had the fin-backed starting blocks which I first encountered with you and it really helped my slingshot start which I now exclusively use. I swam out of my head. I dropped time like I couldn’t believe, some were lifetime PRs. Anyway, I attribute a lot of this success to my time at RC (Race Club). The changes to my freestyle have taken root and I’m excited to see what I can do now that I’ve broken these barriers.
All the best,
Gary and Company,
I just wanted to let you know that I think you are doing a great job with the Analysis of the Underwater Pull Series.
Been a swimmer for 40 years (high school and college and now doing Triathlons) and a coach for 30 plus years and I am still learning good stuff from your videos.
I really like being able to print off the transcripts…..thanks for doing this…
Keep up the good work.
The Race Club’s evaluation video was of incredible help to my daughter when she started the college recruiting process. Several coaches told her that having the video allowed them to see her swim, something that they rarely get to do with a recruited swimmer until she arrives as a member of their team. Gary’s honest and expert commentary on her stroke technique put the video in perspective for the coaches. As one coach said, it made her times come alive.
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