The Race Club: What did you think of Coach Gary Hall Sr.?
Karim Tahtivuori (Aaro’s dad): Great coach! We truly appreciated Coach Gary for his very professional approach, where he explained his coaching philosophy with respect to preferred swimming and drill techniques in simple and logical scientific terms. The coaching was consistent and logical across the board, which enables the swimmers to apply the same principles in everything they do in the water. Very impressive. Last but not least, he showed great passion when speaking to the swimmers as well as good sense of humor, which lets swimmers relate to him easier.
TRC: What did you think of TRC Coaches and Staff?
KT: Very good coaching and other support. The yoga lessons were great, making swimmers understand that body awareness, balance and flexibility are key to swimming faster. Also the interns did a good job of supporting the swimmers be it then running for a spare snorkel, yoga mats or other equipment.
TRC: Were your expectations of the camp fulfilled? In what ways did TRC fulfill or not fulfill these expectations?
KT: Definitely. We had quite high expectations, so not easy to exceed them, but truth be told, we started talking next year on the way back to cold Finland.
TRC: Was TRC staff helpful in arrangements and providing all necessary information for your swim camp? Going to the camp, did you feel fully prepared? If not, how could we have helped you with your preparation.
KT: Very helpful. When making the arrangements, what impressed us the most was Amy’s unbelievable response times. Whenever we asked for something, she always responded on a same-day basis. Really felt good about the process.
TRC: Did you take advantage of any private sessions or video analysis? If so, do you have any comments?
KT: Yes. Video analysis still pending, but the private lessons were spot on, giving our swimmer just the right amount of things to work on without flooding with too much new things.
TRC: Do you have any additional comments?
KT: Loved it and confident this will prove to be money well spent if ever. Committed to coming back and showing it was all worth it and that the camp helped Aaro reach a new level in his development as a swimmer.
Aaro, age 15 from Helsinki, Finland