WHAT SWIMMERS and triathletes ARE SAYING

I hear you’re a water whisperer, but more importantly, a genuinely authentic and empathetic swim coach.  I need both. - Lisa


Thank you so much for your patience coaching me. Your words of wisdom and expertise are priceless.  I am so glad that I found you, as you are the swim coach I have needed and had been looking for the past 4 years.  You are AWESOME at what you do, and I appreciate all of your hard work and sacrifice to help me become a better swimmer.  ~ Shanna


I am thankful for my wonderful coach and unified partner, Anne McLindon, and her dedication to Special Olympics swimmers." 

~SO Athlete to United States Members of Congress


​You're a miracle worker, Anne. Couldn't be happier. My mindset towards swimming has totally changed. It's really remarkable. I had the BEST time at our SwimRun, and looked forward to the swims over the runs. We passed several people in the water, and came in 7th place for women! I haven't stopped talking about it since :). I cannot believe how much that one session with you changed everything. I am so, so grateful. THANK YOU.  - Michaela


Anne - WOW! Thank you for the unbelievable lesson and all of this great information. We are so appreciative and have been signing your praises since. In fact I was with another adult student of yours and we are both in awe. - Ilene


I have been playing sports my whole life, and you are the best coach I have had in any sport. - Alexis


I had the best swim EVER, which is entirely thanks to the magic of Anne. Your time, love, and patience has been unparalleled and it 100% showed for me today. I had an absolute blast in the water, and was thanking you in my head the whole way. I PR'd the swim by at least 23 minutes.  ~ Lisa NC70.3


As a Special Olympics athlete with epilepsy I love doing open water swimming without giving up and not letting anyone tell me I cannot do it!  Anne was my unified partner in the Tiburon race in San Francisco and helped me with the training and the race.  Anne helped me get ready for state games and I was so happy to win two gold medals!  Thank you Anne for everything you do for me!!"~ Rose


Anne, thanks again for getting me to join this amazing group. You are a great coach and I am lucky to have found you. - Mike


Thank you so much for the great inspiration on Tuesday! I knew I was super fortunate when I got out of the water after my first open water swim at National Harbor and there you were encouraging everyone. ~ Kristina​


Anne - you've helped me improve SO MUCH in the water. You are a crucial key to my success in my build to Kona :) -Ellen 


So THANK YOU, just two lessons with you has taught me a lot and really built up my confidence and allowed me to get to this point, which is pretty awesome and speaks volumes for your patience. I also spoke to MH this week and we were talking about your lessons and she was so thankful for the time you spent with her, which got other people asking. She was so funny she was trying to describe how you teach, and she finally said, you think, I think she's really the swim whisperer! - Ron


I’m so grateful to you for all of the encouragement, positive feedback, and great coaching. You’re such a gem!!! Emily


Anne you did it again. You have given us another opportunity to be part of a great event. You have built an amazing platform for our athletes to keep moving into community events. Thank you so much for all you are doing to support our Special Olympics athletes . ~Special Olympics International


For the first time, I will be able to swim freestyle and am confident and excited to do so... You are so wonderful!! What a patient, kind, knowledgeable, generous and caring coach you are.  I am so appreciative for all that you've done!   ~ Gena


Before swimming with you I had no idea of my pace or ever locked at the clock. Thanks for turning me into a swimmer and helping me see progress! - Katy 


I met you last Sunday at the National Harbor Open Water Swim. You were terrific. I'd like to do a lesson to learn how to breathe on both sides and better sighting. - Char 


Thanks for your help. I feel much more efficient in the pool and now know what to focus on. Couldn’t have done it without you. - Evie


Anne, That was a great lesson and amazing how effective the changes were. You're a great teacher!  -Alison


Dear Anne, I am grateful for your patience and encouragement during our sessions. I appreciate the clarity with which you explain things. - Hiram


Hi Anne - I just want to thank you for spending so much time helping me today with the drills and technique. You have such a great eye for picking out exactly what to work on! I am not only learning things as an athlete but also as a coach and what to try to look for when helping athletes myself. The feedback and drills you have given me are so much more helpful than anything I've received in the past with other programs or from other coaches. The way you explain things is exceptional! I appreciate all your help! I'm starting to actually look forward to swimming. :) Courtney 


Dear Anne, Thank you so much for helping me to reach my milestone. Having you as my teacher allowed me to reach the unreachable and the dreams come true. With my thanks, Halina


Coach Anne has been an absolute blessing to our LAAVA Performance family and has made tremendous improvements for athletes who have trained under her leadership.  When I was in search for a swim coach, I was looking for someone who had a passion for swimming, was knowledgeable in the sport and was willing to give back to the endurance community by waking up before the sun and provide guidance, patience, and constructive feedback to those seeking to swim faster & more efficient.  With Coach Anne, I found all of those qualities and so much more!"  Melani, LAAVA Performance Founder


I have loved the swim coaching – it’s been SO helpful and very motivating. Thank you so much for your coaching and encouragement. It's been AMAZING!! - Sarah

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