If anyone can tell you how important it is to be a well-rounded athlete, it’s Maddy Banic. She has a unique swimming story, and teaches that all aspects of wellness (mental, emotional, and physical) are equally important in swimming.
When you walk into one of Maddy’s clinics you know that your will be greeted with a smile and a laugh. She believes that the fastest swimming happens when swimmers are enjoying themselves while racing and training in a positive environment and that truly shines through in her teaching.
“I know it’s a cliché answer, but it is applicable to some many things in the sport. Having a grueling two-hour practice? Get a little goofy and make it more fun for you and your teammates. Not swimming the times you want in a meet? Stop being so serious before your race and go crack some jokes behind the blocks. Staying relaxed and genuinely enjoying yourself in the sport creates a much more exciting environment for everyone!”
As a firm believer in hands-on coaching, Maddy takes time to interact on a one-on-one level with every participant. She was able to train under different viewpoints, different ways of thinking all the way through college which has given her a huge “toolbox” of drills and technique to share. This helped her create a wide range of ideas and incorporate each piece that worked into her stroke. She loves to leave all her swimming tips in the pool with her swimmers and actively encourages participants to pick her brain and ask questions throughout the learning experience.
Maddy can truly attest to the fact that the journey to success is not a linear path. There are ups and downs in every career that help to shape the athlete. What most people don’t see is the adversity and struggles that elite athletes face to reach the moments in the spotlight. Maddy Banic is the definition of strength when if comes to athletics. Not because of how fast she can swim or how heavy she can lift, but because she was strong enough to leave swimming to take time to heal and come back to become a National Champion and she had enough courage to share her story to help change lives. Maddy is a strong believer in not letting this sport determine who you are as a person:
“At the end of the day, all we are doing is playing a game. This sport does not define us, or our worth. Take care of yourself outside of the pool mentally, and be able to answer, “So who are you?” without the main point being you as a swimmer.”
Do you want to learn how to gain the advantage in your races while deepening your understanding of how mental wellbeing contributes to success in all areas of sport? Sign up for Maddy’s clinic today!