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Hosted by two World Record Holders, Kelly Palace and Maria Parker bring you conversations with champions. They interview the most elite Swimmers and Coaches in the sport on Odd Numbered shows and Even numbered shows they discuss topics around Motivation, Mindset, Health & Wellness.

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Hosted by two World Record Holders, Kelly Palace and Maria Parker bring you conversations with champions. They interview the most elite Swimmers and Coaches in the sport on Odd Numbered shows and Even numbered shows they discuss topics around Motivation, Mindset, Health & Wellness.

    Aaron Peirsol: Mysticism, Mermaids and Memories, Episode #120, 06-15-2021

    Aaron Peirsol: Mysticism, Mermaids and Memories, Episode #120, 06-15-2021

    The pool is just one part of Olympic legend Aaron Peirsol’s lifelong, spiritual connection to the water. He joins the show to talk about his family history of swimming, sailing and connecting to the water around them -- as well as the ways he continues to engage with his sport, and his responsibility to it, more than a decade after officially retiring from it.

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    MORE ABOUT AARON PEIRSOL
    Aaron Peirsol is a three-time Olympian and seven-time Olympic medalist -- and five of those medals are gold. Aaron has been retired from swimming for a decade, but he is still the current world record holder in the long course 200-meter backstroke. He is involved with several great causes, including being an ambassador for the Global Water Foundation and the Surfrider Foundation. He is also a spokesman for Oceana, which is the largest international ocean conservation and advocacy organization in the world. 
    Episode Topics and Mentions
    Backstroke
    Waikiki
    Honolulu
    Pacific Ocean
    Importance of preparation
    Weka Wachee mermaids
    Synchronized swimming
    Surfing
    Michael Andrew
    Warren Kealoha


    Takeaways
    Maria
    Remind yourself that there is a lot you are not in control of -- so do not waste your energy on it. Focus instead on the things you can control, like preparation. 
    Kelly
    When you are in a pressure situation, ask yourself: Why am I here? Your “why” should be something deep and spiritual. 


    Quote of the Week
    “I have always had a very natural connection to the water, and that connection stems from the ocean itself.” -- Aaron Peirsol
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    • 47 min
    Virginia Walden Ford: Amplify Your Voice, Make a Difference, Episode #119, 06-07-21

    Virginia Walden Ford: Amplify Your Voice, Make a Difference, Episode #119, 06-07-21

    Are you living up to your responsibility to make a difference? Once terrified of public speaking, Virginia Walden Ford is now a leading advocate for expanding educational opportunities for American students and the subject of the feature film “Miss Virginia,” available on Netflix. She joins the show to talk about accepting, and eventually embracing, the call on her life to change educational outcomes for her own son -- and for other children.

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    MORE ABOUT VIRGINIA WALDEN FORD
    Virginia Walden Ford is one of America’s leading advocates for parent empowerment. As a student, a mother, an advocate, and a grandmother, Virginia has spent her lifetime fighting to create new educational opportunities for children and families.
    Virginia Walden Ford is best known for the feature film Miss Virginia, of which she is the subject. The starring role was played by Emmy-award winner Uzo Aduba, and other stars include Matthew Modine, Vanessa WIlliams and Amirah Vann. 
    While she was raising her three children in Washington, D.C., Virginia was shocked that so many children were forced to attend failing, crumbling schools simply because they lived in the “wrong” ZIP codes. In fact, she worried that her own son, William, was falling through the cracks of a system that wasn’t focused on the best interests of children.
    In 1998, she took action, forming a grassroots organization, D.C. Parents for School Choice. In 2003, with the support of national education organizations and lawmakers, Virginia and her courageous group of parent advocates succeeded in enacting the nation’s first-ever Opportunity Scholarship Program for low-income children, a program that set into motion a complete overhaul of Washington, D.C.’s education system.
    This program provides scholarships for low-income children to attend private schools. Thousands of students have received Opportunity Scholarships, and the program boasts a 91% high school graduation rate.
    Virginia shared her advice and experiences in her book, Voices, Choices, and Second Chances. Her second book, School Choice: A Legacy to Keep, was published in 2019.
    Episode Topics and Mentions
    Miss Virginia, feature film
    Uzo Aduba
    Matthew Modine
    Fear of public speaking
    Parent empowerment
    School choice
    D.C. Parents for School Choice
    D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program
    Washington, D.C.
    Fairfax County

    Harriet Tubman
    Little Rock 9
    Desegregation
    Little Rock Central High School
    National Museum of African American History and Culture
    The Moving Picture Institute


    Takeaways
    Maria
    Remember that you have a responsibility to make a difference. When you see a need, you need to do something about it.
    Kelly
    Find your voice through your stories -- everyone has stories that matter to others. Find them and share them to make an impact.
    Quote of the Week

    “You have a responsibility to make a difference.” -- Virginia Walden Ford
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    Michael Andrew: Unconventionality and Unshakeable Faith Paying Dividends, Episode #118, 06-01-21

    Michael Andrew: Unconventionality and Unshakeable Faith Paying Dividends, Episode #118, 06-01-21

    Are you living up to your true potential? 2021 Olympic hopeful Michael Andrew returns to the podcast to talk about his recent success and embracing his talent and hard work so he never “wastes grace” in his life. He also talks with Kelly and Maria about his mindset change when it comes to competitively swimming the 200 IM -- and how he remains grounded in his faith and family as his clout in the swimming world continues to grow.

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    MORE ABOUT MICHAEL ANDREW
    Michael Andrew is a professional swimmer and is an owner of the Michael Andrew Swimming Academy and the New York Breakers team, where he also swims (in the International Swimming League). He first gained notoriety for breaking numerous National Age Group Records in his teens, currently holding more than 100 National Age Group records and has since become a multiple time US National Champion and World Champion for team USA. 
    Coached by his father Peter Andrew, Michael credits much of his success to his training style, USRPT, aka Ultra Short Race Pace Training. And his mother Tina, a former professional athlete herself, is the General Manager of the New York Breakers. 
    Episode Topics and Mentions
    Professional swimming
    ISL, International Swimming League
    NY Breakers
    Michael Andrew Swim Academy
    200 IM
    Indianapolis
    Atlanta
    Long course swimming
    San Antonio
    Oahu
    Mission Viejo
    TYR
    Corkcicle
    Surfing
    Caroline Marks 
    WSL, World Surfing League
    USRPT, Ultra Short Race Pace Training
    Lou Sharpe
    David Salo
    Rowdy Gaines
    Listen to Michael’s previous interview on Champion’s Mojo

    Takeaways
    Maria 
    Having a strong faith can keep you centered.
    Kelly
    With the right mindset, you can become good at those tasks you don’t automatically love. 


    Quote of the Week

    “I continue to see everything I have as complete grace, I don’t want to waste that opportunity.” -- Michael Andrew
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    • 42 min
    Brian Bergford: Facing Your Worst Fears, Episode #117, 05-25-2021

    Brian Bergford: Facing Your Worst Fears, Episode #117, 05-25-2021

    How does a person face, and overcome, their worst fears? How can you face your own stories about yourself -- and change them for the better?

    Peak performance coach Brian Bergford faced a lifelong fear of having his head submerged in water at the age of 30, when he decided to confront it. Today he is a record-setting Masters swimmer and he joins the show to share his journey with Kelly and Maria -- along with tips for listeners on confronting fears.
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    MORE ABOUT BRIAN BERGFORD

    Brian Bergford is a peak performance coach and a champion Masters swimmer.  Despite having a debilitating fear of having his face submerged in water since early childhood, Brian eventually tackled his fear head-on by taking up swimming at the age of 30. He took swimming lessons, joined a Masters swimming program. A little less than 5 years later, he had qualified in 4 events and was competing at the US Masters Swimming National Championships. He has since medaled in 13 USMS National Championship races, is a four-time state champion and holds 4 USMS top 10 times.

    Brian is also Certified Dog Trainer (IACP-CDT) and is a dog behavioral specialist. He is a former vice president and member of the board of directors for the International Association of Canine Professionals, and is the owner of Altitude Dog Training and Uptown Dog in Longmont, Colorado. His expertise of the interplay between dog behavior and human psychology gave rise to his first book, Transformational Dog Training: Bring Out the Best in Your Dog by Bringing Out the Best in Yourself.


    Episode Topics and Mentions

    Dogs

    Dog training

    Dog behavior

    International Association of Dog Trainers - look up

    Altitude Dog Training - look up

    Transformational Dog Training - book look up by Brian

    Water phobia

    Masters swimming

    Michael Phelps

    Rock climbing

    Fear versus phobia

    Systematic desensitization

    BergfordPerformance.com


    Takeaways

    Maria

    You will experience the range of “emotional guests” -- but don’t let the negative ones get comfortable. At the same time, welcome the good ones and don’t question them. 

    Kelly

    Don’t tolerate your own B.S. Own your fears and phobias. 
    Quote of the Week

    “Sometimes when we think we’re worn down and we’re really tired and we need a break, what we really need is to be inspired.” -- Brian Bergford

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    • 46 min
    What Kind of Leader Are You? Episode #116, 05-17-21

    What Kind of Leader Are You? Episode #116, 05-17-21

    We are all leaders, whether we know it or not. What kind of leader are you? Are you an eager leader? A target maker? A confidence carrier? Or all of them? In this episode Kelly and Maria explore 10 personas that great leaders emulate.

    This is a deeper dive on this topic from Kelly’s book Take Your Mark, LEAD! 10 Ways to Lead Yourself and Others like a Champion and she and Maria discuss the traits of each one in this episode. Learn ways to be a more effective leader for yourself and others.
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    10 Leader Personas
    Sourced from Kelly Palace’s best-selling book Take Your Mark, LEAD! 10 Ways to Lead Yourself and Others like a Champion
    Eager Leader
    Target Maker
    Vibrant Visionary
    Discipline Developer
    Passionate Persister
    Habit Hacker
    Peak Performer
    Confidence Carrier
    Reflective Thinker
    Success Celebrator


    Episode Topics and Mentions
    Take Your Mark, LEAD! 10 Ways to Lead Yourself and Others like a Champion by Kelly Palace
    Personas 
    Pfizer
    General George S. Patton
    Perfection paralysis
    Vision boards
    Benefits of taking cold showers
    COVID-19 vaccination
    The V Foundation for Cancer
    Jim Valvano
    Dan Plesac
    New York Yankees
    Billie Jean King
    Playboy Magazine
    Lewis Pugh
    Dave Marsh
    Matt Biondi
    Breast cancer survivors


    Takeaways
    Maria
    Reflective thinking is a vital part of effective leadership because it helps you learn from the past, and gain confidence due to what you have already accomplished. 
    Kelly
    Tapping into the persona of a Passionate Persister is important, taking into account what really should be persisted on and what should be released. 
    Quote of the Week

    “How do you go from where you are to where you wanna be? I think you have to have an enthusiasm for life. You have to have a dream, a goal. And you have to be willing to work for it.” -- Jim Valvano
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    • 33 min
    Madeline Banic: Swimming and Mental Health Champion, Episode #115, 05-11-21

    Madeline Banic: Swimming and Mental Health Champion, Episode #115, 05-11-21

    Maddy Banic is not only a swim champion, but a champion of mental health. How does a person come back from the brink of suicide to become a record-setting athlete and Olympic hopeful? Professional swimmer Madeline Banic joins the show to talk with Kelly and Maria about the darkest time of her life -- and the tools she used, and continues to implement, to recover, and how she also shares those tools with others through mental health advocacy.

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    MORE ABOUT MADELINE BANIC
    Madeline “Maddy” Banic is a 9-time SEC conference champion and NCAA champion who graduated from the University of Tennessee. Specializing in sprint fly and free, she swims professionally. Her first year as a professional swimmer with the International Swimming League, Maddy was a member of the L.A. Current and then switched to the Energy Standard Team where she had a breakout 2020 season. 
    Maddy had tough times during her time in college. After years of fighting anxiety and depression, she came to a very low point and contemplated suicide. She left school to receive treatment and came back with a zest for life and swimming. She went on to be voted captain of her team and win the NCAA in the 200 medley relay her senior year. Maddy is now an advocate for mental health awareness, hoping to help others avoid the despair she endured.
    Episode Topics and Mentions
    CG Sports Network
    University of Tennessee
    NCAA
    ISL, International Swimming League
    L.A. Current
    Energy Standard Team Elite
    Anxiety
    Suicide
    Mental health awareness
    Therapy
    Weakness
    Toxic traits
    Cognitive distortions
    Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy, by David D. Burns
    Feeling Great: The Revolutionary New Treatment for Depression and Anxiety, by David D. Burns
    CBT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
    DBT, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
    Knoxville, Tennessee
    5, 4, 3, 2, 1 “in the moment” exercise
    Depression and Anxiety Toolkit
    The Hidden Opponent organization
    Sarah Sordjstrom
    Allan Jones Aquatic Center in Knoxville, TN


    Takeaways
    Maria

    Decide to use life’s challenges as things you can use to grow as a person.
    Kelly

    Use the 5,4,3,2,1 “in the moment” exercise to ground yourself and be really present in the moment to keep anxiety and feelings of being overwhelmed at bay.


    Quote of the Week

    “Put yourself first. Whatever you have to do. Talk to someone, go seek help. It’s okay to put your life on hold to put yourself first. There is only one of you and you only get this one life.”. -- Madeline Banic
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    • 33 min

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