Laurie recounts the first time he ever encountered David Berkoff at the Olympic Games. The closest thing he’s ever seen to a fish, Laurie says. Best known for his powerful underwater start, the eponymous “Berkoff Blastoff”. He completes almost half of the 100m backstroke underwater, taking only a few breaths throughout the race. David is a remarkable man with high aspirations. Olympic champion, and former world record-holder in two events. Berkoff was a backstroke specialist who won a total of four Olympic medals during his career at two different Olympic Games.
Laurie tells the story of the incomparable Dawn Fraser. Dawn helped shape Laurie’s love of swimming and as a starry-eyed kid used to chase her around the Tobruk pool hunting for autographs. Dawn won the most gold medals by any Australian at the Olympics. She was the first woman to break 60 seconds for the 100m freestyle, held the 100m freestyle record for 15 years and held the world record for 8 years after her forced retirement.
Laurie tells the story of Jon Sieben, a young kid who at 17 years of age won the Olympic gold medal in the 200m butterfly, beating not 1 but 2 world record holders.
Of all the young swimmers Laurie has coached over the years, Laurie believes that no one has ever attacked his Olympic dream with more intelligence or purpose than Jon Sieben. In this story, Laurie speaks of 2 different morals that he believes provides the basis for success.
In this episode Laurie Lawrence interviews Steve Holland, the greatest distance swimmer Laurie believes the world has ever seen. With Laurie as his coach, Steve (at only 15 years of age) broke world records on numerous occasions.
Laurie and Steve speak of their journey together from “shy skinny nervous kid” to the youngest ever world record holder.
This episode is brought to you by Swimming Australia.
In this episode, Laurie tells the story of Steve Holland; OAM, Commonwealth Games Champion & Olympic Medalist. With Laurie as his coach, 15-year-old Steve broke the world record for 800m and 1500m freestyle – both in the same race.
From a “shy, skinny, nervous kid” to world record holder and champion, this is Steve’s story as told by Laurie Lawrence.
Book reference: Lawrence of Australia, Chapter 18 “Stanley – Steve Holland”
In this episode, Laurie tells us the story of Duncan Armstrong, Commonwealth Games and Olympic Champion, and Order of Australia Recipient. Duncan, coached by Laurie Lawrence, won Olympic gold at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games.
Laurie takes us back to Duncan’s teens where his swimming career started at A.C.I. Lawrence Swimming Club. He recounts Duncan’s relentless pursuit of Olympic gold.
Book reference: Lawrence of Australia, Chapter 13 “Doing What the Opposition Won’t – Duncan Armstrong”
Debbie Flintoff-King is a Commonwealth Games and Olympic Games athlete, Order of Australia Recipient and Sport Australia Hall of Fame inductee. In her career, Debbie won gold at the 1988 Seoul Olympics plus a total of seven medals over three Commonwealth Games appearances.
In this episode, Laurie takes us back to 1990 when Debbie was preparing for the Auckland Commonwealth Games, striving to realise her dream of winning three consecutive Commonwealth Games gold medals.
Book reference: Lawrence of Australia, Chapter 12 “A True Champion – Debbie Flintoff-King”
Welcome to the Laurie Lawrence podcast stuff, the silver we are going for gold. This podcast came about by me wanting to value add to my online swim teacher and coaching platform worldwideswimschool.com.
It was simply an idea that I’d read and share chapters of the two books that I’d written about my eight Olympic Games adventures, and when I run out of chapters, I’d interview some of the great sportsmen and sportswomen that I’d encountered over the 50 years of my international coaching career.
The podcast is not meant to be a quick fix to get us achieving. It’s simply meant to be a help, a guide, a companion in the tough times. I wanted to share and show that dreams are important and we must hold onto those dreams. However, without hard work, those dreams are only fantasies.
The perfect result is when we dream and then make those dreams come true.
Only an individual with persistence and dedication, can make a dream come true. The choice becomes yours. If you want the edge in life or in sport, there are no shortcuts. You must work hard. Make tough decisions, sacrifice and march daily towards your goal. One step at a time.
If you are serious about winning, you must prepare to win. Enjoy the podcast. Tell your friends if it helps one person expand their lives a little or achieve their dreams, it will have served the purpose. If it doesn’t do this, try at least to remember the harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.
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