Mel Shapiro

Gerry taught me to swim. I was 64 years old, recently recovering from a heart attack and quintuple by-pass. I had a fear of water, an element I had avoided all my life.  Gerry said if I was committed, he would teach me. I joined the Bruin Masters swim club, he helped teach me and eventually I joined the swimmers in lane 8. I am still in lane 8, holding my own. If it were not for Gerry I would never have learned; I would never have pushed myself, never have achieved any of the skills I have now, rather I would have given up, grown old, fat and unhealthy, like I was. I can truly say, Gerry is a great coach, a born coach, and I was very lucky to meet and work with him. He changed my life.

Distinguished professor, UCLA

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