Paul Rekoff

Gerry Rodrigues is the first real swim coach I’ve worked with — and all subsequent ones pale by comparison.

More than a decade after first working with him, I can still hear his voice instructing me, guiding me and gently cajoling me into a more elegant, efficient stroke. That voice still coaxes me into mid-workout and mid-race improvements.

Although, I started as the slowest swimmer in the slowest lane, Gerry treated me like an Olympian. He saw more potential in me than I ever thought possible–and drew it out.

Since then, I’ve been able to finish 6-mile open-water races, an Ironman triathlon and swimming races where currents were so bad that 25% of the field had to abandon the effort. This all is a tribute to his teaching and the generosity of his spirit.

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