Growing Bolder Founder and CEO Marc Middleton has been named one of the top swimmers in the world in his age group. Find out how your stories inspired him to return to the pool after a 35-year absence and get inspired to find a new or rediscover an old passion in your life.
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A viral video may have focused on a relay team at a swimming meet, but it wasn’t really about swimming. In fact, it wasn’t really about sports. It was about five qualities necessary to enjoy a high quality of life into our 80s, 90s, and beyond.
While Graham Johnston might be known as “the old fossil,” he is anything but petrified or prehistoric. This 85-year-old might be called one of the world’s foremost “aqua-tourists.” We catch him action at a swim meet, where he not only sets even more world records, he shares tales from the road and his fascinating life.
With her rainbow swim cap and megawatt smile, swimmer Charlotte Sanddal is hard to miss in the pool. Then when you discover she’s not only a national champion, she’s also 94 years old, you realize you’re never going to forget her.
In his seven years at the helm of U.S. Masters Swimming, outgoing executive director Rob Butcher has helped create a robust organization to support thousands of masters swimmers. His reason for leaving an organization and mission he loves is deeply personal. And it’s why he’s been awarded the 2015 Growing Bolder Inspiration Award.
Are you one of the nearly 40 percent of adults who can’t swim the length a pool? U.S. Masters Swimming wants to help you learn to swim at any age. Not only could it lead to your new favorite way to get and stay fit, it just might save your life.
Successful aging is all about quality of life. A group of four friends from Jacksonville, Florida show how it’s done. In their 90s, they’re still working, traveling, laughing, loving life and setting world records.
Jeff Farrell is the fastest 75+ swimmer who has ever lived but it’s what he did at the 1960 Olympics that is still making waves. He shares the inside story of one of the most amazing stories in Olympic history.
Just six days before the 1960 U.S. swimming Olympic trials, one of the favorites to win gold in Rome underwent an emergency appendectomy. Doctors said his Olympic dreams were over. They didn’t know Jeff Farrell.
Diann Uustal survived two horrendous accidents and both times, doctors said she most likely would never walk again. But her recovery has been nothing short of amazing. We talk to the world-record holding swimmer about the art of the comeback.
Every time Diann Uustal gets into the pool, she’s proving her doctors wrong. Two devastating accidents several years apart left her with crippling injuries. Today, the 67-year-old is smashing world records and spreading a message of hope.
Meet Goby, who puts the can in canine. In a pool filled with highly trained athletes, Goby might be the best trained of all. See how Goby is ready to detect danger, dial an IPhone and jump into the pool to save the life of his master. Seriously.