Today we have an amazing interview with a man whose life reads like a best selling novel. Our enchanting guest served as a Judge for over 50 years, the longest running judgeship in Florida history, presiding over mostly criminal cases. He was instrumental in starting US Masters Swimming, and he is credited with overcoming much of the early resistance to Masters swimming within the swimming community. He has a swim meet named after him that has been running for 51 consecutive years, the longest in US Masters history! We are talking about none other than swimmer and internationally loved, 91 years young, Robert (Bob) Beach.
During his high impact leadership career, Bob became an accomplished swimmer having earned multiple US Masters All-American honors, set national and world record holder in Masters swimming. And he’s been selected as a USMS long distance all star over 10 times! In 1974, Bob was the "first judge" to swim from Alcatraz Island across San Francisco Bay, completing the swim in 33 minutes. He also attempted to swim the English Channel on his 50th birthday, but had unfavorable currents causing him to stop. Bob has visited 140 countries, currently drives a red Porsche convertible and has some interesting rules that he lives by. We can’t wait for you to hear this interview!
Key Points From This Episode:
“It has had a great impact on my life. I cannot imagine my life without swimming.” — Bob Beach [0:06:37]
“Once you get into a routine like that you get things done.” — Bob Beach [0:17:38]
“I think you have to tell yourself, ‘This will be over some time and you have to not lose your confidence for the future.” — Bob Beach [0:23:00]
“I don’t believe there is another sport like swimming that gets to be that important in peoples’ lives.” — Bob Beach [0:26:23]
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