Keeping the Paralympic dream alive.
“he got me excited about challenging my goals, focusing on the process rather than the outcome”
Chantal Givens – Paralympic Triathlete
If it were not for Daryl, becoming a Paralympian would have been a dream unfulfilled.
He was there to build confidence when things went well, and he got me excited about challenging my goals, focusing on the process rather than the outcome. He also worked closely with my coach, Gary Pallett, to ensure that my multisport and complicated training program was conductive to performance!
In 2015, as soon as the critical qualification period for the inaugural Paratriathlon event in the Rio 2016 Games had begun, I took a tumble on my bike and broke my shoulder blade. Having one hand (and breaking the one on the side with a hand) left me unable to brush my hair, and this exactly 4 weeks out of the most critical qualification race: world championships. With doctors estimating a 6-8 week recovery, Daryl calmly designed a program for me that maintained my fitness while promoting maximal recovery. In the end, I did miss a qualification race, but I was able to compete in the World Championships and did just well enough to stay in the running! To make up for my missed points race, he and Gary then used science to strategically plan my upcoming race season, which took us to Australia and ultimately got me to Rio, where I placed 8th.
Find Chantal at the links below!