What a difference proper training makes! We always knew Dallin was fast but to become a state champion it takes more than talent. Through his involvement with Gold Medal Athletics and Sean, Dallin learned about proper nutrition for his body type and training practices such as the proper way to warm up his muscles to prevent injury. Dallin was nervous at first attending practices but he quickly found the team to be supportive and positive. Only the kids that really want to improve come, so practices are very productive. He quickly found that consistently running against good competition improved his own skills. To run fast you have to…. run fast. When you run with Sean, you are surrounded by such good competition that you have to run fast at practice. Sean can help a young athlete move to the next level by watching a race and giving immediate feedback on how to improve. He can also guide your track season by recommending the races and practices that will help an athlete peak at the right time. Because of the training Sean offered, Dallin was able to accomplish more than he ever imagined, but Sean was able to see his potential from the start.
Though Sean is very talented at training his athletes physically, one of his greatest talents is preparing his athletes mentally. His rapport with his athletes is remarkable. He has a way of helping them feel accomplished but always encouraging them to achieve. Dallin walked away from every practice excited. Sean inspires his athletes and then proceeds to build their strength through deliberate and intentional practice. Sean was always so positive with Dallin. You're going to have “bad” days or races. Sean can give the right motivation and recommendations to overcome plateaus and rough times.
During his time with Sean, Dallin’s times steadily decreased. His freshman year he took 4th at state running an 11.47; his senior year he took first and ran 10.53. He finished his high school career running 10.49 at the USATF Junior Olympic Championships. His 200 times show similar improvements. He ran a 23.79 his freshman year and by the time he was a senior, he was running 20.96. He has taken state championships in the 100m, 200m and the 400m (47.04) as well as been involved in key meets such as Simplot, Arcadia, New Balance Indoor Nationals, and other USATF meets that have allowed him to run against the very best. All of these opportunities have come because of Dallin’s training with Sean. Our son's experience with Sean and Gold Medal Athletics will impact him for a lifetime, and we feel extremely blessed to have been led to such an amazing coach.
Our daughter Brinn started training with Sean and Gold Medal athletics in 2015 right after her sophomore year in high school. Brinn had goals to continue to improve, and to be able to get a scholarship to continue her running in college. Sean exceeded all of our expectations in helping her accomplish these goals. Brinn has always worked hard, but Sean was able to focus that hard work and effort to help her accomplish her goals.
Brinn was nervous at first, but the team really helped her feel welcome, and Sean immediately started challenging her and helping her improve. She went from running 12.63 in the 100M, 26.20 in the 200M and 1:00.23 in 400M to 12.25 in 100M, 24.64 in 200M, and 55.55 in 400M. On top of that as a senior, she was the state champion in the 100M, 200M, and 400M.
Along with speed, Sean helped Brinn develop mentally. Sean does an amazing job of working with runners and instilling in them the confidence they need to be successful. One specific example of this was as Brinn prepared for the state championship in the 100M as a senior. Sean had taught her to visualize the race both from a perspective of leading the whole race, and needing to come from behind. Sure enough as the race started, Brinn had a poor start and found herself behind the pack. However, she had the confidence from her visualization to run her race and was able to overcome her slow start and win.
Running for GMA and Sean has transformed Brinn as a runner both physically and mentally. Being able to run with several of the fastest runners in the state each week challenged her and helped her improve. Sean is an amazing track coach and I am thankful Brinn was able to run with Gold Medal Athletics. If you are looking for someone to help your child improve in track, if you are looking for that mental edge, if you are looking for a supportive team of friends, try Gold Medal Athletics.