Motivational Swimming Quotes That Will Inspire You To Swim Fast

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We prepared a set of inspirational quotes that you can print out for your swimmers.
Nothing is impossible. With so many people saying it couldn’t be done, all it takes is imagination.
Michael Phelps
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Never put an age limit on your dreams.
Dara Torres
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Not everyone wins all the time… Winning is the easy part, losing is really tough.
Amy Van Dyken
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Olympic champions should be 100 percent athletes who have made sacrifices.
Adam Peaty
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If you fail to prepare, you're prepared to fail.
Mark Spitz
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Success mindset quotes from the best swimmers in the world

I’m trying to do the best I can. I’m not concerned with tomorrow, but with what goes on today.
Mark Spitz
At the start of each day, I remind myself, my toughest opponent is in the mirror.
Ryan Lochte
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Things won’t go perfect. It’s all about how you adapt from those things and learn from mistakes.
Michael Phelps
The body does what the mind prefers.
Lenny Krayzelburg
The best swimmers are the ones that almost don’t try the most… It’s just about relaxing and enjoying it.
Cate Campbell
You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.
Missy Franklin
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You don’t want to line up on the blocks and know you have not done everything you possibly can.
Stephanie Rice
I think goals should never be easy. They should force you to work, even if they are uncomfortable at the time.
Michael Phelps
I just felt like I can try to do something special.
Chad Le Clos
Without goals, training has no direction.
Natalie Coughlin
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There are days when I don’t feel motivated and I don’t want to get up to go to practice. I’m a very goal-oriented person, so I set short-term goals and try to reach those goals. And when I have those days, I think about those goals, and it gets me motivated.
Dara Torres
The more you believe in yourself, the faster you’re going to get.
Adam Peaty
Swimming is a confusing sport, because sometimes you do it for fun, and other times you do it to not die. And when I’m swimming, sometimes I’m not sure which one it is.
Demetri Martin
I’ve swum for my country, I’ve swum for my coaches and my schools and my teams. I decided this time I was going to swim for myself.
Janet Evans
A true champion knows how to overcome doubts and manage those doubts and turn them into motivation.
Misty Hyman
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Practice like you’re not good enough to win. Race like you’re too good to lose.
Katie Ledecky
Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.
Matt Biondi
We’ve seen, time and again, when people focus on the outcome rather than what needs to be done to achieve a desirable result, then the wheels fall off.
Cate Campbell

Inspiration swimming quotes about racing

I knew I had all kinds of work to do and I left no stone unturned. But on the day I actually got to the Olympics there was this incredible, overwhelming, feeling that someone has to win this race and why not me?
Mark Tewksbury
Swimming isn’t everything – winning is.
Mark Spitz
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Winners see what they want to have happened…
Grant Hackett
You are always racing against the other swimmers, but I always try to just focus on what I’m doing and how I want to swim my races.
Katie Ledecky
I concentrate on preparing to swim my race and let the other swimmers think about me, not me about them.
Amanda Beard
I swam the race like I trained to swim it. It is not mathematical. I just let my body do it. It is a lot easier if you let your body do what it is trained for.
Ian Thorpe
For myself, losing is not coming second. It’s getting out of the water knowing you could have done better. For myself, I have won every race I’ve been in.
Ian Thorpe
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The most important lesson I’ve learned from sports is how to be not only a gracious winner, but a good loser as well. Not everyone wins all the time, as a matter of fact, no one wins all the time. Winning is the easy part, losing is really tough. But, you learn more from one loss than you do from a million wins. You learn a lot about sportsmanship.
Amy Van Dyken
Never worry about what anyone else is doing…Just swim your own race.
Dara Torres
I’ve enjoyed training again, I’ve enjoyed pushing myself in the pool and I’ll keep on swimming until I feel I cannot get any more out of myself.
Ian Thorpe

Hard work quotes for swimmers

I don’t know if I practiced more than anybody, but I sure practiced enough. I still wonder if somebody — somewhere — was practicing more than me.
Larry Bird
There’s just something about that cold rush that I know I hate and a lot of other swimmers hate.
Natalie Coughlin
There are a lot of people that are very talented. But just don’t work at it. It’s a waste of talent if you don’t work at it and improve.
Tracy Caulkins
The reason swimming is one of the hardest sports is that you have to be in the pool by yourself every day, making that sacrifice. There’s no time to do anything else.
Chad le Clos

Enjoy swimming quotes

I can’t imagine what I would be doing if I wasn’t swimming. It is what I want to do now; it is what I want to do in the foreseeable future, and that is what I’m focusing on.
Cate Campbell
I actually love swimming but I just hate jumping in the water.
Natalie Coughlin
Have fun, because that’s what life is about.
Ryan Lochte
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The water is your friend…you don’t have to fight the water, just share the same spirit as the water and it will help you move.
Alexandr Popov
Swimming is my passion and something that I love.
Natalie du Toit
I’ve just been enjoying the training a bit more. I’ve put too much pressure on myself in the past. Just relax and let it come. I just went out there to have a bit of fun tonight.
Sophie Edington
Enjoy the journey, enjoy every moment and stop worrying about winning and losing.
Matt Biondi
Enjoy swimming for swimming’s sake. We have to spend far too much time in the water to not enjoy the process of challenging yourself of moving through the water.
Jeff Rouse
Being happy outside the pool means fast swimming in the pool.
Eric Shanteau

Inspirational swimming quotes that will help you push through tough times

Being happy outside the pool means fast swimming in the pool.
Alicia Coutts
Sometimes we complain, but there is something beautiful about waking up before everyone to get better at what we love.
Missy Franklin
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
It’s what you do with the rough patches that will define the athlete that you’ll become.
Dana Vollmer
In training, everyone focuses on 90% physical and 10% mental, but in the races it's 90% mental because there’s very little that separates us physically at the elite athlete level.
Elka Graham
If there is a dream or a goal that you want you have to go for it 100%.
Alia Atkinson
Identify your personal limits and then push past them… again, and again.
Nicole Haislett
For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.
Focusing is about saying ‘No.
Steve Jobs
Forever is composed of nows.
Emily Dickinson
I can’t control what everyone else swims but if all goes well I know there are no limits.
Leisl Jones
Wins and losses come a dime a dozen. But effort, nobody can judge effort. Because effort is between you and you.
Ray Lewis
To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead, you relax, and float.
Alan Watts
This life is like a swimming pool. You dive into the water, but you can’t see how deep it is.
Dennis Rodman
There is no substitute for hard work.
Thomas Edison
The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.
Vince Lombardi
You must stay focused on the end result to achieve your goals.
Catherine Pulsifer
While we are here we should set goals and achieve them, make the best of things, make others feel good about themselves, and be happy with what we are and what we are doing.
Janet Evans

How do you motivate a swimmer?

Everyone feels a little burned out at some point in a swimming career. There are a lot of factors that can play a role in the burnout of a competitive swimmer. And, as a coach or a parent, you wonder: what can I do to help them through tough times?

There's no secret motivation recipe that would work for all swimmers. Every swimmer is unique, with their own set of motivations, beliefs, and desires.

Personality, beliefs, values, past experiences, and individual goals can influence a swimmer to overcome challenges.

For example, one swimmer may be encouraged to win gold medals at swimming meets, but that's not the case for everyone. Others may be motivated by the sense of achievement they feel after a successful training session. Some swimmers may be motivated by the social aspect of being at the swimming pool with teammates, while others seek motivation by observing famous swimmers.

It's best to connect with your swimmer and learn more about them. That will help you as a coach understand your athlete's individual needs and motivations.

Observe what motivational factors work for them and create a tailored approach to get them to swim fast.

Here are a few tips to motivate a swimmer:

  • Set achievable goals
    Preparation for big races is a long road. Help the swimmer set realistic and attainable goals by breaking down big goals into small pieces.
  • Celebrate progress
    Recognize and celebrate the swimmer's progress and achievements, no matter how small. That will build up the confidence needed for swimming fast.
  • Encourage positive self-talk
    Competitive swimming is all about self-belief. Teach your athletes to focus on positive self-talk and ignore negative thoughts.
  • Provide constructive feedback
    Let them know that you are paying attention to how they swim. Feedback will help to make changes to maximize performance and make them valued in the team.
  • Make it fun
    Make the swimming experience enjoyable and fun by adding games or competitions to training sessions. Remember, swimming is just one part of their life that has to be enjoyable for long-term success.
  • Provide support
    Offer emotional and mental support to the swimmer in and out of the pool. Build a bond and trust between each other. Encourage them to seek support when needed.
  • Offer variety
    Swimming shouldn't be dry and boring. Mix up training routines to keep the swimmer interested and motivated.
  • Foster a growth mindset
    Encourage your swimmers to accept challenges and embrace them. Foster self-belief in their ability to improve.