PEI – Beijing Olympic Bronze Medalist in the Men’s 1500 freestyle Ryan Cochrane and coach Randy Bennett flew across the country to PEI with the goal to inspire young swimmers. Mission accomplished!

Cochrane, who spent the day visiting local clubs, inspired young swimmers, coaches and volunteers with words and actions. Coach Randy Bennett got his star pupil in the water to join the swimmers and did a 30-minute workout focusing on technique.

“It was fun!” said Ryan. “I really enjoy seeing the smile on the young swimmers face’s and I talk about my experiences growing up in the sport.”

After their busy day at the pool, Ryan and Randy were guest speakers at the Swimming Canada Volunteers Awards Banquet. This dynamic duo took the stage and talked about their quest to the podium.

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During his speech, Cochrane talked about how he first started as a national qualifier and how he saw his competitors. “I actually never idolized big names in Canadian swimming. I looked at them and thought, what do I need to do to beat them. It was the same when I looked at guys like Grant Hackett.”

Cochrane and Bennett’s words not only made waves with young swimmers, but also the leaders of the swimming community. “Watch out Canada, PEI will be a forced to reckon with!” said PEI Swimming President Sandy Lowther.

“Ryan has the power to make people dream, and by taking the time to meet with young swimmers, he will inspire to win,” said Pierre Lafontaine, CEO and National Coach for Swimming Canada.

Cochrane will return to his hometown of Victoria to train in preparation to compete at the Canada Cup next month in Toronto.