Robert had the pleasure of meeting Terry Laughlin while on a course a couple of years ago so we would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to his work.
Message from Terry Laughlin’s wife, Alice, and daughters, Fiona, Carrie, and Betsy:
After living with metastatic prostate cancer for two years (about which he blogged widely), Terry passed away on Friday, October 20th, 2017, of complications related to his condition. He displayed his characteristic optimism, wit, and passion for life– and swimming– until the very end. Our family is in mourning and we ask that we be given time and space to grieve a beloved husband and father privately. While he was “Ter” and “Dad” to us, we fully recognize that Terry was also a legend in the swimming world and admired by countless people whose lives he touched in meaningful ways. We appreciate the well-wishes of Terry’s many friends, fellow coaches, students, and fans. A formal obituary is forthcoming and plans for a public memorial, including several memorial swim events, will be announced for 2018.
Message from Keith Woodburn, Operations Director:
Like many of you reading this I’m still having a hard time accepting the fact that Terry’s gone – that he’s not in his home-office typing away at a blog post, or working on his book….or taking the best swim of his life. One reason this is so difficult to come to grips with is that Terry still had so much to give. His creative fire burned bright until his last days, and even in the face of a terminal illness he approached life with optimism and a plan for improvement.
I’m forever grateful to have been Terry’s right-hand-man and to have had the chance to work with a true visionary. Terry put his full trust in me and took a sincere interest in my development and well-being. I can honestly say that in my 15 year tenure at TI I’ve never had to compromise my values, or do work that challenged my integrity. That in itself is an enormous gift.
Terry was an entrepreneur in the purist sense of the word. He was on a mission to change how swimming was taught all over the globe – the business was a byproduct of that passion. Terry stood tall in stature and influence, and to some he appeared larger than life. But those who knew him well were struck by his child-like curiosity about the world, and the optimism with which he confronted life’s challenges and rewards. Terry showed us that if you focus on what’s important to you, and bring a clear and open mind, the work becomes enjoyable. The work becomes its own reward.
While I mourn the loss of my mentor and friend, I find comfort in considering the body of work and the company he leaves behind. Total Immersion allowed him to to devote himself to the urgent task of improving lives and changing the world, one swimmer at at time.
Nothing in life is guaranteed, and Terry’s passing reminds us of that. But one thing that’s certain is his legacy will live on. Total Immersion – a platform for swimming innovation – will live on.
Farewell my friend, I’ll see you on the other side of the lake.
Total Immersion Sessions
Our weekly swim sessions at Hamilton College are proving to be very popular so why not come along and join us. Click here for more details.
We also have Total Immersion Workshops running in January. Click here for details.
Winter Swim Sessions
Winter swim session are at Pilmuir Quarry, on a Sunday morning, in the water for 10am.
Alicante 2018 Swim Camp
The swim camp will be based in the Alicante area with an exciting range of coves and coastlines to explore over the course of a week.
This trip is a great opportunity to swim with like minded individuals while exploring new waters and coastlines. There will be a new swim location each day with swim support provided. This trip is suited for swimmers who can comfortably swim at least 5km in one swim and who have a good understanding of open water swimming.