with Samantha Arsenault Livingstone

On Saturday, Oct. 22, Olympic swimmer Samantha Arsenault Livingstone spent time at the Westport Weston Family YMCA where she delivered a keynote speech, engaged in conversation, and facilitated workshops with the WRAT swim team athletes and parents. The focus was on the intersection of mental health and performance. Athletes shared the specific areas they find challenging. Samantha pointed out that people can “fall into a trap of believing that – if we just try hard enough, we can avoid hard, uncomfortable things.”. During this session, she helped them understand how to navigate through difficult emotions, cultivate resilience, and strengthen the brain + body connection. Samantha provided the athletes and their parents with valuable tools to help them handle times of struggle.

Westport Weston YMCA Water Rats participating in workshop with Samantha Livingstone
Westport Weston YMCA Water rats with Olympian Samantha Livingstone