• What’s This About

    While coaching swimming nothing would send the hair on the back of my neck standing more than the words ‘I CAN’T’. My internal scream would send out a louder ‘WHY NOT’. The interaction, the turbulence, provided a direction…head first into the fire. I feared that the ‘I CAN’T’, if not investigated, concretes itself into the safe harbor, the containment, of a lifelong ‘BREAKWALL’. The ‘WHY NOT’ is ‘THE BEYOND’, the battle cry, the direction, the salvaging effort. The metaphor is ageless, human.
    Going ‘BEYOND BREAKWALLS’ is living your life… ‘BBW’ is the encouragement.

    I am dedicating these efforts in support of 'The Brotherhood For The Fallen'

    They represent reverently, modestly, and humbly the individuals who chose a side, planted their heels, and met their final call. They are Hero’s, represented by Hero's. It's an incredible honor.
    Thanks for visiting, that too is an Honor...

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I’ve been living outside the comfort zone for so long that it has become mundane, an easily chosen direction. ‘The extraordinary considered regularly by the ordinary’


SPEAKING; ‘The ultimate in transparency’, there is no place to hide. Up in front completely exposed…an earned position, everyone’s position. There is integrity, an authenticity, involved in speaking.  Something magical occurs while speaking. It’s interesting the healing that transpires during the course of a spoken word session, a story, or the willingness to share.


It’s my intention to take BBW on the road, dig into the lessons learned by a lifetime. Relate an entire career survived, touch on some of the world’s most difficult events easily considered and successfully completed, share reflections of a 15 season coaching stint, tell some stories, and most importantly make connections into your life. ‘It has nothing to do with swimming’, ‘Going beyond where you normally stop’, and living ‘Beyond Breakwalls’ will be showcased. Secretly I hope to give a little nudge in a forward direction.



Dates for SPEAKING can be taken now via cell phone contact or an email request directly, and also utilizing the ‘comment’ section. A personal connection with a contact person will follow. Please allow one day for set up and the next day for the event.


Cell: 1-773-234-8275

Email: BeyondBreakwalls.org


Currently training full time for Catalina, the final leg of the ‘Triple Crown’ with a splashdown scheduled for midnight on 13 August 2013.



Dates for January 2013 and beyond are now being taken.


It would be an honor,



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  • About Nial

    I fell a few times in the past few years that 'BBW' is a climb back, a rekindling of my Soul. The postings keep me 'tracking' in a passionate direction. I need that, Passion. The other piece that is so important to me, especially at this time in my life, is to somehow share the experience, the attitude, humor, pain... all things human. It's in this place we can relate and in certain moments...carry each other. I need that too.
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  • Swims Completed

    1. English Channel

    2. Strait of Gibraltar

    3. Manhattan Island

    4.Chicago Shoreline

    5. Chicago to Michigan

    6. Catalina Island