'My goal is to instill others with self-motivational skills, promote acceptance and respect for all people and support ideas that make the world a better place.'
Shawn Calendine has enjoyed a lifetime of athletics participating in in an array of sports such as baseball, wrestling, diving, triathlons, and running. However his most notable athletic endeavor was gymnastics. During 4 seasons with Coach Yoichi Tomita at Gym World in Tucson AZ, Shawn learned the process of success through rigorous training and self-determination. In 1987, Shawn won the Arizona State Championship for gymnastics in his class and went on to compete at nationals with his team. Following his competitive years, Shawn developed a love of coaching and spent the next 15 years as an intermediate and high level gymnastics coach where many of his teams and gymnasts went on to win state and regional championships.
In 2009, Shawn’s daughter Sage introduced him to the sport synchronized swimming. As Sage developed athletic aspirations and began to excel as a competitor Shawn realized he could be a coaching asset to both his daughter and her team. Seeing the connection between synchronized swimming and gymnastics, he began working with the girls on strength training and basic gymnastics skills that would improve their performance in the water. Shawn then went on to become a figures judge and levels judge and now judges synchronized swimming events in the state of Arizona.
In his spare time, Shawn participates on the board of directors of Tucson Clean & Beautiful and a race director for running events such as the ‘Tucson First Run’ a 5K running event that began on New Year’s Eve and is currently the race director for the ‘Tucson Loop Run Relay,’ which is a 50 mile relay running event on the over 100 miles of shared-use paths around metro Tucson.
Professionally, Shawn studied Environmental Science and Biology at Northern Arizona University and Portland State University before beginning a career in the geosciences. During the day Shawn is a marketing provocateur, SEO Wonk, and client liaison for hydroGEOPHYSICS Inc.