Athlete Name: Gunther Schwartz
Hometown: Fort Pierce, Florida
Education: Indian River State College
Tell us a little about yourself
I’m Gunther Schwartz, my friends call me G-Savage. I rowed all through high school. I’ve placed second in the state of Florida for men’s lightweight four. I’ve raced in the US Rowing southeast regional championship. My senior year of high school I rowed in the Stotesbury Cup Regatta, and the 2018 Canadian Secondary Schools Championships. I worked out every day in high school and graduated with Summa Cum Laude and was an active member in the National Honor Society for all four years of high school. I am currently a fulltime college student and am a high school rowing coach for North Palm Beach Rowing Club. I have started my paddle board training for the Crossing for a Cure, an epic paddle from Bimini, Bahamas to West Palm Beach, Florida.
“My motivation is the people around me.”
Tell us what motivates you the most.
My motivation is the people around me. In February of 2018 I lost a friend to a car crash, a week later I lost a family member and the next week I lost my friend with cystic fibrosis. At the end of February, I went to the doctors and did a lung function test, and I dropped three percent. Family and friends made me keep going when I thought I couldn’t. I would go back and think about that three percent. Telling myself I have to do an extra rep of squats or I have to row an extra 500 meter, or I have to go a little harder, not for me but to get back that three percent for them. I just tell myself when I physically can’t go any more, I remind myself I owe it my family for all they have sacrificed for me, for all the times my friends where there for me.
Why do you exercise?
I exercise because I love it. I never liked video games as a kid. I would always be at the beach, or rowing. Exercise for me is my happy place may it be when rowing, paddle boarding or at the gym I just find myself happy there. It makes me feel good mentally and physically. When I’m sick, I try to push myself to do some physical activity. It just makes me feel good like I’ve accomplished something while reminding me that I own cystic fibrosis it doesn’t own me.
What are your goals for the future?
I plan on graduating Indian River State College with my associates in business, then transfer to Stetson University. This summer I’ll be participating in the crossing for a cure, an epic paddle from Bimini Bahamas to west palm Florida to help fundraise for Cystic Fibrosis. I plan to continue coaching rowing.
Who is your role model?
My family and friends are role models. They have taught me to preserve and always strive for greatness. My mom has always watched me do my PT test at the doctors and the time I did my best ever, even the doctors were impressed she said you can do better. My next PT was even better than the previous and I give it to my mom for being there to motivate me. She taught me no matter how impressive the results are there’s still room to improve. I’ve carried that into my daily life from sports to academics. My parents and brother have always pushed me to be the best I possibly can be. My dad has taught me how to be disciplined and patient.