David “Dirk” Smith is the head coach for Stonewall Performance. He is pursuing his PhD in sport/exercise science and psychology at the German Sports University in Cologne, holds a master’s degree in sport/exercise psychology and a bachelor’s degree in sport/exercise science. He is the managing editor of sports and associate director of education for Compete Sports Diversity and the community manager for Virtual Sport Psych. Dirk is a 3x national champion and 16x Gay Games medalist in competitive swimming.
Currently based in Cologne, Germany, he is a sport psychology consulant, strength and conditioning coach, swimming coach, published scientist, and journalist. Dirk’s outreach is truly international as he continuously seeks to challenge his own personal and professional life through education and experience.
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What does it mean to be “Fit with PRIDE?”
My passion is based upon how sport and exercise influence the mental, physical and social health of both individuals and the community. Through this endeavor I have accumulated 15 years of knowledge, training and experience as an athlete, coach, teacher, reseacher and leader that I channel through Stonewall Performance. As a result, I am honored to work with and learn from my athletes, peers, and colleagues to build confidence, empowerement and authencity through sport.
My philosophy has been built around establishing a greater purpose in sport and exercise by inspiring my athletes to seek growth through challenge and developing goals based upon the improvement of the self. This task oriened, mastery focused approach looks beyond simple aesthetics and competition by diving deeper into pushing the limits of each athlete against themselves to achieve more than they ever thought possible. Only from there can one truly understand what it means to be “athletic” and thus, Fit with PRIDE.