About Giant Strides

At Giant Strides Fitness, our goal is to help everyone reach their fitness potential. We want men and women to learn to believe in themselves and understand their real potential. It’s about creating new positive habits for a permanent change; learning to really listen to your body and working-out smarter.

Danelle Shaw

My name is Danielle Shaw, founder of Giant Strides Fitness.

In high school I was one of the Top 11 Soccer Recruits Nationally when I earned a scholarship to the D-I University of Massachusetts-Amherst in the Atlantic 10 Conference.

After High School I earned a Division I scholarship to the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in the Atlantic 10 Conference.

My time in Amherst was a great one earning numerous awards including: Team Captain in 1997, All Atlantic 10 in 1994-1997. I was selected to the All New England team in 1995 and 1996. I graduated and remain the schools All Time Saves Leader with 384 as well as the 3rd in All Time Shutouts with 34. I capped my collegiate career with a selection to the NCAA Senior All Star Game in 1998.

I went on to play professionally after college in Miami and Chicago in the prestigious W League. While playing for Chicago I was voted W League Goalkeeper of the Year in 1999 and 2000. In 1999 my best year as a professional, my team won the league Championship and I was voted the All Star Game and was selected as league MVP.

In 1999 I tried her skills in coaching with the NC State Wolfpack in the Division I Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). I was the Assistant Coach for two seasons 1999 and 2000. Once my soccer career was over, I started running marathons. I have run 10 marathons including qualifying for a and competing in the 2007 Boston Marathon.

After that I became interested in triathlons. I have since competed in 2 Half-Ironmans and 4 Olympic distance events. I placed 3rd overall in the women’s division 2009 Tri-Family Southwest Valley YMCA Olympic Triathlon.

My husband Brendan and I were married in 2003 and have two boys Tristan (3), Brady (9 mths). We live in Scottsdale, AZ

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