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Para canoe World Championship success

After working with the British Paracanoe team as a soft tissue therapist since February, Amy was lucky enough to be part of the staff team that travelled to Duisburg in Germany for the athletes World Championships! It was great to be part of such an upbeat and driven team, and learn more about how the sport works. The team delivered what they had set out to, and are now full steam ahead toward Rio! You can find out more about the event through this link… http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/disability-sport/36336176

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Birmingham University Swim Team.

It is always great to be invited to work with new people and a new swim team. This was the first time we have worked with a University squad before and it was a really positive and interesting dynamic to work with more seasoned swimmers. Our Starts & Turns Master-Class was designed for the University squads and ran with two different groups. After two pool sessions we finished off with a group presentation delivering some key messages to the swimmers and the opportunity for them to quiz us about our international careers.

The new swimming pool will soon be built at Birmingham Uni, something that head coach Gary is extremely giddy about! So we will look forward to visiting the swim team in their new pool of dreams soon!

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St Mary’s Cambridge Sports Awards.

It was fantastic to be invited to attend the Sports Awards dinner hosted by St Mary’s Independent Girls school in Cambridge this year. Amy was joined by two amazing athletes, Claire Cunningham & Serita Soloman who are both competing for their seat on the plane to Rio later this year! Amy was sat on a table with some very inspirational year 7’s for dinner, and was able to find out much more about the students, their amazing school, and what they love about taking part in the variety of sports available to them with the support of the school. Claire, Serita & I were then asked to take to the stage and answer some questions that had been prepared by the students, about our own journeys, challenges we came across, how we fit our training around studies, and much more. Every student in the room had achieved so much and should be very proud of themselves. It was brilliant to see how much support is offered to each and every student, not just from the school, but from every other girl there. The local paper even wrote an article on it! Here is the link…  http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/St-Mary-8217-s-celebrate-successful-year-sport/story-29299512-detail/story.html

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A Masterclass for Mansfield swimming club.

We were invited to join Mansfield Swim Club and ran a Butterfly and Breaststroke Master-Class. The event even made it into the local papers! (Mansfield & Ashfield Chad). Where we were praised for delivering an “inspirational visit” and helped “further their development”. Our masterclass was described as being “educational and motivating”. High praise indeed!

Many thanks to Mansfield for hosting the event, we look forward to working with you again in the future!

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Our 2nd Masterclass with Leicester Sharks.

Our second Masterclass with Leicester sharks swimming club had the same focus as the previous masterclass, Starts, turns, & Freestyle, but was with a new group of swimmers this time. It was fantastic to see how enthusiastic every swimmer was, wanting to improve their skills and give the new drills a try. Again, some parents got involved to make sure that everyone was as quick off the block as possible! In the classroom, we allowed the swimmers to look at day to day nutritional choices interactively, and some of the answers were quite a shock to them! We loved working with everyone at the club again, thank you for inviting us back!

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Active Nation (Lincoln).

In April, Amy travelled to Yarborough Leisure centre in Lincoln to attend an event hosted by Active Nation. Active Nation is a charity that promotes physical activity & a healthy lifestyle to the nation. Amy was asked to speak to the children who attended this free event about not just her journey leading up to the London 2012 Olympic Games, but how she got into swimming, and everything she has gained from it. After chatting, we all headed over to the pool for an hour of starts & turns practice with some fun new drills for the swimmers to try, and even some t-shirt relays at the end! It wasn’t just the swimmers that Amy worked with that day, but the teachers too. Many of the teachers got in the water with Amy to try out some different drills that could be used with their swimmers, & went through technical points of each stroke. We looked at ways to use drills on land before transferring them into the water, and how we could use different pieces of equipment to aid the drills. It was great to see that the teachers were so enthusiastic & willing to try the drills out themselves.

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Ellesmere Titans Skills clinic.

Each year, Ellesmere Titans hold a free skills clinic to help give something back to younger swimmers, & give possible future Titans the opportunity to check out the facilities and all Ellesmere Titans has to offer them. Amy was asked to come along and run a 2 hour skills clinic for the attendee’s where we focused on here speciality, Freestyle, and Starts. With the fantastic help of some of the current Titans, the pool session was both successful & fun. Many of the parents arrived just in time to see just how fast their children were off the blocks!!

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Sporting Start – Visit to Escrick & Hemingborough Primary Schools.

After Joe’s visit in 2015, Amy was asked to make a return visit as Swim Swift Elite to 2 different Primary schools up near York, working with Sporting Start who aim to ‘Empower Children through Sport’. The purpose of the trip was to encourage students to become involved with sport & physical activity in an attempt to enthuse, enliven, & empower children towards success, whatever that may look like for them. Not all students were necessarily ‘sporty’ by nature, but through Sporting Starts programme that had identified each student as possibly benefitting from being involved in sport in some way, many had found that playing an important role within a team & trying something new & energetic has given them the opportunity to shine & boosted their confidence. Amy gave an inspirational talk to students at each school & was part of an after-school group where a mixture of students from each school came together to talk about how the programme had helped them, what further activities they would like to be a part of, & voluntary services they could offer to sporting groups in the area, and their schools.

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Leicester Sharks swimming club Presentation evening

It was a fantastic evening with Leicester Sharks and it was an honour for Joe to be asked to present the trophies and give a speech at their awards evening! This was a celebration for everyone involved with the club, swimmers, parents, coaches, staff, old & new. As the special guest, Olympian Joe Roebuck gave an inspirational and rewarding speech, praising the efforts of the swimmers and the dedication of all who help run the club and make it such a successful place. Meeting the sponsors, Premier Logistics, and an impromptu Q&A with the audience, as well as many photos and autographs with the swimmers made it an extremely enjoyable evening!

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ASA Masters Development Day – 17/01/16

January saw many of the countries competitive masters swimmers meet in Loughborough for a day of workshops for various land based yet swimming related topics, and a two and a half hour pool session. Swim Swift Elite were on poolside working alongside Great British Swimming Coach Glenn Smith, to deliver 3 different sessions. Breaststroke, Backstroke, and Starts & Turns. The group was split into 3 so that we could rotate, getting the most out of each smaller group of swimmers. We broke down each skill right back to basics, and then built it back up again, hopefully making the focus points clearer. Some swimmers tried skills for the first time, which was great to see. Enthusiasm is key to making better swimmers!

We hope that the drills were not only helpful in informative, but enjoyable too, we definitely had fun working with everyone, and felt privileged to be asked to be part of this development day.