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Swim Swift Elite ran it’s first two day swimming camp at Abingdon School on the 21st & 22nd Febuary and it was a resounding success! The facilities at Abingdon School were fantastic and the staff were very helpful making it a superb venue for us to hold our first camp.

The first day focussed on starts, turns and underwater work for Butterfly as well as Butterfly technique. The second day focussed on the same aspects for Freestyle. There was lots of information given along with two land work outs each day, with specific swimmer injury prevention exercises, pilates, stretching, core workouts and circuit training. Both days had classroom sessions where both of us, Amy and Joe, could share our own stories of what it took for us to move from club level swimming to the Olympic Games.

The brilliant feedback we have received has been overwhelming by all the swimmers and parents who attended. We would like to thank everyone that joined us, and helped make it such a success and enjoyable experience! Due to request we will definitely be running more camps again so please check out our website for future dates.

Here are a few of the comments we have received since our Abington Swim Camp

“Thank you Joe and Amy for an excellent weekend of swimming for Max.

He really enjoyed the two day camp and felt he got a lot of helpful pointers for both his freestyle and butterfly. Having you both give demonstrations in the water was really helpful and a highlight for Max. He told us “I swam in the same lane as an Olympian!”.

“Huge thanks Amy and Jo for a very engaging weekend, it’s clear you really care about individual swimmer progression. The level of 1:1 feedback provided was brilliant:)”

“Wow so much packed into two days – amazing!Just to say an enormous thank you for all of your guidance and support given to the boys at the weekend.They had a great time and you truly inspired them. They took on board so much that you had spoken about and demonstrated.

It was great to watch my son swim at training this evening and put into action some of the tips that you gave.A super dive into the water followed by power on and off were being put to good use in his fly and turns were looking sharp. To name just a few things.Looking forward to watching my son put into action the tips given especially for his 1500m free at the weekend. He really got lots from the training and is going to work really hard on his dive, kick and fly. His father and I are looking forward to watching them further and see how they use the skills to improve their swimming. With Counties coming up they have the motivation. Let’s hope they are able to achieve the goals that they have set themselves.

The training was action packed and encompassed many aspects of swimming both in and out of the pool. Your communication to parents and swimmers was very good and delivered really well in a very friendly manner.The venue was super and the staff were very helpful.

Well done. You are both world class athletes and lovely people too.

Many thanks. Hope to see you again.

Thank you to everyone we met at Abingdon



Swim Swift Elite were invited to visit Wellingborough Amateur Swimming Club during half term for a Butterfly and Freestyle technical session.

The visit started with an introduction and classroom session discussing the importance of land training and competitive swimming. A motivational presentation on racing psychology was also delivered to the swimmers, where Amy and Joe shared their own thoughts and experiences from their competitive international careers. Discussions on how to handle nerves, training and racing mindsets and keys to success followed these presentations.

Both the pool and the classroom sessions ran very smoothly. The swimmers and coaches at Wellingborough were all very keen to learn what we had to offer and the feedback has been great!

A fantastic time was had by all lots of new things learnt! I’m sure we will see them all again!


Rugby Swimming Club continued to take advantage of the Master Class series at the discounted rate! This time they had chosen to work on their swimmers Breaststroke. The visit ran as two, one and a half hour session, splitting the younger and older squads. Amy and Joe were also joined by Commonwealth Medallist and England Breaststroker, James Wilby. James is a Loughborough University trained swimmer who has shown huge improvements of the last 12 months. Last Summer he used his fantastic technique to compete in the final of the men’s 200 Breaststroke, as well as picking up a relay medal. Competing in arguably the most competitive event in British swimming right now, James has to use his great technique to challenge the leaders. So was perfect to demonstrate to the swimmers at Rugby.


Here is the feedback we received recently after our talk at the East Region ASA District Camp.

“We had Joe Roebuck and Amy Smith in their GB kit deliver the lifestyle presentation but with a mix of their experiences thrown into it, relating often to their achievements and preparation of London 2012 Games. This was excellent and they also brought their medals to help inspire the swimmers to aim for that next level”.

“The presenters would be great for both regional events or if you get a club asking for some suggestions, I would recommend these.”


Hitchin Swimming Club developing squads had the fantastic opportunity to take part in a front crawl masterclass with Joe Roebuck and Amy Smith from Swim Swift Elite at the start of 2015. The talk on motivation, breathing and technique followed by a practical session in the pool really inspired our young swimmers, parents and coaching  staff who can now put into practice the techniques on starts, turns  and finishes as well as on stoke technique which Amy and Joe clearly explained and demonstrated.  The swimmers are buzzing from their experience, we highly recommend it.


Here are some of the great swimmers we met at the end of November in Rugby. We attended Rugby Swimming club to work on aspects of Backstroke technique, and land work with the swimmers. A great time was had by all, and lots of new skills and drills were learnt. A great group to work with.


“We were fortunate enough to have Amy and Joe visit Redditch Swimming Club, to deliver two front crawl skills sessions for almost 60 of our swimmers.  They did a fantastic job explaining the technical aspects of the stroke, and our swimmers all benefited greatly from being coached by these two Olympians, and watching their superb demonstrations in the pool.  We hope to have them back again soon for a similar session on fly.” Chris Britt, Head Coach, Redditch swimming Club.

“We attended a freestyle masterclass with Amy Smith and Joe Roebuck and would highly recommend the swim clinic to any competitive swimmer who is looking to improve their stroke technique or develop their racing skills. We learnt a variety of front crawl drills which we have now incorporated within our own training plan. The session was tailored to suit our needs and we both found it extremely useful and informative. It also gave us the chance to pick up some top tips and advice from two former Olympians!” Paul Wilkes and Laura Cranshaw (Redditch Swimming Club).


Warley WASPS – 31/05/14.

‘Can Warley WASPS thank Amy and Joe for their well-executed swim workshop. The event consisted of an initial introduction which included competition preparation and nutrition. This ended with a question and answer session which involved swimmers and parents. Shortly after, everyone met on the poolside to engage in a swimming master class session. This covered technique and drills, streamlining and diving. this was a tremendous opportunity for swimmers and coaches to learn innovative ways to approach our sessions. It was a well worth event which offered something to everyone. On behalf of all the swimmers and coaching staff at Warley WASPS, may we say thank you for your time and patience. We hope to see you again soon, many thanks to Amy and Joe’. From Gareth Comerford, Assistant Coach, Warley WASPS

“To have access to our current International swimmers proved to be inspirational to our young swimmers, they learned and were able to see and experience high level performance/practices and what they personally could achieve with hard work and dedication!” From Mark Soulsby, Head Coach, Warley WASPS.


Clevedon Swimming Club – 30/03/14.

“I would like to comment on Amy and Joe’s visit.  I felt that they were really informative and helpful, but particularly to the level of the members of Clevedon Swimming Club, relaying their experiences to ones which our children could relate to. Seeing them swim in the pool was an inspiration too and generally I feel that they were extremely approachable and helpful to both parents and kids alike.” – a parent

‘As a coach and parent, I feel that our swimmers got massive benefit from Amy and Joe’s master class. Amy and Joe were friendly, knowledgeable and highly professional and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.” – a coach and parent

“It was fantastic from start to finish.  What lovely, down-to-earth people Amy and Joe are.  The swimmers will have got so much out of this evening, as I certainly did” – a coach


“The clinic was aimed at our top group ranging from county qualifiers up to National qualifiers. Amy used the first part of the session to explain her own journey through swimming and dealt with the real-life issues of nutrition, training, looking after themselves and preparation for competition.  As it referred to her own experience, the swimmers could relate to it much better than when they are just told the facts.  The pool session was excellent, the information, drill and explanations were clear but again, related to her own experiences as an Olympic Qualifying swimmer – something the whole group respected but could see how it might work for them.

There was plenty of time to ask questions, sort out issues in and out of the pool regarding individual swimmers and the group took to her informal but very knowledgeable method of passing on information.  It was an informative, supportive but most of all very enjoyable for all those taking part” Steve Armstrong, Head Coach Louth Swimming Club

Swimmer Comments

“Amy did some new drills which she made look relatively easy – when we tried them it was very hard work but I have found my freestyle has improved. Went sub 60 for the first time. ”

“Was great – Amy was easy to talk to and gave us lots of ideas.  Don’t know how she manages to swim faster than me at freestyle when she looks to be taking it easy”