Very pleased to announce that Nathan Clarke has been shortlisted for the National ASA Young Volunteer of the Year Award. Nathan will be attending the awards ceremony on the 26th November, we wish him every luck and can't wait to find out.
Tuesday 16th August 2016, written by Sophie Olver from Clevedon ASC
I spent the third day of Bryanston swimming camp with the Red group, coached by Paul Sartain and Laura Nesbitt. We began the day with an early 7am breakfast and then began our pool session at 8:15am. In the pool the morning’s main focus was on ultra-short race pace training (with the aim to improve their score each day), and then a choice kick challenge. Following the pool session we went over to the sports hall for land conditioning led by Kate Nimmo and Rory Burton. Today’s session featured skipping and numerous medicine ball exercises working on our stamina, core and balance. After a tough session we ended the conditioning with a 5 minute skipping challenge in pairs whereby you count how many skips you can do as a group – Red group won the challenge over green and orange group, with a total of over 7000 skips. After lunch, we returned to the pool for our last session with GB swimmer Lizzie Simmonds. Her pool session today was centred around backstroke drills including balancing a cup on your head and clapping the whole length with your arms out the water, she also did some work on sculling, to improve body position in the water and kick. The red group finished their day with an encouraging and eye-opening lecture by Coach Paul Sartain on why failure can spark growth. Following the lecture, I joined Orange group for archery, an alternative sport for the swimmers to enjoy, with most of the 11-13 year olds hitting the target more than me. After a lovely evening meal, all 3 groups came together for relays, featuring an obstacle course and egg and spoon race, on the field led by Maggie Cunningham (green group coach). After a long day the swimmers had an early bedtime ready for the next day! In just three days I have already learnt and gained so much from young volunteering at this regional camp, including new drills, exercises and stroke technique. Everyone (staff and swimmers) is incredibly lovely and I will be sad to leave early tomorrow for results day.
I hope you are enjoying these blogs of our ASA SW Regional Swim Camp, they are being shared around the SW region, personally I'm a little disappointed not to see a picture of the wonderful food on offer. Perhaps our very own Chris Wood can sort that one out. Well done to all the volunteers who are having what seems to be a very rewarding, educational and beneficial experience. KellyPods ... See MoreSee Less
Monday's blog from Bryanston from Tessa Down from Chard Swimming Club:
Today the swimmers were able to get top tips from Lizzie Simmonds, who swam in both the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. She worked on the swimmers backstroke and freestyle, giving them tips on arm pull and their positioning in the water. She also swam some awesome underwater work, inspiring the swimmers to get in and swim with skill. Following her inspiring pool sessions, Lizzie then gave a talk to the kids about her time in the sport. She showed them images of her competing at both Olympics , European's and Worlds. Also telling us about her experience at the London olympics. Lizze then talked about the struggles of swimming and how at her level you can't give up when she mets a hurdle. After the talk the children where able to get autographs and photos. The kids were truly inspired by the talk and realised that in this sport you have so many downs but the highs out way them. ... See MoreSee Less
A couple of days late but here is Nathan Clarke's first blog having arrived safely at Bryanston Swim Camp on Sunday. Sunday
First day at the Bryanston swim camp. I arrived at 10am with Chris (a hour earlier than we needed to). We were the first people to arrive, except Neil - the course director. I felt slightly apprehensive and nervous about the week ahead, being my first time here, however meeting all the staff throughout the day it became obvious how kind, friendly and welcoming everyone was. Us young volunteers spent the majority of the afternoon and evening in the pool helping out with all 3 groups. After 3 hours, Paul (Red group coach) allowed Sophie and I a short break before vounterring in his session. Today was a day of introductions, getting to know everyone snd trying tto find my way round this huge building. I'm really looking forward to the week ahead. ... See MoreSee Less
Today family and friends are saying goodbye to John Lovett who sadly died recently. On behalf of the club we send our condolences and thank John for all his support and volunteering within Burnham-on-Sea Swimming Club in his many roles. Mark will be representing the club today. A grateful club says farewell and thank you xxxxx ... See MoreSee Less