Building on my last post, it makes only sense and is logical – how I love logic – to think hey, why is there not a City of London Swimming Club?
Looking at the National Selection page of British Swimming, the team base of most selected swimmers have a City name or University / School swim team attached.
We have gotten:
Yep, you ask, where is London?
I get constantly requests from the Mayor of London to take part in surveys, none of which has anything to do with swimming.
Incidentally the London Secondary School Swim Team performance is non existent as well. The English School Swimming Association events, have few performers from London Schools.
Yes, the London Youth Games bring in many swimmers, who are all related to local swimming clubs, yet, London has not managed to produce a London Swimming Club, despite London being the richest City in the country.
Wonder, how do those other towns / cities manage to fund nationally successful swim teams?
Perhaps London should divide into Quadrants and have several London swimming clubs e.g. North, South, West and East.
It’s a whole new fresh approach. Some of the very trusted names like Aimee Wilmott and Hannah Miley are not among the chosen ones.
But the list published on British Swimming still shows some well-known, huge names like Adam Peaty, Tom Derbyshire, Luke Greenbank, both Lichfield brothers, James Guy, oops I am just quoting males here. Lets look at some females who are in: Freya Anderson and Imogen Clarke are well known from watching nationals and of course Freye Anderson made excellent performance in recent team medley events on an international level.
What impresses me most about the selection page is the part about the world-class sports science and medicine services attached to being selected.
No NHS queues for selected athletes then.
Most of the selected swimmers are already attached to a national training program like National Centre Bath or National Centre Loughborough. Very few local clubs have directly associated swimmers in the national program. That is a bit of a shame because it looses the local connection to big performance.
It’s either university/school run swim clubs or city run clubs apart from national centre swimmers, showing that independent clubs do not have a pool to perform in, rather than saying not a leg to stand on.
Local councils have to wake up to the fact that performance sport, swimming included, needs council or city funding. Here in London we have quite a few clubs but none of those have any swimmers in this national program. Why is it that London does not have a performance program? It may be due to the size of the city. London is a huge area, nothing compared to smaller cities, which have superb performance swimming clubs.
Yet all attempts to establish a performance program have been hampered perhaps by cost. The London Aquatics Performance Program was shelved after a couple of years. Both Aimee Wilmott and Jarvis Parkinson were part of it. Jarvis was a young newcomer at the beginning of it and now made it to Loughborough. Both former coaches of the LACPP now work for Chelsea and Westminster swimming club as coaches.
For example clubs like Barnet Copthall produced Olympic Swimmers but even they are not represented in the National team for 2019. The new club Natare, run by former Olympian Michal Jamieson, which produced many national swimmers, not in the game for 2019 either.