Incredibly exciting times ahead

My move to Hackney has proven to be the most important and best decision I have made in my young life, in sporting terms.

There are the best prospects ahead and I can work with swimmers on all performance levels.

From next weekend the club attends no less than 4 different competitions. There is lots of fun at:

There is something for everyone. Of course all competition swimmers (well most) want to be selected or the Premium selection meets like the Golden Tour but it is a very good feeling to be part of a great mix.

Madison will swim at the Regional Qualifier in Basildon.

Seeing that our head coach Rick Hall has gotten all these important letters after his name like Rick Hall (First Class BA HONS Sports Coaching, Level 3 Swimming Coach), and having experienced the club environment, I now think that the continuation of the former LACPP should have been transferred to Hackney Aquatics or a committee consisting of various clubs.

Hackney Aquatics has an amazing bunch of parent volunteers who run the club in great harmony and effectively and Hackney, out of all clubs we have had the pleasure to experience, has the most robust and effective financial system.

Hackney, like most local top clubs have now also signed up for Team Unify, a move that has not been made by Newham UEL, who promised exciting changes to their website last year but nothing has happened.

Rick Hall from Hackney Aquatics is also the most qualified coach to handle top swimmers as he is actually employed by Middlesex County as County Coach.

img_1181The competitive swimming club development within the LAC is still a precarious situation, which needs to be looked at further. Geographically located within the borders of Essex, LAC no less hosts all clubs within the area, who can be located within Essex County, Middlesex County or other counties.

Having trained there for over a year, whilst LACPP was a primary British swimming development, there is a certain flair attached for us and vivid memories connected with the LAC training environment.

I think all regional swimmers who trained with LACPP still miss the Saturday Beacon program and I think Swim England should again look at the situation and discuss this further.


We are team Unify

It finally happened, yesterday, Hackney Aquatics invited swimmers and parents to register with the Team Unify platform.

On with better ways to manage the swimming.

I downloaded the OnDeck app and there it is, all the details in one place, easy to overlook. Quite astonishing to get the overall attendance in such clear percentages. Missing only 4 sessions, reduces attendance to 84%.

But then there was Christmas in the last 4 weeks and kids usually attend the school Christmas concert and once we actually overslept the morning practise.

Getting the attendance statistics is a great way to reflect on attending. Also parents can easily see if their kids attended when they went swimming alone.

We have yet given up another side hobby to have more time for the swimming. I suppose the older one gets and the more one focuses on swimming the more time one wants to spend on it.

Apparently 14 seems to be the crunch point for many. Madison is very keen on swimming and luckily many friends have been in the sport since years and are also very keen, so that swimmers can strengthen each others desires to get better and motivate each other.

It’s very nice now to have the Best times on the program and the usefulness will grow on us.