Adam Peaty MBE

Adam’s receiving his MBE is probably one of the most shared and liked images on Twitter and across all swimming publication platforms.

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Because Adam is one of the cleanest athletes and that is what makes him so likeable.

The guy never moanes. He is seen working out, trying new moves, emphasizing training methods are the most important tool of a swimmer; so Adam is probably the most important influence on Madison today.

Madison met Adam briefly during her stay at Mel Marshall’s Easter swim camp; Adam held a lecture to camp attendants this year 2017. There will be another camp next Easter.

Even as a parent I can learn a lot from this swimmer because he proves that only hard training and concentrating on the pool can make a swimmer; I just used to moan at the coach that Madison didn’t get promoted quick enough when she was younger.

Moaning at coaches doesn’t make any swimmer faster, it just makes working together that little bit harder. I am now not getting involved any longer apart from bringing her to training and competitions. Trying to help out will make swimming competitions easier for everyone and is actually constructive as it provides a great platform for all who are keen to compete. Parents try getting onto officials courses that keeps you busy rather than wait around a pool for 2 days.

I have learned that parents really are most important as helpers and supporters rather than wanting to be critical friends.

And swimming is so rewarding. Because swimmers get fully occupied in the club activities parents can easily calculate their costs of the training and club membership because costs are easily predictable and spending is relatively steady.

Kids spend most of their spare time with the club and that makes swimming as a sport also a life-style and life-long good habit. Once a swimmer always a swimmer.

Even though I hear it that people complain that the cost of the swimming club is too high, in my experience the cost is easier to handle than having other impulse spending that usually happens when there is no proper plan in place to do things with the children after school and in holidays. Swimming club costs are fixed costs that can be calculated ahead for the season and there are few surprises that could break the bank. Even away swimming competitions can double up as family break away.

For Adam Peaty investing all his time in swimming worked out superbly and I suppose the sport is self-regulating because if the swimmer feels the success and that stimulates the swimmer to keep on swimming then that is a career path worth taking. Once swimmers get really good they get offered sponsorship and podium funding and I suppose commercial opportunities follow.

For others they fade out of the performance competition side of the sport and rather concentrate on education or work but the habit of going swimming will normally stay with all who once engaged with the sport.

If your child wants to swim and you think you want to support it, try and find a club for them.

 

National county team champs

Are to be held in Ponds Forge and the teams come from all over England.

Whilst looking through the swimmers representing Middlesex, our new County, I noticed that a new swimming club has been established.

Whilst Lisa Bates started at Chelsea & Westminster as Head of Swimming, one of the star swimmers, Clara von Opel, has joined the new club Natare, West London Swimming Club, headed by Michael Jamieson.

Michael Jamieson of course is a well-known ex Olympic swimmer for Great Britain and quite recent at that, Also Craig Gibbons is joint head-coach of the new club that trains at one of the C&W training pools, Latymer Upper school.

I am gobsmacked with HAC

Wow and wow again, I am almost speechless. I watched Hackney Aquatics training in the LAC on Tuesday mornings last year and the coach Richard Hall (Rick) always came across as a confidence booster. He radiates positivity and seems very in tune with his swimmers.

Many people invited us over the last year to join Hackney Aquatics and I always preferred the mainly 50 meter training at the LAC but the more I thought about the successes of other clubs who mainly train in 25 meter pools, the more I tended to follow those who wanted Madison to join Hackney Aquatics.

We did it, we are firmly now members of Hackney Aquatics and have been included in the coaching processes and without giving any details of it away, I must say that this is the best ever experience we’ve had.

Apparently Rick is a First Class BA Hons Sports Coaching, Level 3 Swimming Coach.

The atmosphere in this club is so wholesome.

People work together well, everybody is positive, competitions are planned well, training is superb and the whole package is just sublime. I am saying this after 10 years of swimming club experience.

From this perspective, Hackney Aquatics is run better than the LACPP was. What was missing in the LACPP and the LAC ACS is the club atmosphere. I think being in a club is very important for swimmers and parents alike.

Madison already seems happier than she ever was in the last 12 months.

Madison’s times have however steadily improved whilst at the LACPP and also in her most recent swim, she had some significant PBs. But, those swimmers with significant swimming successes whilst in LACPP last year were already superb swimmers with regional and national times when they had joined the LACPP.

Madison says she could be faster, she does still not have any Regional Times after 1 year of LAC only training and I am hoping that the superb coaching package of HAC and the excellent club will bring performance where it is needed.

Bright future

I am very happily excited today, when we get into the competition at the London Aquatic Centre. Things just couldn’t have worked out better.

New school, new club, better prospects. Now I’m not trying to look like a gold digger, saying this but with prospects I mean the prospects of a happy, fulfilled life are always important for a young person.

It’s great to go into a competition with all around good feelings about yourself, others you work and play with.

Apparently the Duke of Edinburgh Award is ideal for active sporting kids and positively embraces them. I have had such a positive phone call from the coordinator that all my fears went away just by listening to the totally positive approach the DofE has for children.

Madison can volunteer to help others, learn new life-skills and develop her sport, among other things.

Also Madison has been invited to an award evening with the Jack Petchey Foundation to receive her award medal there.

The new swimming club, Hackney Aquatics is top of the range with the latest equipment, gadgets and a head coach who is in charge of the Middlesex talent development program. Their training program is superb too.

I post later how the competition went today.

That’ll do nicely

I couldn’t resist watching the first training session of the new season and I was well impressed. The squad looked like a unified squad training and the session was just excellent. Oh, no, curiosity didn’t kill the cat as I am still around to tell the tale.

I’ve never seen the lanes so full of eager participants and soon we’ll have a waiting list for swimmers to join the club. Swimmers actually gotten some clever preparation sheets, the contents of which are highly scientific. Just right for the intellect. It’s not just brawn but also brain.

We are actually getting the benefit of world-class training preparation from a Goventry GB Premier Club. We get to learn about Oxygen intake and lactic Acid production and get a breakdown of the mileage swam each week.

Madison appeared pleasantly excited after this training session and actually thinks she still can learn a few tricks. So far so good.

LAC Advanced Coaching Scheme

LAC ASC will start training tomorrow at the Olympic Pool in Stratford. A very positive initial meeting today, which was attended by the Creme-de-la-Creme of British Swimming brought us the excellent news that Nick Sellwood, who is a member of the British Swimming Coaches Association and listed as one of the Olympic Coaches here, will be the interim coach at the LAC training pool the following week.

This program is getting better all the time and as I have heard this afternoon a new website will be open from tomorrow, Monday 4th. September 2017, through the NUEL swimming club website here. Apparently news just in say that a completely new website will open from tomorrow, 5th. September 2017.

However, at the time of editing this page 4/9/17, on the NUEL website, the training time-table is the old one. LAC ACS Revised timetable from 04.09.17 with training sessions starting at 17:00 on most days.

The club’s training program will be supervised by Swim England directly and it promises to be top quality performance coaching.

I understand that Holly Richards, NUEL’s current headchoach will be in charge until a new head coach for LACACS is appointed.

Excellent progress is being made, we can continue swimming swimmers.

LAC Advanced Coaching Scheme is administered by the Newham & NUEL swimming club, but the training schedule for swimmers being members of the LAC ACS runs from the LAC only.

There are swimmers that can be members of the host clubs only, including the Newham club whose training is based on their home borough, e.g. the pools in and around Newham or whichever borough they are from. Those clubs then have allocated sessions at the Olympic pool see the LAC ACS Revised timetable from 04.09.17. Those sessions are from 19:00 in the evenings and on Saturdays.

I understand that swimmers also can be members of a local club, and be part-time members of the LAC ACS, but that depends whether the club coach allows this part-time membership. I think a pro-rata payment for the swimming sessions is available on request.

Please contact your club’s coach if you are interested in this.

And I huff and I puff …..

and I blow your house down. The LACPP Facebook page has disappeared. I liked it, it was very well run and had many previous moments embedded in lovely pictures.

That is the nature of the Internet, it is a series of electronic commands that are placed on web servers and they can be turned off at any moment. It’s like a house of cards.

The LACPP website currently still exists. Tim Berners-Lee, the founder of the Internet once criticized it that websites get taken down at the spur of the moment, when they hold important markers and history. The first website was launched in 1990.  I started my first website in 1999; this also doesn’t exist anymore, it consisted of thousands of pages.

The best thing to do, when you are impressed by pics on the internet, save them straightaway or they might be gone the next time you look.

Running websites takes a lot of time and money. But Facebook actually allows content to stand as long as Facebook exists. Even though the LACPP ceases to exist, the Facebook page could remain with a note that the club no longer runs and that it is being replaced by a new one. But, as it goes, such Facebook groups, when they are commercial, somebody has to be responsible for maintaining them and that usually also is associated with cost.

The LACPP was written about in the Swimming Times and surely has impressed upon many people, not the least the swimmers and their families and of course the coaches that worked there.

Most images that were posted by LACPP can still be found online when using a search. I saved a few LACPP Facebook pictures but the other ones do not appear to have been kept at all by Facebook.

I think that the LAC itself is the most important historical marker of the club. People always remember history from the buildings.

For us swimmers, if we bought one, we still have the kit and that should have historical value rollapaluzaand a lot of sentimental value too.  All the swimmers that won medals at the one and only LACPP hosted age group on 13 October 2016 will have precious memories too.

Madison loves her LACPP kit and even wore it when entering a cycling competition.

I suppose when the new club is going to start, it will come with a new kit. The first meeting of the new club will be on 3rd September 2017. I almost forgot about that, I am such an Internet junkie, that unless it’s in e-mail or on the web, I don’t seem to realise.

The Internet is very important and good for sport, sports persons everywhere get inspiration from seeing others across the globe achieve and they want to do better.

 

 

 

History in the making

The new LAC based swimming club is in the making and we are going to take part in the newly compiled competition schedule for next season.

What a priviledge, not only could Madison participate in the first and only level-3 age group the old LACPP hosted at the LAC with Newham on 13. October last year, with medals that must have extreme rarity value, but she will also be part of the new club that is being developed.

This is true Olympic legacy, history in the making and very significant for Madison that she can swim for the first independently run swimming club that operates at the LAC.

We can hardly wait to learn who the new coaches are going to be and what the next season’s competition schedule will be.

I am sure that many swimmers are going to watch this new development closely. This new club is the most exciting swimming club development in Britain today.

 

 

keeping up the momentum

Those 6 weeks holidays are the first year ever that we have had no club training for the whole of August. Kids are just used to being told what to do. But this year we are taking the initiative and get in some much-needed fitness.

All the progress we’ve made last season is going to be lost if Madison just spends the whole month out of the pool.

For younger swimmers it is harder to just go training by themselves. But just 1 hour each day is manageable at the moment and it keeps the momentum going.

I am not sure whether the coach was joking when he said: “Enjoy the time away from the pool”[sic]. Since when do coaches like to see their swimmers away from the pool?

Beware of jokes from coaches swimmers, they sure don’t mean it sometimes.

 

Not sure what to do?

Whenever I am in doubt about anything to do with swimming I only seek advise from registered swimming or club officials. Trying to talk to various other parents only helps to deepen the mystery and increases the amount of rumours that are in circulation about things.

Be rational, take a factual approach, use measured results, calculate outcomes on proven criteria and make a decision on that basis rather than on emotional grounds or on information you heard somewhere.

If you talk a lot to moaners you’ll get mainly negative feedback, if you talk to officials they usually are supportive and positive.

One problem that often can exacerbate a situation is the fact that parents can sit and watch all swimming training and sometimes feel bad about something. The biggest mistake a parent can make is to go on those emotions and have a word with the coach, who is just trying to conduct the lesson.

In schools, parents are not in the classroom and cannot watch the lessons, parents act on what they heard from children and need to talk to teachers after the lessons or to head-teachers upon appointments.

Try to use a distant approach with swimming coaches; just because you can see them all the time doesn’t mean you can approach them all the time whenever you feel like it. This is counter-productive.

The only time I approached coaches is when I could proof my point.

For example in swimming clubs kids get promoted to squads and usually their time is the trigger factor for promotion. I noticed that a coach promoted other swimmers despite my swimmer having had faster times in competitions. I complained about this and made a good impression and gotten the result I wanted.