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.

 

The Romford meet

How great that Luke Greenbank  came to the meet to sign autographs for swimmers, he is most famous for his backstroke. Incidentally Madison met Luke for the first 50 time at the Melanie Marshall Easter Camp. Madison even went to get the autograph.

Just as Melanie promised swimmers will loose a lot of races before they eventually get to the top; Madison did not win any medals at the Romford meet. Madison’s best placing was fourth twice, in the 50 and 100 back.

Madison had some great Personal Best times in her 200 IM and 50 free.

Just as another one of Madison’s favourite swimmers, Tim Shuttleworth won a bronze in the 5km swim. I can’t see Madison doing any long-distance though. Madison also met Timothy for the first time at the Melanie Marshall Easter Camp.

It was our last meet of the season and we look forward to a great new season to come. Just wonder whether Adam Peaty (whom Madison also met at the camp) had some good influence on Madison’s breaststroke because that seems to be picking up now.

 

5 days camp and 5 Olympians

What an action-packed week. This 5 day camp was superbly organised, even better delivered and certainly had a lot of inspiration packed into the program.

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Madison met Melanie Marshall, Grant Turner, Tim Shuttleworth, Adam Peaty and Luke Greenbank.

All swimmers gotten a medal, engraved with their name at the end of the 5-day camp and Madison chose to purchase a hoodie to remember the camp as well.

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Madison was in team South Africa. And during the week various athletes came to visit the

swimmers. This was an action-packed week and I can only admire how the organisers managed to keep 80 kids busy and happy during a week full of fun.

Tim Shuttleworth was giving a question and answer session as well as showing off his skills.

 

@Repton for swimcamp

Today I delivered Madison to Repton school near Derby for the Mel Marshall swiminspiration Easter Swimcamp.

What a wonderful atmosphere greated us with Mel Marshall greeting all the young athletes and Grant Turner taking part in the warm up dance.

Video analysis

As Youth squat members of the LACPP, swimmers are very privileged to get regular video analysis of their stroke technique. This happens more than once a month. Prior to becoming a member in this squad Madison had only a couple of video analysis done, once at her previous club and once when taking part in a Maximum Performances swim camp. Regular video analysis with the coach, helps to stop stroke errors regularly so that a swimmer doesn’t get stuck in bad habits. Alexander, Madison’s LACPP coach uses all the latest gadgets.

It takes around 9 month to re-learn a stroke once a swimmer has gotten into a habit of swimming it in the not most efficient manner.

Swimming inspirations coming

Madison just booked into the 2017 Easter swim camp run by Melanie Marshall, the 3-times swimming coach of the year winner and personal coach to Adam Peaty.

During the swim camp week, visits by swimming stars are promised and I really hope that Madison gets the chance to meet with Adam Peaty.

*Picture from British Swimming website