We are still fighting to save the National Senior section of LACPP

I cannot help commenting on this awful situation that has developed around the LACPP’s senior program, that saw many swimmers move to London to take part.

It includes national, international and 1 Olympic athlete. This athlete, Aimee Wilmott, incidentially also is the Commowealth Games Ambassador for England for the next term. Considering that there was a hot article in the Swimming Times about this new hot club LACPP that also is the only club in London that has been awarded Swim 21 ASA competitive swimming environment status, it is hard to belief that those e-mails and messages from UEL to swimmers shall be final.

It beggars belief that a swimmer who needs to take part in the 2020 Olympics, the World Championships in Budapest and the Commonwealth Games in Australia, gets told suddently that their training program will be taken away. SwimSwam has published an article about the situation which is quite bizarre. Apparently senior swimmers did a job to attract younger swimmers to the club and are now no longer needed as the younger swimmers have now joined?

Cost-cutting measures never improve a service, what needs to be done is to make the service more attractive to make it pay.  I do not think that the tactic saying that perhaps in a few years time the senior program will start up again will make swimmers trust into the program again. They would naturally be afraid that it will be taken away again after a short while.

I am sure most club members will not accept this as final. There will be many complaints because also the parents of the lower squad members want the Senior swimmers to stay at the club to give the younger swimmers an aim. A good club has a mixture of younger and older swimmers, they compliment each other and make the club wholsome.

I am hopeful that there will be a reversal of that decision by the UEL and Swim England.

Just to calculate the cost of this proposed UEL scheme in that Senior Squad swimmers should find another club and only come part-time to training sessions at the LACPP. Currently a full-time swimmer at senior section pays £120 per months for 24 1/2 hours training per week. If swimmers need to join another club because LACPP wants to reduce senior swimming sessions to 16 hours per week then the swimmers would have to pay the full club fee for their new club at probably £95 per months and the LACPP fees at probably £100 per month. That would double their costs.

This is more than unreasonable from just this point of view alone.

Qualify for London region?

We are getting ready for this year’s level 1, Basildon Spring long-course meet, this weekend. Dates coincide with London region age group champs.

Madison favourite stroke is the 50 back at the moment.

The official consideration time London Age Group champs for boys is 36:7 and for girls 36, both aged 13.

A male friend of Madison got accepted for regionals with an entry time of 36:20 that equals 241 Fina points. (Converted short-course time).

Madison’s time is 36:34 (long-course). That’s 412 Fina points.

I just don’t know why London region accepts 241 Fina points but doesn’t allow 412 Fina points to apply.

We are very glad to get the opportunity of participating on the level 1 Basildon and Phoenix meet that runs concurrently on the same dates as London Region Age Group champs and all the hard work at least led to 8 qualifying times for the Basildon meet.

London Age-group champs 2017

It is this time of year again, where our young and promising swimmers compete in the London Region Age-group championships. The times are fast and furious.

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Madison meets the times for her actual age, at the date of the competition but the rules require to state the age for the competition at 1 year older than she actually is and so Madison is always slightly slow each year. At the time of the competition Madison is 12 but needs to swim the 13-year-old times. I suppose she’ll have to wait until she is 17 before she can get the regional time and then progress from there.

I’ll have to check how different swimmers develop to see if there is a chance that some swimmers get fast later and some earlier than others.

Lets see if the swimming lasts that long. Madison is very determined right now. In British Swimming open aging starts for females born 1999 or earlier. So that Madison needs to be 17/18 to get a level-playing field.

Obviously swimmers need to compete at the age that they are on 31 December 2017. If a swimmer is born in January 2017, they have a huge age advantage. Madison is born in June and has 6 month to make up.

It remains to be seen if Madison can close that gap eventually. Madison surely loves swimming and will try her hardest.

 

Essex County and new parking charges at the LAC

ECASA has a superbly organized day of 50 m competitions @LAC today. Despite hundreds of fiercely competing swimmers from 29 clubs, the atmosphere was relaxed and enjoyable.
Today I even saw Mark Foster at poolside during the Essex County Championships.

As part of the Olympic Legacy LACPP is a competitive club that established at the LAC as a new national performance Centre. Training sessions start at 6AM and parents need to bring younger swimmers from miles away, like Kent, Greenwich. It is not feasible to travel by public transport as it would take more than 60 minutes, whilst a car reduces travel-time to 15 minutes.
The BBC sent a reporter to interview Harley Hicks and some parents about this. The BBC news at 17:45 will report about this. Harley was awarded the swimming teacher year of the year award by the Amateur Swimming Association.

Whilst I personally reside very local and can take a bus, Madison will miss friends who have to leave the club over the parking charges that can cost as much as £2,000 per to parents.
Is it really necessary to make swimmers’ parents bear the cost of running the Olympic Park? How is it possible to run a swimming club for youngsters, most of which have to be brought by their parents, if parking is unaffordable?

An action group has distributed a leaflet and people are invited to lobby the London Legacy Development Corporation about the issue.

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The Parking charges at the LAC put the LACPP under an unfair disadvantage because other clubs do not charge parents for parking when they bring, collect or accompany their children to swimming practise.

Rankings

The ASA website has this wonderful tool, that allows swimmers to compare themselves to others within a chosen region. Also one can ascertain the ranking within the last 12 months or all time for various nationalities.

It’s a little bit hard sometimes to see one doesn’t come within the top 10 on a search; Today Madison ranks joint 16th on the 50 meter freestyle in Essex County. Tomorrow comes the big test, swimmers from 29 clubs will try to get into the top-ten, to make the finals. They swim in age-groups and anybody is aged as they would be on 31st. December 2017, even if they are born in January.

Last year Madison was ranked 20th in the same category, she has improved 4 places since joining LACPP.

I am taking some solace from stories I heard that Adam Peaty ranked 38? when he was younger and that Michael Phelps always was in the B-squad as a youngsters and tried his best to catch up.

I suppose in swimming success comes with endurance and longevity; swimmers train for years each day of the week, sometimes twice per day with gym training in between to be at the peak performance in a competition.

Swimming skills build over time, hang in there and train hard. A personal best is always good.

Swim 21 Performance Environment

LACPP is currently the only London club with this prestigious award. Proud to be part of it. Just read the news on the LACPP Facebook page.

It is true, the training atmosphere in the LAC is very pleasant, the cleanest I have experienced from any pool I have been too, and one just feels good.

Madison was very sceptical before joining, but now, she would not want to leave.

This latest accreditation makes LACPP officially the BEST club in London.

Good Times for the LACPP

I just had to subscribe to the Swimming Times magazine as published by the ASA. Usually I collect newspaper cuttings about Madison and key articles about the club. This one article ranks the LACPP as one of the most important national newcomers of the UK swimming scene.  Titled “Beacon shining bright” it is geared towards enticing swimmers to want to join this new venture in the London metropolis.

We are very proud to be one of the first members there and hope to make an incredible contribution to the club’s successes.

ASA tips for support

How to support your child at swimming events is a page I just came across via my Facebook account. Have a look at their tips.  I shall also put a permanent link to this page in my links section.

Keeping clam is the main message. But also please do remember, your child won’t be able to hear you once they are in the pool. It is very loud in a swimming arena and because swimmers’ ears are under the water most of the time, they cannot hear you. They can hear the crowd in general.

In most level 3 age groups, where coaches are allowed pool side and team mates often support club swimmers, they are immersed in poolside support. The only time the child will see the parents is at the start when they line up and glance up into the gallery.

Another good tip is also become an official/volunteer, it keeps you busy and helps your child a lot.

And out goes you

Waiting to transform into one of those really fast swimmers that qualify for the ‘London region winter championships’. Closing date for entries is tomorrow. Qualifying times state 16 and under. A small consolation perhaps that Madison has a few years to go till 16 but it would be nice to be faster than expected.

Perhaps I can expect a super-fast time through transcendental transformation?

Being in a fast club helps, at least we get the invites to the competition, something to work towards next year.

Next competition is in Redbridge 25 m pool

On 2. October Madison will swim in Redbridge’s Early County Qualifier. The event stretches over 2 days 1+2. October.

Prior to such competitions we tend to train each day to get fitter. County Qualifier events are held each autumn by many clubs because the County championships are usually held in January / February of each year. At least Middlesex and Essex County hold their in those first 2 months of the year.  As this is the flu season, regular training helps to keep the flu away.

Since Madison joined LACPP we belong to Essex County and they have their County Champs entry times published here. Clubs usually download the packs and invite swimmers to enter those competitions prior to the closing date.

Madison has already achieved a few qualifying times for the forthcoming county competition but still attends preliminary meets to get into the competitive mood and I think to meet up with swimming friends.