Uncertainties

Apparently in high-performance programs things work from year to year, the season as it is called. In the average swimming club, you can sign up for continuous training but now we have learned that the LACPP training may change.

We pondering whether to find another club or just wait and see what happens. The life of a swimmer is full of surprises.

Whilst we are signed up for competitions we have something to aim for. The calender was rolled out till the end of July this year and then we just don’t know yet.

Whilst Madison has already achieved a few Essex county times for next year, a new club might not be Essex but Middlesex again.

Onward forward and swimming can only get better. Our next meet is in Thurrock’s 25m pool. And as life has it, the competition is on 17 June but it’s age as on 18 June. What a difference a day makes, it makes a whole year’s difference age-wise. No worries, it is a challenge to be had.

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.

Basildon & Phoenix level 1 meet, day 1+2.

Day 1

4 races for @lac_pp and 4 medals, 100% success rate @gllsf.  1 silver and 3 bronze.

Basildon 50 m poolThe 50 m pool is great at the Basildon Sporting Village.

Day 2

4 races 2 silver medals in 400 free and 200 IM.

Official results

May I say that the organisation and fluency of proceedings is outstandingly good at the Basildon pool.

Madison achieved Personal Best times in 6 of the 8 events entered.
Overall swimmers for LACPP achieved, 11 Gold, 16 Silver, 14 Bronze.

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.

British swimming championships 2017

A must to watch the live stream or highlights, look at the results and get an excellent insight into the latest trends in swimming. The commentators give invaluable tips on developments and techniques.

The Championships are live transmitted on the British Swimming YouTube channel and also via their website, #BSC17.

Even if you cannot find the time to watch it live, like my swimmer who is always training when the events are on, look at the highlights or the playbacks.

It is the first time for Madison that she actually knows the swimmers at the British Championships and that especially awakes Madison’s interest in performing well herself.

Known well to Madison is Angharad Evans; Angharad swims for West Suffolk but trains with Madison at the London Aquatic Centre in the National Youth Squad a few times per week; often in the same lane. Angharad who only just turns 14 on Tuesday, broke the British Junior record in the 50 breast and swims tomorrow the 100 breast as well, broke the age-group record.

It is a great bonus that swimmers such as Jarvis Parkinson and Aimee Willmott are daily acquaintances around the pool and the competitive spirit is great at the LACPP.

London Youth Games 2017

May I strongly advise any Tower Hamlets based swimmers either by school or home-address or both to register with the Tower Hamlets organiser richard.arlett@thysf.org directly rather than wait to be invited. Please register by the middle of May 2017. The event is coordinated by the Tower Hamlets Youth Sport Foundation.

There are some great swimming events and the Aquathalon is great fun and consists of combined swimming and running. Youth Games swimming events are at the beginning of July. Please look this up at the Youth Games website.

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.

 

Good news

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Better membership card for the GLL training support, outside the LAC with view of the Copper Box.

Madison has been awarded the GLL Sport foundation training sponsorship, which means Madison gets free access to all GLL sports centres for a whole year. Madison can’t wait to go to the gym at the Copper Box Arena.

 

@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.

The calm waters of Fullwell Cross

with bright reflections of the glorious sunshine on the Saturday midday break were the calm before the storm; when swimmers set out to get those last-chance regional qualifying times. See full results LBRSC-17-Last-Chance-Regional-Qualifier-Results.

Despite the heavy cough last weekend Madison smashed her Personal Best times by quite a margin.

  • 20 seconds off the 400 freestyle
  • 2 seconds off the 50 back
  • 5 seconds off the 100 back
  • 3 seconds off the 200 back
  • 4 seconds off the 50 breast

and winning

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1 Gold (50back), 2 silvers (100 back, 50 fly), 1 bronze (200 back) and some place medals in an excellent field of swimmers. But unfortunately Madison is just a fraction outside of the regional qualifying times but edges nearer and nearer to them each year and in more strokes than one. That sounds promising. I think there will be a breakthrough on the regional times next year.

Just trying to find out at what stage other swimmers reached their regional status, whether they were all early or some later.

One has to measure progress in manageable steps and what is so very pleasing about this spring’s Redbridge result is the fact that

  • Madison won 4 top 3 finishes in an age 12-13 group, when she is not even 13 yet.
  • the 50 back gold won straight after the 400 free, which also produced a record 20 sec. improvement.

The friendships were renewed by swimmers across the club scene with many moments of happiness around the pool.