Great results

Most useful to know the actual improvements of a swim in the results pages. Hackney Aquatics gives this superb overview on results in age group competitions and that is more useful than to know one has won a medal.

It is actually better to get a 15 second PB and second place in the 800 free rather than a gold medal with a time that is not a personal best.

Once a performance swimmer as a teenager, there is an aim to get better times most meets.

We did do a lot of meets though and the more meets one participates in the lower becomes the improvement ratio.

If you only compete 3 times per year than the improvement ratio becomes higher and more impressive.

 

Measuring sporting potential

medalsWe have hordes of medals and all those medals are no guarantee of future sporting success, they were gained in so-called low-level 3 meets.

What really determines sporting talent is the ability to get regional and national and international qualifying times.

But, when young, for example when a 10-year-old gets regional times, that does not mean they’ll always get regional times in the future.

When a 14-year-old doesn’t get regional times that doesn’t mean they won’t get them the following year.

I am drawing up a table now to measure improvement or decline.

A simple formula

financial reward for

Gaining regional, national times and medals. (Though medals do not pay as much as regional or national times).

financial penalty for

performing at less than a previous best time for each event.

So for example, go to a meet, do 9 events. If at worst the swimmer swims below previous Personal Best time that accrues a considerate financial penalty in terms of deduction from future earnings from medals or achieving target times.

However if the swimmer gains by getting a regional time, gains a medal but swims below PB in just one event, then there will be overall a financial gain.

How a parent does the math and what sums are involved will most likely depend on the spare cash available.

The more hopeful performance is, the greater the financial reward. If financial penalties keep mounting up then perhaps there is little point in training as intensely and it is time to concentrate on other, more rewarding activities, like trying to get all A*** in the GCSEs.

 

 

Just a bronze?

If you come in 4th place you wish you had a bronze medal at least.

Medals are very hardly fought for and are one expression of success. Many clubs are very proud of their medal winners.

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200 m backstroke bronze won at the BWFSC county qualifier meet 1.10.17

For an athlete like Madison the amount of medals is currently rising.

But for each successful medal earned comes also a Personal Best and greater confidence as a swimmer.

This is the one time that Madison swam for Newham&UEL swimming club and she earned a medal. Madison had 2 events in that meet.

 

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.

 

 

 

Redbridge the 2-year interval age-group

Age-groups in 2 yearly intervals are very tough for those who are on the first steps of the year ladder. Madison only just turned 12 but her age-group spanned 12 – 13, meaning that anybody between 12 and almost 14 could take part.

We are grateful Madison could achieve some PB’s but her best placing out of all her races was 8th.

Madison usually ranks better in races, which are held in single age-groups e.g. just 12. But it always usually works out that those near the end of their age group do better than those at the beginning.

It is important as a younger swimmer, to not just become a medal hunter and only enter competitions where you know you are very likely to get a medal because of age and best stroke. Important it is though, to enter competitions for your weakest stroke and rather be last and work your way up than ignore that stroke and never learn it.

Click for the full results of the meet on 1/2 October 2016, Early County Qualifier at Fullwell Cross here.