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.

FINA points

Just trying to find the best way to appreciate the placings Madison has gotten in the latest County championships, where Madison did not get a podium finish but had some very good Personal Best Times.

In mixed ability races winner always gets determined by the amount of FINA points a swimmer achieves. The highest number of points is 1000 and that is the points awarded to the world record holder; all slower swimmers get awarded FINA points in proximity of that world record.

Clubs always tend to praise the podium winners the most because that is the highest award a race winner gets in any particular meet. Yet the fastest swimmer in total is the person that is closest to the world record in their particular category.

Name      year of birth      stroke      time              FINA points   place
Madison 2004                   fly             36:65            320                  28.
The current world record for

  • male 50 meter fly is 22:43  = 1000 FINA points
  • female 50 met  fly is 24:43 = 1000 FINA points
  • So all a podium finish in any race, other than a race that sets a new world record says, is that the person who won the medal was the fastest at that meet.

For the first time in her young swimming career, Madison has breached the 400 points barrier, achieving 412 points for 50 backstroke and 403 points for 50 freestyle.

All swims were of course brilliant swims and I am looking forward to the last leg of the Essex Championships on the weekend 18/19 February at the Basildon Sporting Village.

It is getting very exciting now, and the desire to swim even better at the next meets has grown immensely. All points achieved, help the club in the overall rankings within the Essex county. I think it is brilliant that a small club like LACPP managed to get to 16. so far, Madison will try the hardest in the Block C swimming competitions.

ECASA 2017, 50m sprints

Madison was very happy to compete at this event on 4th. February 2017 at the London Aquatic Centre. As stated in the previous post, it was a tremendously well organised event that managed to allow many swimmers to compete during the day.

This competition was very important for Madison as it was an important goal setter for her future aspirations in swimming.

I am awaiting the official results but believe Madison came 30th. out of 99 swimmers in the 13 years age category in the 50 freestyle, 14th in the backstroke out of 75 swimmers  (winning her heat) and 28th in the fly out of 55 participants. Madison achieved Personal Best times in all her swims since entering competitions as LACPP swimmer.

I am adding to this as the results get published.

We are extremely pleased that the entry times were suitable to catch brilliant level 3 swimmers like Madison and elevate them into this category 1 environment. It has opened our eyes by experiencing how fast others in her age-category are and how much faster Madison has to swim to compete at the top ten level.

I am now no longer disheartened, as I was after the 800 freestyle 2 weeks ago, but gotten fresh inspirations from today.

Seeing Mark Foster at towards the end of the day, make me feel that we are in the right place to achieve more.

British squad in Luxembourg

Please follow the events, when the British Squad will swim in a European competition in Luxembourg. British Swimming promoted the event and there are links to follow the results of the competition. LACPP’s Aimee Wilmott will be part of the team and Madison will see a good role-model for her future career in action here.

Aimee won 2 silver 400 free & 200 IM and 2 bronze medals for 800 free & 200 breast.

. Full results list here.

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.