|Last updated||18 January 2021|
|Sunday's Squad Zoom||What an inspiring Q&A session our younger squads were treated to on Sunday! We are so lucky that James and Ashley both took the time to give us a full hour of insightful and interesting answers to our swimming questions.
The key themes emerged as working really hard; loving swimming; enjoying the social side; working with your team mates to bring each other on for the benefit of the whole club and not just yourself; looking after your body; eating sensibly and preparing well for races. Both swimmers recognised the importance of technique, visualisation and focusing on your own game... not worrying about others performances.
James and Ash are an absolute credit to our Club, and the fact that they are so committed to Altrincham Swimming Club and clearly inspire each other every session is a real privilege to see.
A huge thank you from all of the swimmers on the call, and from Kate, Lucy and Jade
|Level X Racing, Series 1||
Some great news to share with you all!
The final standings from Series 1 of Swim England’s Level X have been released and we have three, yes three, top 10 swimmers! This translates to an English National Final!
Well done to Max O for his 8th place finish in the 100IM. He’s definitely one to watch in the future!
Ashley D took 9th in the 50 Fly, building on from his National final in 2019 in the same event.
James P finished 6th in the 100IM, 8th in the 50Free and 2nd in the 50Back, earning a Silver Medal in the process!
Well done to the three boys on their outstanding achievements and for flying the flag for our Club nationwide. To achieve such amazing times and results at the end of such a turbulent year is credit to their work ethic and commitment to their training.
We can’t wait to bring round 2 of Level X later in the year and we’re sure more names will start creeping onto those National leaderboards.
Keep up the amazing work you’re all doing at land training and endurance wise and we’ll be ready to go again when we get the green light.
|Land Training||Hi All,
Firstly, a huge thank you and well done to the massive numbers that we've had tuning into the land training sessions this week. It's fantastic that so many of you are motivated and obviously keen to make sure you return to swimming with as much fitness as possible!
Following on from last week's email, just to confirm that until further notice land training will follow the same timetable it has in the last week.
There will be 3 sessions per week - all around 50-60 minutes long. The sessions are written by myself in order to help develop the strength and flexibility that is needed to improve our strokes and progress in the pool. The sessions are open to all swimming members and I must stress that cameras must remain on. This is to coincide with our risk assessment and to ensure safety of all. Also, I will give out coaching pointers and tips to challenge and help people along the way. I will unfortunately have to remove trainers with their cameras turned off.
The weekly sessions will be:
As land training is most likely going to be on Zoom for a while, here is some recommended equipment you could look at to enhance your training (not compulsory) - Swimmers have been using makeshift equipment such as tins of beans and milk cartons.
1 or 2kg dumbbells
3 or 5kg medicine balls
Swimmers who have land trained throughout the lockdowns have made stronger returns to the pool and their strokes are developing quicker than non trainers. Land training is not compulsory but I would highly recommend giving it a go if you want to try and take your swimming up a level!
Please also see here for a message that your swimmer may be interested in seeing.
|Squads 3-5 Zoom Calls||We have brought back the squad Zoom call on a Sunday night at 5pm. It was great to see so many join on Sunday and hope as many of you as possible can join in the coming weeks. All swimmers are welcome but this is aimed largely at squads 3-5. Look out in your inbox for the Zoom invites.|
|Lockdown 3 Run Plans||As you all know, we are out of the pools again, and we are really keen that swimmers do not lose the fitness that they have worked so hard to build up in the last 4 weeks back in the pool.
We have talked a lot about the best way to keep fit in these times, and we really do think that running is the best cardiovascular exercise to keep fit whilst trying to balance school/home school, dark nights and poor weather conditions. This balanced with the Zoom Land Training sessions are a very effective mix.
We've put together a plan which combines Chris's Zoom sessions with some short run sessions that should be accessible to most members. Whilst we do not expect every swimmer to complete every session each week, the more sessions you can complete then the better the outcomes will be.
Kate has put together a short video explaining how the run plan will work here
We hope that swimmers will engage with this programme so that we can be back up to speed as quickly and easily as possible when the pools do reopen!
|Tier 4 - Training Cancelled and Training fees||Further to the news that we're now in tier 4, unfortunately it means that swimming is once again put on hold and our return to Altrincham Leisure Centre is therefore postponed.
With immediate effect, there will be no more swimming training until further notice.
Training fees will be paused and we'll be in touch again in the next week to let you know what's happening with land training sessions and also with Membership renewals, which are due next month.
Despite the disappointing news, we'd like to wish all our swimmers and families a very Happy New Year. Enjoy this evening as much as you can and let's hope that 2021 is a happier, healthier, safer and more prosperous one for us all!
|2020 Presentations||The 2020 Presentations were made this evening at Sale Leisure Centre; presentations were as follows:-
2021 Club Captains - Boys Captain, Arthur F and Girls Captain, Emily I
2020 Swimmers' Swimmer - Michael G
2020 Coaches' Swimmer - Bo S2020 Chloe Waddell Cup Winner - Max O
|Self-Isolation Reporting||If your swimmer needs to self-isolate, please let us know by completing our online form here. This will ensure that the Coaches are aware which training sessions you cannot attend.|
|Kit Shop||As we no longer have the facility for selling kit, if you're looking for any kit, please see the shop on our website, where the remaining stock is being sold.|
|Lost Property||Please remember that we have a Lost Property section on the website. There have been a few things added to this recently, so, if your swimmer has lost anything during training sessions, please check this on our website or here.|
|Volunteering Opportunities||As always, we have several opportunities for you to get involved with the Club. Full details of vacant volunteer roles within the Club is on the website.|
|Medical Records||Can you please ensure that any updates to Medical Records for swimmers are communicated to our Membership Secretary.|
|Fundraising by Shopping||Please consider raising funds for our club via the Easy Fundraising online service. Shopping doesn't cost you a penny more, but as you make purchases online shops make a donation to the club. All you do is register (it's good to click the "Find & Remind" button) and start shopping. Please give it a go and encourage others to do so too – it's effectively free money to benefit the members of our club! Thank you. More information is on the website, or via the link http://www.altrinchamsc.org.uk/index.php/club-information/fundraising|
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