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Colchester Swim Academy swimmers get a taste of competitive swimming

Colchester Swimming Club's swimmers were joined by some of the club's Academy swimmers last weekend at the first round of its Club Championships events. 13 of the Academy's swimmers attended and competed in a range of strokes alongside their club team mates. All competitors held their nerve and put in some terrific performances. Those competing were: Katelyn Parfitt, Olivia Ledwidge, Daisy Himsworth, Amy Milburn, Verhonaa Narayanasamy, Olivia Vinter, Emily Reedie, Theo Gardiner, Alec D'Arcy-Jones, Joshua Bleck, Jack McCarthy, Isaac Farrugia and Harry Moonie.

 
Academy Swimmers participate in Club Championships
 
Colchester Swimming Club Academy is dedicated to equipping young aspiring swimmers with the skill set necessary to potentially compete. If you have a child between the ages of 5 and 10 years, who is keen for swimming to be their sport, and have the basics of the strokes mastered, please contact Julie Firth to arrange a trial on: academy.enquiries@colchesterswimming

Colchester Swim Academy swimmers get their first taste of competitive swimming

Colchester Swimming Club's swimmers were joined by some of the club's Academy swimmers at last Friday's time trials in preparation for this weekend's annual Open Meet. This Sunday, June 21st, will see some of the club's aspiring swimmers getting their first taste of competitive swimming at the club's 2nd Midsummer Madness Open Meet.

 
Academy Swimmers participate in time trials
 

Colchester Swimming Club Academy is dedicated to equipping young aspiring swimmers with the skill set necessary to potentially compete. If you have a child under the age of 10, who is keen for swimming to be their sport, and have the basics of the strokes mastered, please contact Julie Firth to arrange a trial on: academy.enquiries@colchesterswimming.com

Annual Academy Distance Swim - March 2015

We would just like to congratulate all of the swimmers who participated in this years distance swim. It proved to be an incredibly popular evening with swimmers far surpassing our expectations. There were 33 swimmers who conquered a mile and 4 of our younger swimmers achieved their first legal 50m, with many other swimmers exceeding targets in between.

Such an event takes much organisation and without the support of our fantastic coaches and volunteers, we could not host such an evening.

Thank you to one and all.

Colchester Swim Academy moves more swimmers to Junior Squad

The start of 2015 saw another 7 Academy swimmers achieve selection into the Colchester Swimming Club competitive Junior swimming squad. The successful swimmers, Mia Perylzo, Owen William, Francesca Williams, Ben Sherratt, Cora MacKenzie-Gray, Jack Sheekey, Eloise Parry and Eloise Smart will now carry on their hard work and dedication to the sport as part of the junior squad.
Swim Academy Manager Donna Cowan said of the moves, "This is an incredible achievement for them all. Their hard work and determination has paid off. They should be very proud of themselves."
Colchester Swimming Club Academy is dedicated to equipping young aspiring swimmers with the skill set necessary to potentially compete. If you have a child under the age of 10, who is keen for swimming to be their sport, and have the basics of the strokes mastered, please contact Julie Firth to arrange a trial on: academy.enquiries@colchesterswimming.com
 
New Academy Swimmers join Junior squad

Colchester Swim Academy seeks more potential future swimming stars

Launched in April 2013 to try build on the legacy of the 2012 London Olympic Games, Colchester’s new Swim Academy has already proved to be a huge success.

11 young swimmers have already been successful in achieving selection into the Colchester Swimming Club competitive Junior swimming squad, after just 30 weeks of teaching and coaching. The successful swimmers, some of whom are pictured with Colchester SC Head Coach Michelle Young, were: Gabriel Annis, Anola Jordan, Ross Jordan, William Pestell, Charlotte Tree, Sam Lemnell, Finlay Keating, Edward Cox, Holly MacCarthy, Lizzie Woods and Seb Tilley.

Colchester Academy swimmers selected to join main Club

Head Coach Michelle commented. “These swimmers were selected on the basis on their stroke technique, fitness, attitude and potential to develop under our new coaching structure. As a coach it is fantastic to welcome into our squads so many new talented young swimmers, who have been learning their sport under our own teachers and coaches in the Academy. Our Junior Squad coach, Steph Young, teaches in the Academy and helps the swimmers with the transition into competitive swimming. I am convinced that the Academy, under Donna Cowan’s expert management, will continue to inspire Colchester’s youngsters to want to enjoy competitive swimming and the benefits it brings”

Swim Academy Manager Donna Cowan is proud of her protégés’ success, “The children have worked so hard each week to perfect their technique and some of them even enjoyed their first taste of competitive swimming in our Club Championships in November”.

As a result of the moves, Colchester Swim Academy now have some gaps to fill and have a trial scheduled at Leisure World on Thursday 16th of January at 5pm for selection into the Academy lessons. Children should have already learned the basic swimming strokes and if parents are interested in their children having a trial, they should ring 07583 685518 or contact Julie Firth for full details on: academy.enquiries@colchesterswimming.com

Academy debut at Colchester Club Champs

For the first time in the Club’s history, swimmers from Colchester SC’s new Academy donned their striking red swimming caps and made their competitive debut at this year’s Club Championships at the Leisureworld pool. In an effort to build on the Olympic legacy the Academy was launched in April this year, with the support of sponsor Dean Jackaman of local company Jackson and Co, to attract more youngsters to competitive swimming and is proving very popular, as children who have already learned the basic stroke techniques are taught improved technique, competitive starts, turns and finishes.

The initiative is beginning to bear fruit, as 15 young Academy swimmers experienced their first competitive 50m races and the 100m Individual Medley. Cheered on by all the other swimmers and their proud parents they remembered their training and put in some great performances, finishing ahead of some of the yellow hats of swimmers in the main squads! Those making their debut were: Grace Gardiner, Stephanie Joseph, Molly Grieve, Holly McCarthy, Eliza Robinson, Scarlett Wicks, Franchesca Williamson, Lizzie Woods, Edward Cox, Sam Jackaman, Finlay Keating, Mark Milburn, Kieran Milkins, Felix Szpakowski and Sebastian Tilley.

Colchester Academy success at Club Championships

Academy Manager and teacher, Donna Cowan, was proud of her protégés, “Their levels of concentration were amazing, as they remembered everything we had taught them about racing and the rules of competitive swimming. They enjoyed the experience and I and the other Academy teachers are very pleased with their progress. We are already looking at moving some swimmers through to the main squads and know this is the way forward for the Club and competitive swimming in Colchester.”



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