Head Coach Report 2018-11-06
We have had a very successful year at Braintree Swimming Club a lot less eventful than the previous year with the pool closure.
We are now I feel up there with some of the small top clubs in Essex and are giving some of the other clubs a run for their
money. It has as always been extremely busy season but the coaching team is great and working well together to get the
amazing results that we have.
I would like to take time to say a hue thank you to all the committee that support what we the coaching team do and to all the
volunteers/officials that help to run club champs/ open meets and galas without you none of it would be possible.
Essex Championships - Jan /Feb. 2018
61 county swimmers overall (including relays)
15 swimmers managed a total of 60 finals
6 swimmers managed 16 medals
Relay finalists – 8 - 1 x bronze (9/10 girls), 3 x 5th, 1x 6th, 2 x 7thand 1 x 8th Medals
Gold’s 4 0
Silvers 11 5
Bronze 3 6
Compared to last year we are 3 swimmers down on making Essex qualifications but we made 18 more finals and collected 7 more medals. (Not
including relay finalists)
We finished 11th in the county overall as a club, last year we were 14th
We currently have 53 individual swimmers already qualified for 2019. Next year relay participants and results will be slightly different as I am
only allowed 1 girls team and 1 boy’s team per age group.
Essex Masters March 2018
3 Swimmers Competed, Lee Ed and Ben
Lee 3 gelds 1 silver in the 40/44 age group
Regional’s - May 2018
11 regional swimmers
6 finals from 5 swimmers
2 x 5th, 1 x 6th, 1 x 7th and 2 x 8th places
No medals this year but this is down to Charlie and Charles now being in open age group.
4 more regional swimmers and 1 more final than 2017
We already have 11 swimmers already qualified for long course 2019 regionals
British Masters June 2018
Ed and Ben competed
Nationals July 2018
Charlie Boden qualified for Summer Nationals but was unable to attend
Essex winter counties
5 finals from 2 swimmers
Down on swimmers from last year as many away at half term
6 qualified – 2 unable to attend due to sickness or injury
2 finals from lee
We did not attend this meet last year as most were competing in Bath
8 club records – Charlie Boden, Charlotte Hooks, Morgan Foster, and Josh Parker
Essex talent programme - We had 4 swimmers picked this year, Harmonie Fry-Oliff, Thomas Underdown, Collin Okusaga and Sophie O'Rorke
We also had 3 swimmers picked to represent Essex in 2 Inter-County teams, Charlie Boden, Sophie Clerkin and Harmonie Fry-Oliff
Mini League – We are currently sitting 2nd this time last year we were sitting 5th
M1 1 we finished 10 – 2017 we finished 11th
Arena League we are currently sitting 4th
- 2017 we finished 7th
Swimming Camps or training
Regional Training – 1
st year for a while that our swimmers have attended regional training this will carry on this year.
Easter weekend – we took 21 swimmers for a weekend of swimming at Crystal Palace. A great weekend of fun and hard work
We have offered an abroad camp but without much interest
Qualifications and courses
I have been attending a senior Coaching course for the last year this is still ongoing - paid for by bursary from Essex
Joe and Charles are now qualified assistant coaches - paid for by M11 league
Ben, Joe and Charles attended a course regarding age group swimmers ran by the county at crystal palace
Charity Fundraiser –Little Miss and Mr Children’s Cancer trust – whole club sponsored swims raised £5000 in January 2018
Kevin Pickard East region representative visited the club to give talk to parents in July
Dean Walker East region Development officer visited the club to give a water polo session in July
I have recently introduced distance badges for junior group’s rookie to platinum this will start as of Thursday the 7th November. It also includes
a preliminary start award.
I will also be introducing Speed awards for 25 m time trial evenings for rookies to platinum.
If any other swimmer not in the squads mentioned wants an award I’m happy to oblige
Our current coaching team
Erica – Head Coach
Nicky – Assistant to Head Coach
Ben –Assistant to head coach
Charles – Assistant Coach
Joe – Assistant Coach
Archie – Lane Coach
New since last year
Charlie – Lane Coach
Mark – Lane Coach
Poppy – Lane Coach
Eloise – Lane Coach
Diane Neave – Land training
I am hoping that some of the lane coaches will take the assistant coach course and coaching course
Dear Swimmers and Parents/Guardians
We have a busy couple of months coming up full of galas and open meets. I have recently noticed in the last year or two the change in attitude towards open meets and
races. So many positives but there are negatives that come with this.
Positives are the eagerness of swimmers wanting to compete in open meets and galas. great friendships and bonds these swimmers are forming, always encouraging each other to do there best whilst
performing and training to the best of their ability.
As a coach this is all I can ask of all of them and to see them do this with a smile.I see so many swimmers who feel under pressure to obtain county times, be the leader in the lane , get the medal .
I want all swimmers and parents to know that the happier they are the better they will swim , which will then boost confidence. There are naturally talented swimmers , hard working swimmers, gutsy
swimmers, and most important happy in themselves and their ability swimmers.
So to all swimmers out there, give everything a go, do what you can to improve and try to focus on your abilities and not that of others. Everyone can improve as long
as the focus is on themselves and not what others are doing. There will always be a difference in squads and abilities but that does not mean you are limited to improving.
Good luck to all and remember hard work pays off whether its now ,next week or next year . Every race is practice for the next one .
The pressure to be the best is sometimes to much, all I can ask of our swimmers is to train your hardest, swim your heart out and enjoy what you do with
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